Rumour Mill: Kawashima ‘fit’ for Dundee derby | Deila questions Dons title credentials

Aiden McGeady in action for the Republic of Ireland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Aiden McGeady in action for the Republic of Ireland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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Dundee United could start new keeper Eiji Kawashima in Dundee derby and Ronny Deila questions Aberdeen’s title credentials.

Dundee United to field new keeper in derby

Dundee United’s new keeper Eiji Kawashima says he is match fit and available for selection for the Dundee derby tomorrow.

The 32 year-old Japan international has played in all of the country’s World Cup matches in 2010 and 2014. (Mail)

- Dundee manager Paul Hartley has urged his players to target a top six finish

Ronny Deila questions Aberdeen’s title intent

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is surprised Aberdeen have not said that they are aiming to win the league.

Aberdeen’s title chances have faltered this week as Derek McInnes’ men dropped four points in successive home games against Inverness and Partick Thistle, missing the chance to snatch top spot in the Premiership going into 2016. (Scotsman)

Scottish game in good health - Warburton

Mark Warburton believes the reputation of Scottish football has been enhanced by the festive fare delivered to a nationwide television audience.

The Rangers manager has revealed he received a barrage of positive feedback from friends and colleagues in England who tuned into his team’s 4-2 win over Hibs at Ibrox on Monday and also the 2-2 draw between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle 24 hours earlier. (Scotsman)

- Former Rangers player Nacho Novo, 36, has joined Spanish Division Three outfit Racing Ferrol

Hibs can still win title despite defeat - Stubbs

The defeat by Rangers at the start of the week was a disappointment, according to Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs but he does not consider it a derailment. (Scotsman)

Celtic duo set to return from injury

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the club’s official Twitter account that Dedryck Boyata could be out for up to three weeks, but Stuart Armstrong should be back next week.

Charlton look to move on Tony Watt

Charlton Athletic are looking to offload former Celtic striker Tony Watt during the January transfer window.

Charlton currently sit second bottom of the English Championship and are needing to free up some cash to balance the books at The Valley and are looking to raise at least £2m in January.

Watt is currently on loan at Cardiff City where he has scored two goals in four appearances for the Bluebirds. (Record)

Hibs boss kills rumours of swoop for Leon Osman

Alan Stubbs has moved to kill speculation linking Hibs with a move for Everton veteran Leon Osman.

Rumours claiming the 34-year-old was Easter Road bound during the January transfer window have gripped Hibs fans in recent days. However, Stubbs revealed such gossip is groundless. (Evening News)

Harry Forrester signs for Rangers

Rangers have confirmed the signing of Doncaster winger Harry Forrester from Doncaster Rovers.

The 24-year-old, who has worked with Warburton before at both Watford and Brentford, has signed on an initial six month contract. (Scotsman)

Archibald backs Deila in face of criticism

Alan Archibald believes the criticism hurled at Ronny Deila in recent weeks is unjustified, even if he knows Partick Thistle might never have a better chance of ending a barren run at Parkhead which stretches back over 23 years. (Scotsman)