Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill
Stories from Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs, Rangers and more in today's round-up.
Celtic will have to battle AC Milan and two unnamed EPL clubs to secure the services of Danish defender Peter Ankersen, according to reports in Italy. (Tuttomercatoweb) Rangers have admitted defeat in the pursuit of Ryan Kent, with Steven Gerrard confirming his hopes of a second loan deal for Kent were "over". (The Scotsman) Rangers have been banned from wearing Hummel-branded kit from next season and ordered to pay Sports Direct nearly half a million pounds in legal fees. (The Scotsman) Martin Skrtel has reportedly told his "inner circle" that he has held talks with Rangers and is close to reuniting with former Liverpool colleague Steven Gerrard. (Fotomac) Aberdeen are braced for further bids for Scotland international defender Scott McKenna with QPR and Nottingham Forest both keen on the player. (The Scotsman) Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom was more than happy to see his players stretched by Newcastle United, revealing he learned more than he expected from the 3-1 defeat. (Evening News) Oli McBurnie will become the most expensive Scottish footballer in history once his proposed 20 million move from Swansea City to Sheffield United is rubber-stamped. (The Scotsman) David Gray believes Hibs have the capability of winning one of the major honours this season and clinching qualification for Europe. (Evening News) Fort William have finally won a match, bringing to an end a 73-game, 840-day streak without a victory. The Fort defeated Nairn County 5-2 in a North of Scotland Cup match. (The Scotsman) Hearts owner Ann Budge today gave her full backing to manager Craig Levein whilst conceding results must improve as the new season begins. (Evening News) Alfredo Morelos has turned down a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune to stay at Rangers, according to reports. (The Scotsman) Craig Gordon insists he's ready to battle with Scott Bain for the No.1 slot at Celtic. (The Sun) Stevie May could be included in Aberdeen's Europa League squad, despite nearly sealing a Pittodrie exit last week. (The Sun) Hearts owner Ann Budge has said she would voluntarily walk away from Tynecastle Park if the majority of fans wanted a change. (Evening News)