Rangers are keeping tabs on Manchester United defender Matty Willock, Celtic are now odds-on favourites to re-sign Patrick Roberts, and Marseille have joined the chase for Celtic star Moussa Dembele.
Rangers eye Willock
Rangers are looking to sign Manchester United youngster Matty Willock. A loan deal looks more likely for the 20-year-old who was named among the substitutes for United’s final match of the season against Crystal Palace. Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the attacking midfielder but with the club spending heavily in the transfer market it seems a loan move would be best for his development. (ESPN)
Odds slashed on Patrick Roberts return
Celtic are odds-on favourites to re-sign midfielder Patrick Roberts, according to bookmakers Skybet. The Hoops are now 10/11 to land the popular player who spent 18 months at the club on loan from Manchester City. Other clubs have enquired as to the availability of the playmaker, but no deal has yet been completed. (Various)
• Mikael Lustig believes James Forrest can fill the void left by Patrick Roberts, calling the Scottish international “one of the best wingers in Britain” when he’s on his game. (Daily Record)
Marseille eye Dembele
Marseille have made Celtic striker Moussa Dembele their No.1 signing target this summer. The French side are on the hunt for a new striker having sold Bafetimbi Gomis for £3million in June. To land the French under-21 star they face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and AC Milan. (Sky Sports)
Celtic close in on Ntcham
Celtic are likely to announce the signing of Manchester City midfielder Olivier Ntcham later today. The 21-year-old underwent a medical on Sunday after travelling up to Glasgow and is expected to officially become a Celtic player in time to be included in Friday’s Champions League squad to face Linfield. (Scottish Sun)
• Celtic have told Stuart Armstrong he will have to lower his contract demands if the midfielder is going to sign a new deal with the Scottish champions. (Scottish Sun)
Lennon confident of Whittaker deal
Hibs boss Neil Lennon is still confident of agreeing a deal for ex-Easter Road defender Steven Whittaker. The Scottish international was released by Norwich City earlier this summer and could make a return to his first club ten years after leaving for Rangers. Hibs have also been linked with a move for former striker Anthony Stokes. (The Times)
Lafferty admits snub
Kyle Lafferty admitted that he did renege on his word to speak to Hibs head coach Neil Lennon before committing to Hearts – but he has no regrets as he reiterated how hard the Tynecastle club worked to get him. Lennon said last week that Lafferty had promised he would speak with Lennon before putting pen to paper anywhere else. (Evening News)
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Title stripping talk is nonsense
Ex-Rangers defender Arthur Numan says talk of stripping the club of the titles won during the EBT era is “nonsense”. The Dutchman says he’s “proud” of the medals he has from his spell at Ibrox between 1998 and 2003 and that the whole controversy is “a discussion for people who need to find something to talk about”. (Daily Record)
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