Rumour Mill: Rodgers to meet Celtic chiefs for transfer inquest | Morelos pens new Rangers deal | Dembele branded a ‘bad influence’

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is to meet with Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond for a transfer window debrief, Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos signs a new four-year deal with the Ibrox club and Moussa Dembele was branded a “bad influence” at Celtic.

Rodgers to meet Lawwell and Desmond for transfer inquest

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS/Alan Harvey

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted a full inquest with the club’s powerbrokers into the travails endured during the transfer window will be required to ensure lessons are learned and a repeat avoided. The Irishman conceded a window that should have been “straightforward” ended up “not ideal” and brought a final sour note as Moussa Dembele forced a £19.7million move to Lyon in the closing hours. (The Scotsman)

Dembele a ‘bad influence’ on Celtic squad

Moussa Dembele was told by Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Friday morning he would never play for him again because he was a bad influence, according to the Sunday Post. Rodgers banished him from the group and sparked his £19.7 million deadline-day move to Lyon after he’d thrown a strop in a Lennoxtown training session. (The Sunday Post)

Morelos signs new Rangers deal

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has signed a new four-year contract with the Ibrox club. The Colombian signed a bumper new deal which ties him to club until 2022. (Daily Record)

Gerrard looking for cool heads at Parkhead

As he heads into his first Old Firm match as Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard wants to see his squad prove themselves more adept when it comes to treading that fine line between competitiveness and rashness. (The Scotsman)

McGregor relishing reunion with Gerrard

Having played against Liverpool legend and now Rangers boss Steven Gerrard while on loan at Notts County, Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is looking forward to reuniting with the former England captain in the east end of Glasgow this lunchtime. (The Scotsman)

Jack can’t wait to face Brown

Ryan Jack can’t wait to lock horns with Scott Brown at Parkhead today – but he doesn’t want to be compared to the Celtic skipper. Jack is full of admiration for what the Hoops captain has achieved but scoffed at suggestions he’s similar to the Celtic veteran. (Sunday Mail)

Steven Naismith eyes Scotland recall after Hearts hat-trick

Scotland manager Alex McLeish may not feel he can ignore Steven Naismith much longer after the Hearts striker netted a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory against St Mirren at Tynecastle yesterday. Naismith admitted he would jump at the chance to add to his 45 caps. He said: “As long as I’m playing and doing well I’ll feel like I can contribute for Scotland,” (The Scotsman)

Cummings opens up Rangers loan spell

Jason Cummings has opened up on his time at Rangers and believes he has unfinished business at Ibrox. The Peterborough striker admitted he loved the intensity of Scottish football and said it was a dream come true to play for the Glasgow giants. (The Sunday Mail)

Shock for Demetri Mitchell as he finds it’s all change at Hearts

Demetri Mitchell was only back down south for a matter of months but when he returned to Hearts this week, he was surprised by how much had changed.

“I’ve only been gone about four months and half the players are not here,” said the 21-year-old, taken aback by the turnaround in playing personnel. “That was a bit of a shock to me. I’ve come back to nine or ten new signings but they look very good players. Training is very competitive and the standards are really high.” (The Scotsman)

McInnes revals why he rejected McKenna bid

Derek McIness has revealed timing was the biggest factor behind rejecting the £7million bid for Scott McKenna. McInnes has a lengthy injury list so wouldn’t have been able to draft someone of the required quality in at just a few hours notice. (The Scottish Sun)