LEIGH Griffith targets Charlie Nicholas’ goal record; Mark Warburton angered by Rangers’ collapse; Paul Hartley says ‘Tayside derby matters more to Dundee’ and more in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Leigh Griffith targets Charlie Nicholas’ goal record
The Celtic striker, who is full of confidence as the champs bid to pile the pressure on Aberdeen by moving four points clear at the top, has said he is aiming to score at least 40 goals this season.
Griffiths admits he is targeting Charlie Nicholas’s total of 48 but he believes Henrik Larsson’s 53 is out of reach.
The striker said: “Charlie had a record of 48 and Henrik’s total of 53 in 2001 is way beyond my reach. I still have nine league games to go and a semi-final, maybe also a final.
“If I score in every game until the end of the season I could maybe equal Charlie’s total but I’m not counting my chickens. I’d be happy with 40.
“It seems every time I score a goal these records are mentioned. If I can break records and make a name for myself here I will be buzzing.
“You see the pictures around the stadium of Charlie Nicholas, Brian McClair, Henrik Larsson, John Hartson and Chris Sutton. They were all great strikers and I want to be remembered just like them.” (Various)
4500 Celtic fans set to invade Rugby Park
Celtic have sold an extra 1000 briefs after offering to subsidise entry to Rugby Park as they look to keep up lead at top of the Premiership table.
With Aberdeen still in the challenge for the title, Celtic are hoping the extra support will rouse the team to victory. (Sun)
Mark Warburton angered by Rangers’ collapse
Rangers manager Mark Warburton last night branded his team’s second-half collapse at Falkirk as “inexplicable” and admitted he read his players the riot act afterwards.
The Championship leaders suffered their first defeat in 16 matches as they let a 2-0 half-time lead slip and lost 3-2 to second-placed Falkirk who secured a memorable triumph through substitute Bob McHugh’s 92nd-minute winner.
“We had a few heated words in the dressing room after the game,” said Warburton. “We stopped doing what we were doing well. We needed to keep on taking care of the ball in the second half but inexplicably we didn’t do that.
“We were 2-0 up and it could and should have been five, six or seven. But the warning signs were there in the second half and our players went from being nine out of tens to being four out of tens.” (Scotsman)
Paul Hartley says ‘Tayside derby matters more to Dundee’
Paul Hartley has sought to ensure tomorrow’s Dundee derby is not portrayed as being all about the fired-up hosts by claiming the game actually means more to Dundee.
Hartley was quick to refute the opinion that because United’s present situation is so perilous the clash carries more significance for them.
“No,” Hartley stressed yesterday. “I think it means more to us to be honest in terms of getting in the top six. We need the points just as much as Dundee United do. So I think the game means more to us as a group, and our supporters.” (Scotsman)
Champions League nights at Pittodrie is the ultimate goal for Niall McGinn
Niall McGinn says he is already getting excited at the prospect of the spine-tingling Champions League anthem being played at Pittodrie next season.
“Champions League nights at Aberdeen? I think it’s normal to think about things like that. It’s any young boy’s dream,” said the 28-year-old.
“Sitting in the house watching it, it’s also any professional’s dream to play in the Champions League. So if I ever got that opportunity it would be unbelievable. And I am sure all the other lads here would want that opportunity as well.
“But even before I moved here to Aberdeen I had heard all about the big European nights at Pittodrie. To have that back again would be incredible. These are exciting times for the club. But there is long way to go.” (Various)
News in brief:
• Celtic Ambassador David Hay has backed David Moyes to be the next Celtic manager. (Sun)
• Sam Allardyce claims tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear derby will be the biggest ever. (Mirror)
• Jurgen Klopp says the whole world will watch his return to Borussia Dortmund. (Various)
• Motherwell WILL face Aberdeen today after Mark McGhee confirmed that enough of his decimated squad have recovered from a virus to play the game. (Various)