The Rumour Mill: Sunday’s Scottish football news and gossip

Michel Platini says Celtic are as good as out of the Champions' League
Michel Platini says Celtic are as good as out of the Champions' League
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In today’s Rumour Mill: UEFA chief says Celtic have no chance of getting past Juventus| Ranger boss says goal against Queen’s Park was like Old Firm cup win| Dons facing new injury woes.

UEFA chief says Celtic are no threat to Juventus

UEFA President Michel Platini has already written off Celtic’s Champions’ League chances after saying that Juventus are as good as through.

Platini told an Italian newspaper that he already considers Juventus through to the quarter-finals. “We’ve seen the draw for the last round and after being drawn against Celtic, we can consider Juve to be in the quarter-finals,” he said.

Platini has previously made over 150 appearances for the Italian club. (Various)

St Johnstone’s clean sheet all down to homework

St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus has revealed that the secret to being the first team this season to hand Inverness a clean sheet was a DVD the team watched before the match. The Perth men watched a film of Caley’s goals ahead of the game in order to figure out how best to beat them.

“We watched them on DVD and we knew that they like to get the ball into the box and shoot on sight, so the homework worked. (The Sun).

Queen’s Park battle was just like Old Firm cup win, says McCoist

Rangers boss Ally McCoist said that yesterday’s 92nd minute winner against amateur side Queen’s Park brought just as much joy as their League Cup Win over Celtic at Hampden in 2011.

The visiting Rangers stole the points from the home side courtesy of a very late goal from young Fraser Aird, snatching away any chance of a famous result for Queen’s Park.

After the 17-year-old scored at the end of the match, McCoist said: “I probably celebrated Fraser’s goal as much as I did the winner in that final because it was a very hard fought three points.” (Mail on Sunday)

Motherwell boss hails departing Jamie Murphy

Manager Stuart McCall was glad Jamie Murphy got one last chance to say goodbye to fans at Motherwell after their draw with Kilmarnock, as the striker looks set to leave in the January transfer window.

McCall said: “It looks like he will be moving on, however there is nothing cast in stone.

“He’s been an absolutely fantastic player for us and I wanted him to give his thanks to the supporters and also get the chance for the supporters to thank him for his time here.” (The Sun).

Considine leg break is latest in injury woes for Aberdeen

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown is counting the cost of the latest injury to hit the Dons after acting captain Andrew Considine was stretchered off with a broken leg during the win over Dundee.

The Dons have had 10 first team regulars injured so far this year, and Brown said: “He’s in a lot of pain as it is a very bad injury, but there was no malice intended. We’ve been told that it is likely that the tibia is fractured just above the ankle, which means he will be out for a while. Fortunately we are getting a few back who are able to make the bench, but I have never known a season like this.” (Mail on Sunday)

Hearts boss gunning for Hibs in his first Tynecastle derby

Hearts manager John McGlynn wants to leapfrog Hibs in the SPL table, and believes that winning his first home derby in charge of the Jambos would make a great start. Hearts had battled back from an 11-point difference to make it just three, but yesterday’s postponed match against Ross County, along with Hibs’ win over Celtic, meant that the Jambos are now six points behind their city rivals.

“This will be the first time I will have led the team out in a derby game at Tynecastle,” said McGlynn.

“And we will look to get the victory for everyone and get a good start to 2013. Hibs have been above us for much of the season so we’ll be trying to use that as motivation. And under the circumstances we’re having to work under, going above them would be quite a step to take.” (The Sun)