LiveScottish Football LIVE: Old Firm fined by Uefa, Lennon doubt on Celtic deal for star, Gerrard's leadership praised by coach, £70k-a-week Liverpool ace to Rangers?

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In a parallel universe today may well have been a momentous one in Scottish football. If the Scotland had got past Israel in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final it would have set up a final with either Norway or Serbia.

Instead, the coronavirus pandemic hit worldwide with the national team and the Tartan Army having to wait until next year to get their chance at seeing the country at a finals tournament for the first time since 1998. More news on what happens next in Scottish football is likely in the coming days with member associations involved in a Uefa meeting on Wednesday.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 31 March, 2020, 12:25

  • Rangers interest in Liverpool ace
  • Celtic players could face wage cuts

Aberdeen players and management in wage deferral talks

Aberdeen's players and management have entered talks regarding wage deferrals.

The Dons' chairman Dave Cormack raised his concerns regarding finances earlier this month and noted some tough decisions may need to be made.

The Daily Record report the talks are "pro-active".

Lennon on Edouard and wage cuts

Beale praises Gerrard's leadership

Rangers coach Michael Beale has praised Steven Gerrard's leadership.

The pair have worked together at Liverpool and now at Ibrox.

He told The Athletic: “Who better to lead you than Steven Gerrard? He leads the club so well and he holds the dressing room so well. He understands the pressures of the first-team level and the tactical side of the game. He really enjoys that competitive side of football.

"The learning we got at Liverpool’s academy was fantastic and stood us in good stead. My part is on the pitch as a coach trying to bring that vision together alongside Tom Culshaw in terms of the technical practice."

Old Firm fined by UEfa

Sutton advises Hearts communication

Ex-Hearts player John Sutton has experience of being in a difficult financial situation at Tynecastle.

The Englishman was part of the team under Vladimir Romanov as the club edged towards financial ruin.

He reckons wage deferrals would be the best solution and advised the club to keep speaking to the players.

He told the Daily Record: “One thing I would say - if you communicate with players, if you’re open and honest, then common ground can often be found and everyone can come out a little happier. That’s what I learned from my time at Hearts. You are talking about 50 per cent cuts now but at times when I was at the club you wondered if you were going to get paid anything at all."

Businessman not interested in Rangers at the moment

Businessman Jim McColl has confirmed that investing in Rangers is not a "live issue" at the moment but that could be something which changes in the "medium-term".

Speaking to the Daily Record following an appearance on a podcast where he talked about Rangers he revealed that there are potential investors interested.

He said: “I was told that if I was ever interested in investing in Rangers to let these other people know. It’s not a live issue just now but that’s not to say it couldn’t become a live one in the future. 

“That doesn’t mean it’s something for the long-term either. It could be something that comes up in the medium term."

Rangers to face Bayer Leverkusen... in Autumn

Rangers could be set to play their Europa League last-16 second-leg tie with Bayer Leverkusen in Autumn.

According to the Scottish Sun, Uefa are drawing up plans to conclude this season's Europa League and Champions League before the start of next year's edition.

The 2020/2021 European campaign is likely to be pushed back six weeks to make it possible.

Lennon reveals possible wage cuts at Celtic

Celtic are the latest club to admit to possibly introducing wage cuts which could be in the form of a deferral.

The coronavirus has struck football hard, as it has a number of businesses.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon admitted that the club are fine at the moment but it could be reviewed at the end of April.

He told the Scottish Sun: "We’ll probably have a look at things at the end of April in terms of the club as a whole. Peter Lawwell and the board will review it then. At the minute, we are okay."

Rangers 'interest' in Liverpool's England international

Rangers could make a summer move for out-of-contract Liverpool ace Nathaniel Clyne, according to a report.

The England international fell down the pecking order at Anfield, spending time on loan at Bournemouth last season.

He hasn't featured this campaign after a serious injury back in July.

A stumbling block could be wages with Clyne on a reported £70,000-a-week.

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