David Moyes would consider Celtic job if the club changed financial policy; Celtic players back Ronny Deila as speculation mounts over Norwegian’s future and David Weir ‘shocked’ at Lee Wallace’s omission from Scotland squad
Moyes ‘would consider Celtic job’
DAVID Moyes has suggested he would consider the Celtic manager’s job - but only if the club relaxed its financial philosophy.
The former Hoops player said that he would ‘want to be able to manage the way that suits me’, adding: “I’d want to be at a club that would give me every chance to win and be involved in the Champions League and be at the top level.”
The Scot has been out of work since he was sacked by Spanish outfit Real Sociedad, after a forgettable spell as Manchester United boss. (Various)
Players back Deila as trio linked with Celtic job
CELTIC winger Gary Mackay-Steven has defended manager Ronny Deila’s performance this season, stating “we’re all behind the manager here, and he’s certainly behind the players.”
Mackay-Steven thinks it is ‘unfair’ that ex-Celtic players David Moyes and Malky Mackay have voiced their interest in Deila’s job, with former manager Neil Lennon also being touted by bookies. (The Scotsman)
Weir ‘shocked’ at Wallace omission
RANGERS assistant boss David Weir has admitted he is ‘shocked’ at Lee Wallace’s absence from the Scotland squads named for the upcoming friendlies against Denmark and the Czech Republic.
The left back has been in fine form for the Gers, and Weir said: “He’s been head and shoulders in regards to his performances and the level he has been at, so I’ve got nothing but compliments to pay to Lee in regards to how well he has done.
“It’s been consistent as well, it’s been from day one in the season and he hasn’t dropped below his levels at any stage at all. I think I find it hard to believe.” (The Herald)
Neil Lennon leaves Bolton Wanderers
FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon has left Bolton “by mutual consent”, fuelling speculation about a possible return to Celtic.
Having won just four league games this season, Lennon departs the Macron Stadium with a record of 18 wins in 80 matches in charge.
A report by a national newspaper has said that Lennon intends to search for a management role in English football after a short interval away from the sport.
A club statement read: “All at Bolton Wanderers would like to thank Neil for his contributions during his time at the club. Academy manager Jimmy Phillips will take charge of the first team on an interim basis.” (The Times)
Alan Stubbs: Fontaine has nothing to be sorry for
HIBS head coach Alan Stubbs does not blame Liam Fontaine for his Hampden error that cost the side the League Cup on Sunday.
Fontaine tweeted an apology after the game for his slip, which allowed Ross County’s Alex Schalk to tap home the winning goal.
Stubbs said: “It’s not Liam’s fault we lost the final. We had 90 minutes to win it. I know he’s made a mistake. But myself and his team-mates won’t be looking in his direction to point the finger.” (Scottish Sun)
Motherwell closer to fan ownership after stakeholder sells
MOTHERWELL majority shareholder Les Hutchison has agreed to sell his 76 per cent shareholding to the Well Society in the near future, bringing five years of planning from the fan organisation to a close.
In a statement, the club said: “A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by majority shareholder Mr Les Hutchison and the Well Society in which Mr Hutchison agrees to sell his 76 per cent shareholding to fan group, the ‘Well Society for £1.”
Hutchison took over previous shareholder John Boyle’s role in January last year to prevent the club collapsing into administration or being sold to an Argentinian organisation. (Various)
Pars fan creates top six prediction formula
A Dunfermline fan basedin Sweden, who is a professor of applied mathematics, has made a formula that predicts the probability of Scotland’s top clubs filling the top six spots in the Premiership.
Professor David Sumpter’s formula predicts that Celtic are 95 per cent certain to stave off the title challenge of Aberdeen and hold onto their title again in May.
His predictions are aimed at boosting Scottish maths skills and his formula has gained approval from the Scottish Government. (Daily Record)
Hartley faces derby selection struggle
PAUL Hartley faces a potential squad selection problem before this weekend’s Dundee derby, with midfielder Nicky Low back in contention for a starting spot.
Low has started only once this season, in a 0-0 draw with Celtic, and was an unused sub for last weekend’s defeat by Hearts.
Dundee are fighting to remain in the top half of the Premiership for a second season running. (Evening Telegraph)
Rangers fan’s birthday cake goes viral with unique surprise
A diehard Rangers fan was surprised by colleagues with a custom-made cake for his birthday, featuring the club crest and colours.
Photos of the cake’s inner sponge has gone viral, as when recipient Iain cut into the sponge, he found green-and-white hoops in a cheeky nod to Celtic.
Cupcakes by Lilian, the Ruchill-based company that made the sweet treat, said the birthday boy’s reaction was “fantastic”, while Iain himself posted on social media acknowledging his friends’ ‘superb’ efforts. (Daily Record)
St Mirren fans outraged at Rangers ticket decision
ST MIRREN fans have been left outraged after the club announced its intention to give the entire South Stand at the Paisley 2021 stadium to Rangers supporters for the final game of the Ladbrokes Championship season.
A statement from the club urged St Mirren season ticket holders, who usually use the South Stand, to contact the ticket office to secure another seat, with comments on fans’ forum Black and White Army criticising the move. (The Scotsman)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Dundee United have been linked with Airdrieonians starlet Liam Watt, currently on loan at Brechin
• Dundee United’s Henri Anier has been called up into the Estonia squad for the friendlies against Norway and Serbia
• Alan Stubbs is keeping faith in a Jason Cummings and Anthony Stokes strike force, despite Hibs winning only a third of the nine games Anthony Stokes has played since arriving from Celtic