Scottish Football RECAP: Ex-Rangers ace makes huge Steven Gerrard and transfer claim, Celtic star makes significant move, mystery surrounds Ibrox target, Hearts' midfield boost

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What does the agenda look like for Scottish football this week? One topic is set to dominate: league reconstruction. A series of meetings are expected to be held this week to discuss the proposals put forward by Hearts chair Ann Budge.

There has been opposition to Budge’s plans but the Tynecastle chief noted that they weren’t set in stone and is open to adapting them to suit what clubs believe is right for Scottish football. On top of that, there is also the issue of which teams feel they are unable to play next season behind closed doors.

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Wes Foderingham makes Gerrard and transfer claim

Wes Foderingham has revealed that he was priced out of a move away from Rangers and that Steven Gerrard had said he wasn’t his “type of person”.

The Englishman had expected to be sold when Allan McGregor arrived two summers ago.

He told Open Goal: “When McGregor came in it was always the club’s intention to sell me that summer.  I had a meeting with the manager and he said I wasn’t his type of person which I found strange.  He didn’t go into great depth but he questioned my willingness to fight for a position, but I don’t think I showed I wasn’t willing to fight for my place.

“I thought I was leaving that summer but I spoke to my agent and he said the club wanted X amount for me but no clubs were biting at that amount. “The club said I wasn’t going on loan, they wanted that figure so I was priced out of a move at that point."

Ajer makes agent change

Kristoffer Ajer has switched agents ahead of a summer where he is expected to be linked with a move away from Celtic.

Tore Pederson confirmed the split. He had previously claimed Ajer would leave this summer.

The Norwegian, who is contracted until 2022, has previously been linked to AC Milan and Leicester City.

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Mystery over Rangers target

Former Falkirk and Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor won’t play any part for Charlton if the Championship season returns.

The Addicks’ boss Lee Bowyer revealed he will sit out the remainder of games due to a life-changing move in the works.

Taylor has been linked previously with a switch to Rangers.

Bowyer said: “What disappoints me the most, and I’ve spoken to Lyle on the phone and he wants to play, but he’s so worried about getting injured that he’s saying, ‘I wouldn’t be the same player for you’. It’s just difficult because he’s so big for us, but he’s going to get a life-changing move elsewhere."

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Wilson on Rangers links

Rangers’ sporting director Ross Wilson has reacted to speculation linking the Ibrox club with moves for forwards Jordan Ibe and Saido Berhaino.

Wilson sought to play down the transfer gossip.

He told talkSPORT: "One thing I will say, and I've said this since I got here, is I'm always amazed at the amount of names that are linked with Rangers. There's more names linked with us than any club I've ever been involved in before and hardly any of them are ever right so you can take from that what you will."

Hearts' mystery benefactor revealed

The mystery benefactor at Hearts has been revealed by the Daily Record as James Anderson.

The investor has stakes in Ferrari, Facebook and Netflix, amongst others, while he has involvement in Amazon and Tesla.

Anderson and wife Morag are well known philanthropist around Scotland.

Aberdeen return for ex-Celtic ace

Jonny Hayes has not ruled out a return to Aberdeen.

The Irishman was released by Celtic following the expiry of his contract.

He told talkSPORT: “I’ve always loved Aberdeen, there’s no doubt about it. It’s been an option before, I don’t know if it would be an option now. Even playing against them, I wouldn’t say it was emotional but it was strange."

Rangers striker boost

Dundee United have revealed that they will listen to offers for star striker Lawrence Shankland this summer.

The club’s sporting director Tony Ashgar told the BBC that bids will have to be considered due to the current situation facing clubs.

He said: “[We'll assess] the situation financially, whether it's going to help the club long term. [These are] strange times, but ultimately we definitely want to hold on to him. Lawrence has two years left on his contract and I know he is really happy where he is. He is looking forward to playing for us in the Premiership.”

Shankland has been linked with a move to Rangers in the past and the Ibrox club could be in the market for a new striker if Alfredo Morelos was to leave.

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