The Rumour Mill: Wednesday’s football news and gossip

In today’s Rumour Mill: Pat Fenlon new favourite for Easter Road; Premiership competition for Yoon Bit-Garam; Hooper tells Celtic ‘no excuses’; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

• Pat Fenlon – the manager of Irish side Bohemians – is the new favourite to succeed Colin Calderwood at Easter Road. The odds on Fenlon, who had been due to become Dundee United manager last year before contractual problems scuppered the deal, are down to 1-6. (Scotsman)

• But Hibs could also make a move for St Mirren boss Danny Lennon after his impressive start to the season. (Record)

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Rangers target followed

Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke City and Aston Villa are all interested in signing Rangers South Korean target Yoon Bit-Garam. (Daily Express)

• According to Steven Whittaker, Rangers believe they can win the league even if they are docked points by the SPL over the club’s financial problems. He said the players don’t think about such issues, however. (Record)

• Sone Aluko will discover on Friday if he has earned a move to Ibrox. (Record)

• Carlos Bocanegra has said he hopes to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Champions League with Rangers. (Herald)

Celtic target tracked by Espanyol

Espanyol have joined the race to sign Rosenborg defender Mikael Lustig. He has been linked with Celtic in recent weeks. (Herald)

• Former Arsenal youngster Andre Blackman is expected to sign a year long deal with Celtic this week. (Express)

• Celtic’s next Europa League opponents – Atletico Madrid – could be missing their key striker Falcao when they come to Parkhead at the end of the month. (Herald)

• Gary Hooper has told his Celtic team-mates that there is no excuse for the side not to win all their games until they host Rangers on 28 December. (Scotsman)

• Hooper also said he has no interest in leaving Celtic in the next transfer window (Record) and urged the club’s hierarchy to hold on to James Forrest. (Sun)

• And Kris Commons has said he is keen to resurrect his Scotland career, but only after winning back a place in Celtic’s starting eleven. (Record)

• Celtic and Rangers are both monitoring plans to form a breakaway European league in 2014/5. (The Sun)

IN BRIEF

• Hearts defender Danny Grainger is to undergo groin surgery tomorrow, but has earmarked the New Year game with Hibs as a potential comeback date. (Scotsman)

• Motherwell have resigned Stephen Hughes on a short-term contract. (Scotsman)

• St Mirren’s Aaron Mooy will get an injection today in a bid to speed up his recovery from a back injury. (Sun)