Rangers hopeful of concluding four-year deal for striker, Scottish Cup winners poised for European windfall, cup final to be held with no supporters - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Tuesday’s Scottish football news and gossip.

Oostende striker Fashion Sakala is wanted by Rangers. Picture: SNS
Oostende striker Fashion Sakala is wanted by Rangers. Picture: SNS

No fans for cup final

The Scottish FA have decided against moving this year’s Scottish Cup final away from Hampden Park despite weeks of discussions over alternative venues like Murrayfield and Celtic Park. With Uefa taking over the national stadium from May 14, it means there will be no supporters at this season’s showpiece game despite lockdown restrictions easing. (Daily Record)

Cup winners in for European windfall

The winners of this year’s Scottish Cup will net themselves a European windfall over £3 million as the victorious side will be guaranteed at least eight matches. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers to sign striker

Rangers are hoping to finalise a deal to sign Oostende striker Fashion Sakala this week as the Ibrox side are ready to offer the player a four-year contract to bring him to Glasgow. The Zambian is in demand as a free agent this summer but has made Steven Gerrard’s side his preferred destination. (Daily Record)

Wright blasts referee

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright rounded on referee Don Robertson and questioned his competence following his side’s shoot-out defeat to St MIrren in a dramatic Scottish Cup quarter-final that pivoted on a spot-kick award in the penultimate minute of extra-time. (The Scotsman)

Goodwin on St Mirren stress

Jim Goodwin doesn’t know how long he can face the stress of St Mirren’s never-say-die cup runs. It was the second successive quarter final that the Saints had left it late – with McGrath also hitting the injury-time winner against Rangers in the Betfred Cup. (The Scotsman)

Neilson wants to see Gordon become No.1

While David Marshall remains Scotland’s first-choice goalkeeper, the Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is desperate to see Craig Gordon installed as No.1 for the European Championship. (Evening News)

Boyle available for semi

Hibs have been handed a Scottish Cup semi-final boost with Martin Boyle cleared to play in the last-four clash against Dundee United. The winger was booked in the 88th minute of Hibs’ win over Motherwell for a foul and after his caution in the 4-0 win at Stranraer, there were fears the influential attacker may have to sit out the Hampden trip. (Evening News)

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