Celtic eye RB Leipzig target, Rangers in coronavirus gesture, Hearts players latest, Hibs ace eyes permanent switch - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

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Celtic linked with Soppy

Celtic have been credited with an interest in Rennes defender Brandon Soppy – despite the 18-year-old still waiting to make his first-team debut for the Breton outfit. However, they face competition from Nice and RB Leipzig. (The Scotsman)

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Rangers ‘need players who will run through brick walls'

Former Rangers midfielder Ian Ferguson has stressed that his former club needs to look at recruiting players capable of dealing with the demands of representing the Ibrox club. Speaking on the Four Lads Had a Dream podcast, he said: “We have not got that balance in the team at the moment where we have got these players that will go out there and run through a brick wall for you. We need players that are going to be doing that and taking Rangers forward. When Graeme Souness took over, he wanted his players to follow him and I am sure Steven is the same. So he needs to get those players and find the bargains and get us back to winning ways.” (The Scotsman)

Burns on way back

Hearts defender Bobby Burns is facing coronavirus tests and self-isolation as he battles to leave Australia and return home to Belfast. The player must undergo stringent testing for the virus in order to get back to his family after his loan at Newcastle Jets was cut short. (Evening News)

Gers make coronavirus gesture

Rangers have offered the use of one of the club’s car parks to any NHS, police or military workers who may require it during the coronavirus pandemic. (The Scotsman)

Hearts must agree deals with ten players

Seven Hearts first-team players are out of contract this summer, along with three loanees and a number of reserve players. If the Scottish season is to finish in June as planned, the Edinburgh club must negotiate extensions for those deemed essential. (Edinburgh Sport)

McCrorie tests positive for COVID-19

Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating as a result. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Portsmouth having agreed a season-long temporary switch in the summer of 2019 and the Fratton Park club confirmed that the Scotland Under-21 international was one of five players to have contracted the virus. (The Scotsman)

Arsenal linked with Edouard

Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as they look to find a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette this summer. (The Scotsman)

Hagi mystery

Fresh reports linking Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi with a summer move to Serie A have surfaced in the Italian media – despite claims earlier this month that the Romanian playmaker was happy at Ibrox. (The Scotsman)

UEFA hints at condensing qualifying rounds

UEFA could condense the qualifying rounds for the Europa League and Champions League next season, with a potential plan to scrap two-legged ties and settle them in one-off games. But European football’s governing body is under increasing pressure to finally call time on domestic seasons after scrapping its optimistic plans to complete the two main European competitions before the end of June. (Daily Record)

Kamberi wants extended Gers stay

Hibs striker Florian Kamberi has revealed his hopes of staying at Rangers when his loan spell expires. The Swiss-born player said: “Rangers is an incredible club. When I moved to Scotland two years ago, my second game was against Rangers and since then I have dreamed of playing for them. I definitely want to stay here long term. Playing in front of 50,000 fans every other week is great." (Evening News)

Transfer window extended?

The summer transfer window could run until January 2021, with the English Premier League and English Football League already weighing up plans to deal with the disruption caused to the game by the coronavirus pandemic. There is no indication of when games may resume but with the transfer window slated to open on July 1, clubs and players could be thrown into chaos. (Daily Mirror)

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