Rumour Mill: Thursday’s Scottish football transfer news and gossip

Rangers supporters back name change, Dundee United fans plan Craig Whyte mask taunt and Hibs close in on Wylde.

Rangers supporters back name change, Dundee United fans plan Craig Whyte mask taunt and Hibs close in on Wylde.

Fans give support for Ibrox name change

Around 300 representatives from Rangers supporters groups last night gave their backing to Charles Green’s plans to sell the naming rights to Ibrox.

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The group, which included some dissenters, backed a plan that would see Ibrox remain in the stadium name and that any branding around the stadium would done “sensitively”

Green said that the club would not turn a profit this season and that all revenue streams had to be explored.

Mike Ashley’s firm SportsDirect is currently the favourite to land the naming rights. (Record)

Dundee United fans plan to wear Craig Whyte masks

Fans of the Tannadice club plan to wear paper Craig Whyte masks for their side’s Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United next month.

Rangers are boycotting the match in protest against United’s decision to veto newco Rangers admission to the SPL.

Former owner Craig Whyte took the Ibrox side into administration during his tenure. (Record)

Hibs close to landing Wylde

Hibernian are closing in on former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde on loan until the end of the season.

The Easter Road club are in advanced talks with Bolton over securing a move for the player who left Ibrox after Rangers entered administration last February. (Mail)

Chivas says Celtic Agudelo offer too low

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Chivas USA boss Jose Luis Sanchez says Celtic’s offer for Juan Agudelo is so low that it cannot be taken seriously.

The 20 year-old forward had a trial with the Parkhead club this month and is out of contract in six months. (Record)

Norwich refuse to break bank to land Hooper

The chances of Celtic’s Gary Hooper moving to Norwich appeared to fade yesterday when Canaries boss Chris Hughton said that he was not willing to break the bank to land the striker after placing a bid in excess of £5m.

The Norwich club’s chief executive also ruled out any swap deal involving captain Gary Holt. (Scotsman)

• The East Anglia side will table a last bid of £7m for Hooper (Express)

Hibs and Motherwell battle for Kennedy

SPL sides Hibernian and Motherwell have been linked with a move for Rochdale midfielder Jason Kennedy with both outfits tabling pre-contract offers for the 26 year-old midfielder who is a free agent in the summer. (Scotsman)

Peterhead apologise to Rangers for Noble tweet

The Balmoor club have apologised to Rangers after player Steven Noble tweeted “it was the only part of the game I watched back” in reference to his challenge with Fransisco Sandaza that saw the Ibrox forward kicked in the face. (Scotsman)

Butcher feared drop

Inverness manager Terry Butcher says he feared his side would be fighting the drop from the SPL this season after having his player budget cut.

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Instead the Highland side sit 2nd in the SPL and are in the league cup semi finals. (Press and Journal)


• Morton manager Allan Moore has confirmed he wants to take Ross County forward Colin McMenamin on loan

• Dundee face competition from Barnsley for Jason Scotland

• Nicky Low has returned to Aberdeen after a successful loan spell at Alloa

• Two Serie A clubs have made enquiries about Rangers defender Emilson Cribari