Rumour Mill: Benni McCarthy back to Hibs | Celtic’s ‘wildcard’ | Warburton wants two more | Di Canio No.2 for Rangers?

Benni McCarthy says he's going to join Neil Lennon's coaching staff at Easter Road. Picture: Getty
Benni McCarthy says he's going to join Neil Lennon's coaching staff at Easter Road. Picture: Getty
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Celtic could still be on the look out for another signing ahead of this week’s clash with Astana, Mark Warburton wants to add two more signings to his growing Ibrox squad, and the former assistant of Paolo Di Canio is being considered as the new under-20s coach at Ibrox.

Benni McCarthy to work with Neil Lennon

Former Blackburn and Porto striker Benni McCarthy says he’s set to return to his coaching role at Easter Road.

The 38-year-old South African currently resides in Edinburgh and worked with Alan Stubbs in the past as he looks to earn his coaching badges.

In an interview with the Sowetan newspaper, he stated his desire to manage one of the biggest clubs back in his homeland, before revealing he would be working with Neil Lennon’s coaching staff at Hibs.

“For now I will probably go to Hibs and work with a coach and a friend I worked with at Celtic a few years ago,” McCarthy said. (Sowetan)

Celtic still on the lookout for ‘wildcard’

Celtic are still on the lookout for another signing ahead of their Champions League clash with Astana after Brendan Rodgers ruled out new signing Kolo Toure from featuring in the tie.

The trip to Kazakhstan comes too soon for the defender, who is expected to sign a one-year deal at Celtic Park.

Celtic are allowed to register one player up until the night before the match as they look to bolster their squad. (Various)

Mark Warburton to add two more

Mark Warburton says his summer spending is not yet complete despite adding nine new faces to the Rangers squad.

Joe Dodoo was the latest recruit, arriving early last week, and the former Leicester City striker netted on his debut.

Warburton is on the hunt for two further additions before he’ll be happy with the squad. (Various)

- Warburton has told his Rangers players not to bother moaning about a lack of playing time this season. The Ibrox boss has increased the size of the first-team squad and with only 11 places up for grabs, he knows some players are going to be frustrated. However, Warburton reasoned that instead of complaining, those outwith the first XI should concentrate on taking their chance when it comes. (Various)

Di Canio assistant in running for Rangers role

The former assistant manager of Paolo Di Canio is among those in contention for the vacant under-20s coaching role at Rangers.

The position was formerly held by Ian Durrant until his departure last month and Rangers are said to be considering Fabrizio Piccareta, who was No.2 to Di Canio at Swindon, as his replacement. (Sunday Mail)

Hearts fans should lay off Neilson - Nicholson

Sam Nicholson claims the Hearts fans were well within their rights to boo the team off the pitch on Thursday night but he wishes they would lay off manager Robbie Neilson.

Appealing to critics to consider the bigger picture, he maintains the gaffer has delivered more than anyone expected in his first two seasons at the helm and he believes the young boss remains the ideal man to produce even greater returns going forward. (Scotland on Sunday)

Calls for Jock Wallace to be in Hall of Fame

John Greig has led calls for Jock Wallace to be inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame on today’s 20th anniversary of the death of the legendary Ibrox manager.

Former Rangers captain and manager Greig, who was one of the first inductees in 2004, is astonished that the man who led the club to two Trebles in three years and was an integral part of the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph has been overlooked for so many years. (Scotland on Sunday)

Scottish game coped ‘remarkably well’ without Rangers

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has conceded that the sport coped “remarkably well” with no Rangers presence in the top flight.

Ibrox will again be hosting top-tier football again following the Championship success for Mark Warburton’s side last season. Rangers will join a set-up wherein debt burdens across most of the clubs have been greatly reduced since there was an Ibrox club among the game’s elite.

Doncaster is keen to point out that he never used the word “Armageddon” – SFA chief executive Stewart Regan was the administrator who did so – but maintains there were economic convulsions caused by Rangers’ demise that should not be forgotten. (Scotland on Sunday)

Dempster wants to help Scottish football move forward

As someone who has long been convinced of the value of football as a positive contributor to society, Leeann Dempster is keen to press home that message.

One of the two Championship nominees elected to the SPFL board last week, the Hibernian chief executive is looking forward to having a greater voice and being in a position to make a more telling contribution. (Scotland on Sunday)

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