Rumour Mill: Rangers make third Graham Dorrans bid | Hearts want Kyle Lafferty | Alan Archibald to Oxford?

Rangers are looking to bring Graham Dorrans to Ibrox. Picture: Getty
Rangers are looking to bring Graham Dorrans to Ibrox. Picture: Getty
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Rangers have made a third bid for Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans, Hearts are interested in signing Kyle Lafferty, and Alan Archibald has emerged as a contender for the manager’s job at Oxford United.

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Hearts chase Lafferty

Hearts are looking to bring former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty back to Scottish football. The Northern Irish international is a free agent after leaving Norwich City in the summer and Hearts are looking to tempt the player to Gorgie. Lafferty already has a working relationship with Jambos assistant Austin MacPhee, who is a member of Michael O’Neill’s backroom staff at Northern Ireland. (Daily Record)

Former Hearts left-back Lennard Sowah has joined KS Cracovia in the Polish top flight. (Evening News)

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Rangers make third Dorrans bid

Rangers have made a third offer for Norwich City and Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans. The Ibrox club have previously had two bids chucked out by the Canaries, who are looking for close to £1.5million for the player. The 30-year-old joined Norwich two years ago from West Brom and is said to be interested in moving to Glasgow. (Daily Mail)

Celtic eye Plavsic

Celtic are stepping up their interest in Serbian winger Srdjan Plavsic. The Parkhead club were credited with an interest in the player last month and head of recruitment Lee Congerton will fly out to watch Plavsic compete for his nation’s under-21 side against Poland. The Red Star Belgrade attack is also on the radar of Basle and Sparta Prague. (Daily Mail)

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Oxford want Archibald

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald is being considered as a candidate for the vacant manager’s job at Oxford United. The English League One side are looking to find a replacement for Michael Appleton after the former boss left to become No.2 to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City. Oxford failed in an attempt last week to sign Thistle defender Liam Lindsay, who is set to complete his move to Barnsley today. (Daily Record)

King delighted with retail deal

Rangers chairman Dave King believes the resolution of his club’s dispute with Sports Direct is the most significant development yet in his efforts to address what he regards as the “unnatural advantage” Celtic have enjoyed over them in recent years. After two years of what King described as “challenging” negotiations, Rangers and Sports Direct have announced a new commercial agreement which will see the club receive the majority of profits made from the sale of replica kit and other products. (The Scotsman)

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O’Neill told Boyce to reject Aberdeen

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has revealed he told striker Liam Boyce to reject an offer from Aberdeen and join Burton Albion instead. O’Neill felt it would be better for Boyce’s future career prospects if he moved to the English Championship, where another fine season would have him on the radar of English Premier League sides. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen interested in Williams

Aberdeen are interested in trying to sign young Fulham winger George Williams. The 21-year-old can operate out on the flank, through the middle or up front, and would represent the beginning of Aberdeen’s rebuilding process after the loss of both Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn this summer. (Scottish Sun)

• Aberdeen remain confident of signing ex-Dundee star Greg Stewart despite his boss at Birmingham City, Harry Redknapp, saying no club in Scotland could afford him. (Press and Journal)

Ridgers to join Inverness

Inverness Caledonian Thistle are set to sign former Hearts, St Mirren and Partick Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers. The 26-year-old is a free agent after leaving Firhill and will compete with Owain Fon Williams for the No.1 jersey at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium should the deal go through. (Scottish Sun)

• Inverness have taken former Motherwell full-back Joe Chalmers on trial. (Scottish Sun)

• John Robertson will make his first signing as Inverness Caley Thistle boss with Falkirk striker John Baird expected to agree to a deal later today. (Press and Journal)

Preston eye Tavernier and Kiernan

Preston North End are considering a double-swoop for Rangers pair James Tavernier and Rob Kiernan. The pair both arrived at Ibrox from Wigan in the summer of 2015 and they could be on their way together again after the English Championship side expressed an interest. Kiernan is thought to be one of several first-team stars deemed surplus to requirements by boss Pedro Caixinha, though Tavernier is still highly thought of by the Ibrox management staff. (Scottish Sun)

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