Rumour Mill: Caixinha in place for Celtic clash | Messi wants Dembele at Barcelona | McGhee to Kilmarnock

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Pedro Caixinha wants to have his move to Rangers finalised in time for the Old Firm derby, Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign Moussa Dembele, and Mark McGhee has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant manager’s job at Kilmarnock.

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Pedro Caixinha is the favourite to take over at Rangers. Picture: Getty

Pedro Caixinha is the favourite to take over at Rangers. Picture: Getty

Caixinha wants shot at Celtic

Pedro Caixinha, the leading contender for the vacant manager’s job at Rangers, wants to finalise his move to Ibrox in time to take on Celtic in next week’s Old Firm clash.

The 46-year-old is manager of Al-Gharafa in Qatar and is hopeful of concluding talks with the Ibrox board this weekend so he can begin work at Auchenhowie from the start of next week. (Daily Record)

Rangers to learn Wilson decision

Rangers will learn in the next 24 hours if Ross Wilson is to accept the club’s offer to become their new director of football.

Southampton’s director of scouting has been the favourite for the role since last week, but there are fears Wilson could perform a U-turn after Saints executive director Les Reed returned from holiday in a bid to get him to stay on the south coast. (Daily Mail)

Nicholas: Rangers fans will be problem for Caixinha

A lack of patience from Rangers supporters will be the biggest problem for potential boss Pedro Caixinha, according to former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas.

The Sky Sports pundit believes “the masses” won’t accept a rebuilding job and the Portuguese coach will be under pressure from the start to close the gap on Celtic. (Daily Express)

Messi wants Dembele

Lionel Messi has given Barcelona chiefs a list of five players he wants the Catalan club to sign in the wake of Luis Enrique’s impending resignation - and it includes Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

Messi wants the 20-year-old to strengthen the team’s depth in reserve up front, with Paco Alcacer having struggled since his move from Valencia last summer. (Daily Express)

McGhee to Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock and Motherwell could be set to make an unintended managerial switch after it emerged Mark McGhee is among the leading candidates to take over at Rugby Park.

McGhee exited Fir Park earlier this week after a string of poor results. Among the favourites to replace him in Lanarkshire is current Killie interim boss Lee McCulloch, who started his career at Motherwell. (Scottish Sun)

- Interim boss Stephen Robinson has refused to rule himself out of the running to become the next manager of Motherwell. The former assistant returned to the club last week and has taken over the reins in light of McGhee’s departure. (Daily Record)

Ferguson aspires to be Rangers boss

Barry Ferguson says it’s his ultimate goal to one day become manager of Rangers, though he concedes he’s not yet ready for the challenge.

Ferguson ended a disappointing spell in charge of Clyde last weekend and admits he’s got a lot to learn before he can be considered for the hotseat at Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Paisley better than bat threats

New St Mirren star Stelios Demetriou has said he much prefers Paisley to Bulgaria - because the fans don’t show up to training wielding baseball bats when the team isn’t performing well.

The Cypriot full-back scored twice as St Mirren defeated Hibs 2-0 on Saturday, which was the bottom side’s second consecutive victory as they moved to within five points of ninth placed Ayr United. (Evening Times)

Ambrose: Rodgers is a genius

He has been offloaded to Hibs on loan but Efe Ambrose has nothing but praise for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as the Nigerian defender bids to rekindle his ailing career under Neil Lennon.

The Hibs emergency loan signing has not had a look in at Celtic this season and suffered the disappointment of a collapsed move to Blackburn in the transfer window.

Despite this he still regards Rodgers as “a genius” for his transformation of the Parkhead club this season. (The Scotsman)

Martin admits poor play

Malaury Martin has admitted his play has been poor so far in his Tynecastle career, and promises Hearts fans they are yet to see the best of him.

The French attacking midfielder joined in January on a three-and-a-half-year deal. (Evening News)

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