CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has hit back over accusations of inconsistency; Rangers look set to secure John Windass ahead of the transfer window; Chris Sutton urges Celtic to be open about keeping Stokes; plus more news and gossip in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Ronny Deila indignant over inconsistency jibes
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has hit back at claims he has been inconsistent in how he has dealt with players’ transgressions after dishing out a two-week ban to Anthony Stokes.
The Norwegian insists he is even-handed with all his players, batting away suggestions he had shown more leniency with players like Kris Commons and suggesting Stokes’ ban was based on more than just a Twitter rant. (The Scotsman)
Rangers close to Josh Windass deal
Rangers look set to sign Accrington Stanley striker Josh Windass.
Windass has made it clear he wishes to leave the English League Two side.
Ibrox boss Mark Warburton was rumoured to be targeting the 21-year-old for a January swoop but is understood to be close to finalising a deal ahead of the transfer window next month. (Scottish Sun)
Chris Sutton: Tell the truth about Stokes
Celtic legend Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to come clean over Anthony Stokes and admit they no longer want the player.
The Irishman was given a two-week suspension following an outburst on Twitter.
Sutton reportedly believes Celtic have grown tired of the striker but should come out and say so rather than “continuing to insult our intelligence”. (Daily Record)
Hibs to keep Henderson wraped in cotton wool
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs will reportedly keep Liam Henderson wrapped in cotton wool as he recovers from a viral infection which ‘wiped’ him out.
Having sat out the victory against Alloa a fortnight ago, Henderson is missing from the squad facing Morton on Saturday.
The 19-year-old reportedly feels better but Stubbs is in no rush to have him back in action. (Edinburgh Evening News)
Neilson hails decision to stay at Tynecastle
Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has hailed the decision for Hearts to stay at Tynecastle.
He believes the stadium’s already intense atmosphere will be taken to ‘a new level’ with plans for a new stand, adding that it was a great news for all of Scottish football. (The Scotsman)
Pongolle: United now only lack belief
Dundee United’s latest arrival Florent Sinama Pongolle says his new teammates need some self-belief to start climbing the league.
Set to make his debut against Kilmarnock, the Frenchman says there is no reason there will not be a victory to help close the gap at the bottom of the table.
He said: ““The team need to believe more and believe we can get three points every week now.
“The last two games, I was there, and the team did very well, I think.” (Evening Telegraph)
Old Firm miss out on Lee Connelly
Celtic and Rangers have missed out on securing the signature of Queen’s Park superkid Lee Connelly.
The Scotland under-16 international is set to be signed by Burnley after Connelly spent a week’s trial in Lancashire. (Daily Record)
IN OTHER NEWS:
• Aberdeen’s Graham Shinnie insists the Dons have turned a corner and are back on track this season. (Daily Record)
• Finnish defender Sebastian Dolivo, 19, is set to train with Aberdeen next week. (Press and Journal)
• St Mirren’s Calum Gallagher has thrown his weight behind embattled boss Ian Murray. (Daily Record)