Celtic 'will sell' key player, Leeds ace to Rangers, French side eyes Hoops star, Hearts and Hibs latest - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill
Celtic ‘will sell Ajer’ as EPL side circles
Celtic are likely to sell defender Kristoffer Ajer during the summer transfer window, according to reports in the player’s homeland. The report cites interest from Tottenham Hotspur while a similar report in Italy suggests AC Milan are also keen on the payer. However, the Hoops are expected to demand a big price for the highly-rated internationalist which could rule out a move to the San Siro and pave the way for Spurs to bring in a replacement for the out-of-contract Jan Vertonghen. (Sporten)
Rangers eye Douglas swoop
Rangers are understood to be keen on a move for Leeds United defender Barry Douglas. The full-back, who is largely out of favour at Elland Road, is viewed as a strong back-up option to starting left-back Borna Barisic, with previous stand-ins Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday out of contract in the summer. (Various)
Vieira keen on Ntcham switch
Nice boss Patrick Vieira is eyeing up a possible move for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham. The pair crossed paths at Manchester City during Ntcham’s formative years and the ex-Arsenal and France ace is understood to be weighing up a move for the 24-year-old. Ntcham is contracted to the Hoops until the end of the 2021/22 season but Celtic could allow him to move on if a big enough fee is offered. (Le10Sport)
Chirivella move to Ibrox still on the cards?
Out-of-contract Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella will reportedly knock back the offer of a new deal from the Anfield side amid interest from Rangers, according to reports. The Spaniard is well-known to former Reds coach Steven Gerrard and although Jurgen Klopp is said to rate the 22-year-old, interest from the Gers and French side Nantes could prompt Chirivella to seek regular first-team football elsewhere. (Goal)
English clubs to battle it out for Edouard?
Leicester and Newcastle are set to battle it out over Celtic and France Under-21 star Odsonne Edouard with the Magpies weighing up a £25 million move for the striker. However, the Foxes could rival the Magpies with manager Brendan Rodgers the one who brought Edouard to Celtic from PSG. (Daily Star)
Ross keeping Hibs players on toes with tactical analysis
Hibs head coach Jack Ross has been keeping his players on their toes during lockdown with optional video calls where they can do tactical analysis. Ross invited his own coaching peers plus members of the Hibs squad to analyse tactics during Sunderland’s defeat on penalties to Portsmouth in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy final. Ross was in charge of the Black Cats that day at Wembley - and admitted it was fascinating seeing his players’ response to what went on during the match. (Evening News)
Goodwin: Don’t rejig league to save Hearts
St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has expressed sympathy for Hearts’ plight as they face the prospect of dropping into the Championship but insists league reconstruction should not be implemented to preserve their top flight status. (The Scotsman)
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