Graeme Murty has admitted it would be hard to turn down. Bayern Munich’s star striker faces a late fitness test before the Celtic clash and English clubs eye Louis Moult. All this and more in today’s Rumour Mill.
Murty would struggle to say no to Rangers
Graeme Murty has admitted that he would find it hard to turn down the chance to take charge of the Ibrox club on a permanent basis if he was offered the job. He said: “I would find it difficult to turn it down, but I didn’t come north of the border to become Rangers manager.
“I said at the time it would be incredibly arrogant for a person of my experience and age to shout my name from the rooftops. It won’t be down to me to select the manager of this football club. All I can do, is give my best on a daily basis and work with the players we have.
“If that’s deemed to be good enough, then fine. If it’s not, then the club will go in a different direction and I will be fully supportive of the guy who will be a very fortunate individual to take this club forward.” (The Herald)
Bayern striker a doubt for Celtic clash
Robert Lewandowski is facing a sweat to be fit for Bayern’s crucial Champions League game against Celtic. The Polish international was brought off at half-time with an apparent hamstring strain. The striker, who had just doubled Bayern’s lead attempted to play on for a few minutes but then signalled to the bench that he needed to come off. Jupp Heynckes said. “I think it is not quite so bad. This of course has to do with the load of the last few weeks. He also has little support at the front. But these are things we have to work out” (Goal.com)
Clubs eye Louis Moult
QPR are the latest club to be linked with Motherwell hitman, Louis Moult. It is understood the Championship club have been keeping tabs on the 25-year-old who has bagged 11 goals for the Steelmen this season. QPR scout Gary Penrice was at Hampden last weekend as Moult bagged a double to send the Steelmen into the final of the League Cup. (Sunday Mail
Celtic ‘will not change tactic for Bayern’
Craig Gordon says Celtic will not change their footballing philosophy against Bayern Munich despite having been beaten 3-0 in Germany. He said: “The manager says he would rather we tried to play and keep the ball for 30 or 40 seconds because that’s time when they don’t have the ball and can’t hurt us. So we always try to keep the ball in every game, try to dominate as much we can.” (The Herald)
Ryan Jack to be called up to Scotland squad
Scott Brown is amongst the names that are likely to feature in the Scotland squad to face the Netherlands, with Ryan Jack also likely to be called up. The Rangers player is expected to be named along with Aberdeen trio Kenny McLean, Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie. Callum Paterson is likely to be included in the squad after his return from injury. (various)
Roberts out for Bayern clash
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Patrick Roberts will miss Celtic’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich. Brendan Rodgers said: “It looks like a hamstring so we will get a scan on that,” said Rodgers. “Frustrating for him because he started the game very well but I suggest he will probably be out for a few weeks. (The Scotsman)
MeGeouch new deal talks to be priority
Neil Lennon has revealed he expects a new deal for Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch to be “very high up the agenda” at the next meeting of the Easter Road board. McGeouch is out of contract at the end of the season and can begin talking to other clubs in January. (Edinburgh Evening News)
Dembele ‘key man for Celtic’ says Bayern
James Rodriguez insists Bayern Munich must stop Moussa Dembele if they are to beat Celtic. “For us to avoid any problems against Celtic in Glasgow, we have to stop him.
“We know that Bayern are superior to Celtic but we have to demonstrate that on the pitch next Tuesday.
“It won’t be an easy match for us and the result of the first game doesn’t matter now. I expect a tough match in Scotland because Celtic will want revenge.