Rumour Mill: ‘Boycott’ Sky Sports | Caixinha cuts summer break | TV star wants club to sign Celtic hero

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Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys believes Scottish clubs should ‘boycott’ the channel, Pedro Caixinha has cut the Rangers squad’s summer break, and James Corden wants his club West Ham to sign Celtic star Stuart Armstrong.

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New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha issues instructions as he takes training. Picture: SNS

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha issues instructions as he takes training. Picture: SNS

‘Boycott’ Sky Sports

Richard Keys believes the best way for Scottish football to get a fair deal from Sky Sports is to boycott the channel. The former presenter claims our national game is being unfairly treated by the broadcaster and calls on armchair supporters to cancel their subscriptions in order to make Sky sit up and take notice. (Daily Record)

- Keys also revealed how Sky Sports employees were instructed to “shut down” Scottish football in 2002 when SPL clubs decided against renewing the contract for TV rights on Sky’s terms. (Daily Record)

There goes the summer

The Rangers first-team squad may receive just 10 days of rest if the Ibrox club make it to the Scottish Cup final. Manager Pedro Caixinha is looking to cut the summer break, asking the players back for 7 June so they can be fully prepared for their Europa League campaign. This year’s Scottish Cup final takes place on 27 May. (The Herald)

- Pedro Caixinha hopes to hire a Scottish-based assistant coach at Rangers by the end of next week. (Evening Times)

TV personality wants Armstrong

Actor and TV host James Corden wants his beloved West Ham United to snap up Celtic star Stuart Armstrong. The dynamic midfielder has been in terrific form for Celtic since November and won his first Scotland cap last Sunday. Corden responded to a video of Armstrong on Twitter, showing the player’s highlights, by saying “I would love West Ham to sign this player”. (Daily Record)

- Armstrong is Celtic legend Davie Hay’s pick for Player of the Year. Hay praised the midfielder for becoming “pivotal” to the way Celtic play. (Evening Times)

Izaguirre in talks with Celtic

Left-back Emilio Izaguirre has revealed his agent is currently in talks with Celtic regarding the player’s future at the club. Izaguirre has been a Celtic player for seven years but lost his starting job to Kieran Tierney last season and will see his current contract expire this summer. (Scottish Sun)

Djoum back after Cameroon chaos

Arnaud Djoum has opened up about the disorganisation affecting African Cup of Nations winners Cameroon after another shambolic international break for the players. The Indomitable Lions lost a friendly match to Guinea on Tuesday after the squad went without food until 3pm after the country’s football federation failed to pay the hotel bill. (Evening News)

Tansey deal not a signal for Jack exit

Derek McInnes insists Aberdeen’s capture of Greg Tansey does not mean Ryan Jack will definitely be heading out of the Pittodrie exit door this summer. Jack will see his current deal expire at the end of the campaign, with many speculating the move for Tansey, another centre midfielder, indicated Jack would be on his way. However, McInnes has revealed the club are still working to get their club captain tied down on a new deal. (Press and Journal)

- Inverness CT boss Richie Foran insists he’s ready for the task of replacing Tansey as he looks to strengthen his squad this summer. (Press and Journal)

Brown to escape ban

Scott Brown will be free to face England if he wishes to prolong his international career as Fifa revealed they will not be launching disciplinary proceedings against any of the players involved in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Slovenia. There had been a couple of off-the-ball incidents, including Brown being accused of stamping on Jasmin Kurtic. (Deadline News)

Schalk criticises article

Ross County striker Alex Schalk has defended team-mate Kenny van der Weg and hit out at The Sun newspaper for their “mistranslation” of the full-back’s words. Van der Weg was originally interviewed for a Dutch magazine, where The Sun claimed he had called Dingwall “too quiet” and stated his intention to leave the club. Schalk insists the paper were wrong in their interpretation of the defender’s words, which were in Dutch, and that the pair are very happy in Scotland. (Press and Journal)

Bain wants to leave

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has admitted goalkeeper Scott Bain wishes to leave the club if another side come in for him this summer. Bain was asked if he wanted to sign an extension to his current contract but declined the offer, stating his desire to continue his career elsewhere. (Evening Telegraph)

Duffy and Lennon to wait on punishment

Hibs manager Neil Lennon and Morton boss Jim Duffy will have to wait to hear their respective punishments after both were sent to the stands during Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Easter Road. Both became involved in the melee at the end of the game, which also saw Kudus Oyenuga and Darren McGregor sent off, but will be free to stay in the dugout for this weekend’s matches. Hibs have decided to appeal McGregor’s red card. (Daily Record)