Rumour Mill: Saturday’s football news and gossip
Celtic interested in Shaun Maloney
Ronny Deila says he is considering bring winger Shaun Maloney back to the Parkhead club for the third time. The Scotland international has 6 months left to run on his Wigan contract and would be available for around £1m.
Leicester are also belived to be interested. (Sun)
Cardiff City consider Adam Mathews bid
Cardiff City are set to make a move for Celtic defender Adam Mathews as the Championship club look to get their promotion bid back on track. Owner Vincent Tan is keen to build bridges with supporters and has signed a number of players alongside reverse his decision to change the club’s colours to red. (Express)
Felix Magath dodges questions over Rangers shares
Former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath has declined to outline his motivation for becoming a shareholder in Rangers amid speculation he has been identified as a potential technical director at the club. (Scotsman)
Real Betis linked with Hearts winger Jamie Walker
Jamie Walker is a potential target for Spanish outfit Real Betis, according to reports in Spain.
Still only 21, Walker has made 75 appearances for Hearts, scoring nine goals, and also scored three in 24 during a loan spell at Raith Rovers in the 2011/12 season. (Scotsman)
Livingston set to face disciplinary action
The Almondvale club face unspecified disciplinary action after being found guilty of four rule breaches relating to key shareholder Neil Rankine’s interests in East Fife. (Scotsman)
Lewis Macleod insists he didn’t want to leave Rangers
Lewis Macleod last night insisted he was happy at Rangers and only left for Brentford when it became clear the club wouldn’t try to keep him.
The midfielder completed a cut-price £850,000 move to the Bees when the transfer window opened last weekend as crisis-hit Rangers cashed in on their prize asset.
Dja Djedje was Mourinho target
Franck Dja Djedje had always been told by team-mates in France that he was destined to play in British football. Having signed for Hibernian this week after chances to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and Charlton earlier in his career fell through, he plans to be here for the long term. (Scotsman)
• Azerbaijan have contacted Scotland about potentially playing a friendly at Hampden at the start of June
• Craig Gordon will commentate for Celtic TV for his side’s friendly against PSV Eindhoven in Gran Canaria. Gordon is being rested for the match along with several other first team players
• St Johnstone are closing in on a deal for Spartans’ teenage centre forward George Hunter
• Martin Canning is undecided on whether he will take on the Hamilton manager’s job having been tipped for the position by departing boss Alex Neil