US starlet Emerson Hyndman refuses to rule out Celtic switch; Joey Barton denies being a Celtic fan and Wolves lead the chase for Hibs striker Jason Cummings
Hyndman coy over Celtic link
FULHAM youngster Emerson Hyndman hasn’t ruled out a move to Celtic this summer as he looks set to depart Craven Cottage.
The US international, who is being courted by the likes of Spurs, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, said: “You take a bigger club and possibly not play as much, maybe go on loan or you can settle for a good solid club, maybe not fighting for the same things but you’ll get more chances along the way.
“I feel like I need to make the best decision for me, personally and that’s going to take a little bit of time.”
Hyndman is also reportedly a target for Manchester United and West Ham. (GotSoccer)
Barton denies being a Celtic fan
NEW Rangers signing Joey Barton has denied being a Celtic fan despite old tweets suggesting he was a Hoops supporter.
Barton said: “You only support one club. I’m an Evertonian. But coming from a football family, if the Milan derby was on, you’d have to pick a side - AC Milan or Inter.
“If it’s Barca vs Real Madrid, I’d have to pick a side. That’s just what we do. So obviously, being Joseph Anthony and having gone to Catholic schools, I didn’t really have a choice.
“So I looked out for one of the teams when the Old Firm was on. I’ve said on Twitter, ‘I’m a Celtic fan’. You have to take that in jest. I don’t think anybody will have any doubt about my allegiances when we play Celtic.” (Sky Sports)
Wolves lead chase for Cummings
WOLVES are reportedly leading the chase for Hibs striker Jason Cummings despite interest from Rangers and Derby County.
Cummings, who has said he is keen to stay at Hibs and play in Europe, scored 25 goals in 49 appearances for Hibs and caught the eye with some stunning goals.
But his stock has risen and he could be tempted by a move south. (Daily Mail)
Lennon ‘beaten by Rodgers’ for Celtic role
NEIL Lennon has revealed he interviewed for the Celtic job before Brendan Rodgers was appointed.
The ex-Bolton boss spent four years at Celtic, winning three league titles and two Scottish Cups, but is eyeing a return to management.
Lennon said: “I was close to Celtic. I just got pipped by Brendan. I was interviewed last week and then I got the shout on Friday they were going to announce someone else.
“I have an offer from abroad that I am seriously considering and there are a few jobs in England where I might get the opportunity to go and speak to clubs.” (Daily Mirror)
Dundee slap £1.5m price tag on Stewart
DUNDEE have attempted to ward off potential suitors by slapping a £1.5 million price tag on striker Greg Stewart.
Stewart, 26, has just one year left on his contract at Dens Park and has been targeted by both Rangers and Leeds.
But Dundee director John Nelms has said that he wants to keep Stewart on Tayside amid suggestions the forward would be available for around £250,000. (Evening Telegraph)
United cool on Goodwillie bid
DUNDEE United have played down reports of a move for former striker David Goodwillie.
The 27-year-old joined Aberdeen but ended up on loan at Ross County, and neither club have expressed an interest in the former Blackburn forward, who struggled to make a mark at Pittodrie and Victoria Park.
Meanwhile, strikers Henri Anier and Darko Bodul are expected to be told they can leave the club. (Various)
Izaguirre ‘will fight for Celtic place’
EMILIO Izaguirre appears to have turned his back on a move to the USA and has vowed to fight for his place under Brendan Rodgers,
The Honduran international looked set to join Toronto, but said: “In Celtic’s last two games, I played 90 minutes in one and came on as a sub in the other.
“I have no problem with that - I am a Celtic player and I have two years left on my contract. No one has told me anything else and there have been no offers from the MLS.” (Scottish Sun)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• David Raven looks set to extend his stay at Inverness Caledonian Thistle
• Swansea are weighing up a move for former Celtic striker John Guidetti
• Both Dundee and St Johnstone have turned down the chance to sign ex-Hearts utility man Eggert Jonsson
• Celtic have signed 18-year-old striker Calvin Miller on a new three-year deal. The teen has been at Celtic since the age of 12
• St Johnstone are hopeful of landing Falkirk midfielder Blair Alston. The Perth Saints have already added Keith Watson to their ranks in recent weeks