Rumour Mill: Aberdeen slam Willie Collum | Rangers contract for Barrie McKay | Kristoffer Ajer to sign for Celtic

Barrie McKay has been given a new contract. Picture: Michael Gillen
Barrie McKay has been given a new contract. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes blames refereeing mistakes for Inverness loss, Rangers give Barrie McKay a new contract and Celtic close to completing move for Kristoffer Ajer.

Aberdeen’s title hopes dealt blow by rivals Inverness

Aberdeen will head to Partick Thistle on Friday still three points adrift of Celtic after a controversy-packed 3-1 defeat by opponents increasingly shaping up as a bogey team. (Scotsman)

Derek McInnes last night put the blame for a damaging 3-1 defeat in Inverness firmly at the feet of controversial referee Willie Collum.

He said: ““At 1-1, it is finely poised and there to be won, but there were some key decisions in both boxes that went against us. That’s been quite pivotal in the outcome.”

Rangers deal in Barrie McKay

Rangers winger Barrie McKay has signed a new deal that will keep him at the Ibrox club until 2018. McKay has become a mainstay in Mark Warburton’s side this season having scored six goals in 33 appearances. (Express)

Celtic set to sign Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Ajer

Norwegian teenager Kristoffer Ajer is set to complete a move to Celtic.

It is understood that Celtic have agreed a fee with FK Start for the 17-year-old to join the Glasgow club in the summer.

Hearts players urged to cut out “silly” celebrations

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has urged his players to cut out the “silly things” if they have reason to celebrate scoring a derby goal after Sam Nicholson’s antics against Hibs last week.(Scotsman)

Scott Brown slams ‘elitist’ big five Champions League plan

Celtic captain Scott Brown has urged Uefa to resist plans to transform the Champions League into an elitist tournament involving only the leading clubs from Europe’s “big five” nations. (Scotsman)

- Mark Warburton says the plans to restrict Champions League entry are “dangerous” for Rangers and also the Scottish national team. He has appealed to UEFA to act decisively to shut down proposals put forward by Bayern Munich chairman Heinz Rummenigge.

Celtic boo boys won’t affect ‘top player’ Stefan Johansen

Celtic captain Scott Brown has defended Johansen’s worth to the Scottish champions and has no doubts his midfield team-mate has the required mentality to deal with any criticism which comes his way.

“It is always hard,” reflected Brown. “When you come to big clubs, you have to expect it now and again. Some people love you and some people hate you. It’s part of the baggage.

Kilmarnock confirm Lee Clark as new boss ahead of Rangers tie

Kilmarnock have confirmed Lee Clark as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The former Huddersfield, Birmingham and Blackpool boss was at Rugby Park on Monday morning for a media conference. (Scotsman)

Kiernan grateful for Kilmarnock loan spell

Rangers defender Rob Kiernan has revealed that his loan spell with Kilmarnock helped him improve a lot.

The 25-year-old has been a mainstay in Mark Warburton’s side this season, having joined the Gers in the summer from Wigan Athletic.

The Watford youth product was loaned to Kilmarnock during the 2009/10 season, when he made five appearances for the Rugby Park outfit. (Scotsman)

- Kiernan also weighed into the debate on plastic pitches ahead of tonight’s match against Kilmarnock branding them a health hazard

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