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Celtic winger Derk Boerrigter threatens showdown talks, Dave King blasts Rangers board treatment of season ticket holders and Jackie McNamara is angry over ticket split for Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers at Ibrox.
Derk Boerrigter: 'I have not come here to sit on the bench'. Picture: SNSDerk Boerrigter: 'I have not come here to sit on the bench'. Picture: SNS
Derk Boerrigter: 'I have not come here to sit on the bench'. Picture: SNS

Boerrigter threatens showdown over lack of Celtic starts

DERK Boerrigter is planning to seek showdown talks unless he is restored to Celtic’s starting line-up.

The Dutch winger has made 21 appearances since his £3 million switch from Ajax last summer but has started just four league games in an injury-hit campaign.

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And the 27-year-old said: “It is my intention to get into the starting line-up in the foreseeable future. If that doesn’t happen I will have to go and knock on the manager’s door and we’ll need to talk. I have not come here to sit on the bench.” (Daily Record)

King says hedge fund treated better than Rangers fans

DAVE King has accused the Rangers board of treating hedge fund firm Laxey Partners better than it plans to treat season ticket holders.

The tycoon yesterday indicated his fierce opposition to the terms of a £1 million crisis loan agreed with major shareholders Laxey - secured against two of the club’s most valuable property assets – which will see the firm rake in £150,000 before being paid back in full with season-ticket cash.

King is said to be angered the board is unwilling to offer similar levels of financial protection to fans who are about to be asked to plough another £8m in the club’s coffers. (Daily Record)

McNamara demands 50-50 ticket split with Rangers

JACKIE McNamara insists Dundee United deserve a 50-50 ticket split to make their Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Ibrox next month fairer.

United are expected to receive about 13,000 tickets – about 7,000 fewer than they want.

And after Ally McCoist’s men set up a last-four clash with the Taysiders by seeing off Albion Rovers last night at the second time of asking, McNamara said: “They have an advantage regardless of the ticket allocation but a 50-50 split would certainly give us a better chance. We’ve had good backing from the fans. It’s a neutral venue so I don’t see why we shouldn’t get half.” (Daily Record)

Locke’s bid to sign Skacel booted out

HEARTS have failed with a new bid to sign Rudi Skacel after they made another appeal to the SPFL board to get clearance for the 34-year-old.

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According to SunSport, the Tynecastle club’s plan to use the one-in-one-out rule to bring back the striker for a third time was again booted out by the SPFL committee.

The former Czech international has been training with his old club since January and was set for a short-term move to Alloa until Paul Hartley’s departure. (The Sun)

Aberdeen’s Euro hopes hit by Hayes injury

JONNY Hayes is set to miss a chunk of Aberdeen’s push for Europe after suffering a shoulder injury in the League Cup final victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Dons boss Derek McInnes said: “We sent Jonny for an x-ray and he could be out for a good few weeks.”

McInnes also had words of sympathy for injured star Peter Pawlett, saying: “Peter was devastated to miss the final but he’s young enough and good enough that he can be part of future days like Sunday.” (Daily Record)

Ankle injury prolongs Fletcher’s spell on sidelines

SUNDERLAND and Scotland striker Steven Fletcher faces a further spell on the sidelines just days after expressing hopes that his nightmare injury jinx was over. The former Hibs hitman was taken off at half-time during the Black Cats’ goalless draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend due to a recurrence of an ankle problem, and is due to be sent for a scan this week. (The Scotsman)

Moyes has three matches to save his job

DAVID Moyes has just three games to save his job at Manchester United in the wake of Sunday’s 3-0 hammering at home to Liverpool.

If United go out of the Champions League to Olympiakos tomorrow, lose to West Ham on Saturday and Manchester City next Tuesday, Moyes will be gone.

Ryan Giggs is tipped to take over in a caretaker capacity for United’s remaining games of the season if the beleaguered Scot is emptied at Old Trafford. (The Sun)