Rival suitors drop out of chase for Rangers target, Celtic-linked midfielder wanted by EPL side, Kennedy refuses to rule himself out of Celtic role - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Saturday’s Scottish football news and gossip

Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman is reportedly a target of Rangers. Picture: SNS

Rangers set to confirm signing

Rangers are set to confirm the pre-contract signing of Fashion Sakala on a four-year deal. The Zambian attacker is currently on the books of Oostende in the Belgian top flight. (Daily Record)

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Rival club drop out of midfielder chase

PSV have dropped out of the race to sign Rangers target Joey Veerman amid reports Heerenveen have slapped a whopping £8.5 million price tag on the midfielder. The Ibrox side have been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old who has a combined 19 goals and assists this term in the Dutch top flight. (Scottish Sun)

Sutton’s Celtic verdict

Chris Sutton has claimed that Celtic are in “even bigger trouble” than he initially thought if they haven’t already moved to secure Eddie Howe as their next permanent manager. (The Scotsman)

Newcastle consider move for Celtic target

Newcastle United have rekindled their interest in Celtic target James McCarthy. The player is in limbo at current club Crystal Palace with his future not assured until the South London club have their manager situation sorted for next season. (TEAMtalk)

Kennedy on Celtic role

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy insists he’s not held any talks over becoming the club’s director of football but says he won’t rule out the possibility of him moving upstairs to take the newly-created position. (Daily Record)

Hearts reach ‘targets’

Robbie Neilson revealed that Hearts have reached all three pre-season targets set by the management. Friday night’s 4-0 win at Raith Rovers saw the Edinburgh club finish the season on a high by reaching a points tally, goal tally and goals-against tally they were aiming for. (The Scotsman)

McGlynn ‘embarrassed’ by defending

Disappointed Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn branded the concession of three second-half goals to Hearts as “embarrassing” after a crushing 4-0 defeat by the Jambos. (The Scotsman)

Porteous in no rush to leave

Hibs boss Jack Ross does not sense that defender Ryan Porteous is in “any desperate rush to leave” the Easter Road club but both manager and player accept that there may come a time when moving on is the right thing for him to do. (The Scotsman)

Message from the editor

Get a year of unlimited access to all The Scotsman's sport coverage without the need for a full subscription. Expert analysis of the biggest games, exclusive interviews, live blogs, transfer news and 70 per cent fewer ads on Scotsman.com - all for less than £1 a week. Subscribe to us today


Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.