Rangers eye Southend ‘keeper; Celtic keeping tabs on Bosnian midfielder Tino-Sven Susic and David Moyes reportedly keen on a return to Everton
Rangers eye Southend goalie
RANGERS are mulling over a summer move for Southend ‘keeper Daniel Bentley.
Bentley, who was once on Arsenal’s books, has expressed his desire to play football “at the highest level”, with Everton, Norwich and Bournemouth also interested in the player.
Wes Foderingham has been Rangers’ No 1 since joining from Swindon a year ago. (Scottish Sun)
Hoops watching Bosnian World Cup ace
CELTIC are keeping tabs on Hajduk Split’s Bosnian midfielder Tino-Sven Susic, with the Hoops’ European scout preparing a report on the 24-year-old for Ronny Deila’s successor.
Susic was a target for Leicester in January, although the Foxes’ interest came to nothing, while the player has been on Inter Milan’s radar as well.
Susic has two years left on his contract at Hajduk Split and would likely cost in the region of £2.5 million if Celtic were to make a move. (Scottish Sun)
David Moyes would prefer Everton job to Celtic
DAVID Moyes will not discuss the top job at Celtic until Roberto Martinez’s future at Everton is confirmed, according to reports - with the Scot linked with a dramatic return to Goodison Park.
Ex-Hoops defender Moyes is just one of several contenders for the managerial post at Celtic along with Roy Keane, Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon.
Sources close to Moyes have said that he would prefer a return to the English Premier League this summer, and with Martinez struggling with results and keeping the fans onside, Moyes could be set for a return to Everton. (Scottish Sun)
Deila: ‘Privilege’ to manage Celtic
OUTGOING Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed that he decided to leave the club after failing to see an improvement in Celtic’s form over the last six months.
The Norwegian feels he is to blame for Celtic’s domestic slump, adding that he had “no problem” handling pressure from the media.
When asked if he would advise David Moyes to take the job, Deila said: “Of course, it is a fantastic job, I would do it 100 times again if I got the opportunity.
“It’s a privilege to be the Celtic manager and I’ve done everything I can to make it right.” (Various)
Aberdeen are no title bottlers, says Derek McInnes
DEREK McInnes believes his Aberdeen players deserve credit, not criticism, for becoming the only credible challengers to Celtic for the Premiership title ahead of their game against St Johnstone tonight.
He said: “The fact I have even been asked about a title challenge these last two years reflects how well the team have done.
“But over a 38-game season, this year and last, we are the side who have picked up the responsibility of trying to put a challenge in.” (The Scotsman)
Dons hopeful over Logan deal
Meanwhile, McInnes is hoping right back Shay Logan will accept the offer of a new contract with the club to further reduce the number of changes he needs to make in the summer. He said: “We’ve spoken to Shay and make him an offer. We expect an answer in the next few days to give us a bit of clarity.” (The Scotsman
Neilson begins Hearts recruitment drive
ROBBIE Neilson, director of football Craig Levein and Ann Budge will meet at Tynecastle today to discuss reshaping Hearts’ first-team squad for next season.
Plans to bring in a striker are near the top of the agenda, with a number of players already scouted.
Neilson said: “I think the guys who have been here already have proven they can play at the top end of the league and it’s just about trying to add a bit more quality where we need it.” (The Scotsman)
Cummings eyes Scotland squad
JASON Cummings felt like a “proud uncle” when Hibernian team-mate John McGinn received his first cap against Denmark last month, but now wants the pair to become brothers-in-arms for Scotland.
The Scotland Under-21 cap said: “It’s one of my targets to get a full call-up. It’s on my bucket list. Hopefully one day.
“I just want to see how far I can get in my career and try to test myself. If I concentrate on my football and enjoy it, everything else will take care of itself.” (The Scotsman)
Mixu given suspended touchline ban
DUNDEE United manager Mixu Paatelainen has avoided an immediate touchline ban for his Dundee derby celebrations last month.
The Finn responded to taunts from Dundee fans during the match by cupping his ears and pumping his fist in their direction after Billy McKay’s goal.
Paatelainen will only serve the suspended two-match touchline ban for misconduct if he repeats his offence this year. (Various)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Former Celtic midfielder Stilyan Petrov has called upon the Celtic board to offer club veteran Henrik Larsson the chance to manage the club. (Various)
• Motherwell veterans Keith Lasley, Stevie Hamill and James McFadden are in discussions over new contracts with the Fir Park side. (Herald Scotland)
• Ronny Deila has insisted that he has no problems with Kris Commons, but has admitted that it has been hard to keep the whole team happy during his tenure as manager. (Daily Record)