Norwich and QPR linked with move for James Forrest; Alan Stubbs hopeful of hanging onto Jason Cummings despite interest from England and Billy Davies reveals he turned down Rangers job
Norwich eye Forrest swoop
NORWICH could swoop for want-away Celtic winger James Forrest, after the Scotland international turned down a new deal with the Hoops.
Canaries boss Alex Neil will be only too aware of Forrest’s qualities and could move for the 24-year-old in the summer.
However, he could face competition from QPR, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reportedly interested. (Various)
Izaguirre set to quit Hoops
EMILIO Izaguirre could follow Forrest out the Parkhead exit door in the summer, with the Honduran defender poised to leave the club in the summer.
Izaguirre has competition from talented youngster Kieran Tierney for the left-back berth and is reportedly eyeing a move away during the close season. (Scottish Sun)
Stubbs hopeful of keeping Cummings
ALAN Stubbs is hopeful of holding onto star striker Jason Cummings amid interest from Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.
The 20-year-old striker, who has 16 months left on his contract, is set to be offered a new deal by Hibs.
But even if Hibs do have to face the prospect of life without the ‘Zing King’, Stubbs said he is ‘very comfortable about it’, adding: ‘If it does come to a situation, he’s worth a lot of money’. (Nottingham Post)
Davies ‘turned down Rangers’
BILLY Davies has revealed he turned down an approach ‘from a third party’ to take the Rangers job prior to Mark Warburton’s appointment.
Speaking to Clyde 1, the ex-Motherwell boss said: “In the last two years I haven’t applied for one job and when I looked at the Rangers situation there were many different factions involved in trying to take over.
“There was all this speculation about all these different names that were involved. In my opinion, too much politics, too little football.” (Various)
Rangers still in for Stewart
RANGERS could make a bid for Dundee striker Greg Stewart in the summer.
Stewart is under contract at Dundee until mid-2017 and has scored 7 goals this season so far.
The Dens Park star joined from Cowdenbeath in 2014 and is being closely watched by Rangers manager Mark Warburton and head of recruitment Frank McParland. (Scottish Sun)
Dundee to talk to Harkins over Gers comments
DUNDEE boss Paul Hartley refused to be drawn on Gary Harkins’ comments on Rangers being a new club but will “have a chat” with his midfielder.
When asked about the prospect of facing the Championship leaders in the cup, Harkins said: “They’re just a new club. I’ve not played them before, so I’m looking forward to that. It should be good.”
The player later stated on his Twitter account that it was: “Just a wee joke took too far.” (The Scotsman)
Hull finalising Spittal bid
HULL are reportedly finalising a deal for Dundee United youngster Blair Spittal.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who came up through the ranks at Rangers and Queen’s Park, joined United in 2014 and has made 75 appearances in total for the Tangerines.
Hull were linked with Spittal in the January transfer window. (Various)
McLeish confirmed as Zamalek new coach
EX-Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish has agreed to coach the first team of Egyptian side Zamalek, according to the club’s website.
Zamalek president Mortada Mansour said: ““We have reached an agreement with Scottish coach Alex McLeish to lead the first team.”
The previous manager was fired two weeks ago following a 2-0 derby loss to arch rivals Al Ahli. (The Cairo Post)
Jags would rather fix pitch than get plastic one
ALAN Archibald has revealed the Firhill pitch is in line for major repair works this summer – but they never considered an artificial surface despite their fixture backlog.
A waterlogged pitch put paid to the visit of Aberdeen last Friday - the fourth Firhill call-off this season.
Tonight’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter against St Johnstone is in little danger, though, with the pitch dried out and no rain forecast. (The Scotsman)
Saints sign Bulgarian stopper Krachunov
ST Johnstone have snapped up Bulgarian free agent Plamen Krachunov after the centre half impressed during a trial.
If Krachunov receives international clearance in time, he could feature in the clash with Partick Thistle this evening. (Press and Journal)
Mixu sweats over Demel injury
MIXU Paatelainen is hopeful that Guy Demel will shake off an injury that saw him subbed in the 2-1 win over Hearts at the weekend.
The Frenchman scored United’s first, but was replaced by Paul Dixon after the break after picking up a knock.
Paatelainen said: “Hopefully it’s just a strain and is nothing big. But there is something. However, we don’t know yet how long he might be out for.” (The Scotsman)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Kilmarnock have taken ex-Real Madrid midfielder Julien Faubert on trial, after St Johnstone dropped their interest in the 32-year-old
• Hibs and Hearts are to battle it out for the signature of highly-rated Raith defender Sean Mackie
• Inverness CT pair James Vincent and Danny Williams are set to sign pre-contract deals with Dundee