LiveScottish Football LIVE: Ajer speaks on Celtic future, 4 Rangers stars key to deferral decision, Edouard's Arsenal link as £40m value questioned

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There appears to be inroads being made with regards to the current season and whether it will be played until conclusion or not following the news Fifa will not only extend the 2019/2020 campaign indefinitely, but they will also allow for contracts which are expiring to be extended with changes to the summer transfer window.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 07 April, 2020, 13:11

  • Rangers eye Ligue 1 ace
  • Celtic given goalkeeper targets

Rangers quartet key in deferrals

Four Rangers players played a key role behind having wages deferred by 50 per cent to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic.

James  Tavernier, Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Ryan Jack had discussions with their manager before taking the proposal to the club, according to The Athletic.

Ajer professes his love for Celtic

Kristoffer Ajer has said he loves playing for Celtic.

Speaking to media in his native Norway, the centre-back played down talk of leaving the club.

His agent had said the player wouldn't sign a new deal with Celtic and would leave in the summer.

He told FVN a newspaper in Norway: "I’m really happy now, I’ve got two and a half years at Celtic and I’m happy with it. I love playing for Celtic. All talk of contracts is between my agent and the club and I’m just concentrated on day-to-day work and trying to be the best footballer I can."

Charlie Nicholas on Odsonne Edouard his £40m value and a move to Arsenal

Ex-Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas reckons Odsonne Edouard is good enough for Arsenal. 

However, he has questioned the player's apparent £40m valuation.

He told Sky Sports: "He could certainly play at Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it.

"The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he's ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already."

He added: "His attitude has improved sufficiently enough to tell me he will become a top player but I am not quite convinced teams will yet be looking at him as a £40m player. But the current market, with the coronavirus likely to impact the value of players, this will play a crucial part."

Former Rangers chairman on Celtic title asterisk

Celtic wouldn't want their league title tainted with an asterisk.

That's the view of ex-Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston who told The Times he has had Rangers fans telling him it would be "eight-and-a-half in a row".

He said: "That's not something you want, that asterisk."

He added: "So, ideally, I can't imagine that anyone really wants to have their efforts undermined or compromised or not appreciated. The ideal would be to get the season done but there is also the reality of the financial situation."

Steven Gerrard on Rangers wage deferrals

Steven Gerrard speaking to Rangers TV

I think it was a no brainer and the right thing to do. It’s important to show respect to all the people at the club, whatever your role is and I think we’ve shown real good togetherness by doing this.

O'Neill eyes Scottish market

Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill has set his sights on the SPFL to bolster his squad in the summer.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the Northern Irishman has said younger players in Scotland are "worth considering" as he picked out three teams in particular.

He said: “Scottish clubs can be a first stop for a player who comes into British football, look at the likes of Virgil van Dijk coming into Celtic. So there’s players who maybe come into Hearts, Hibs or Aberdeen and it’s a case of keeping an eye on the situation.”

Rangers eye Ligue 1 striker

Rangers are keen on Josh Maja as a possible Alfredo Morelos replacement, according to report.

The Colombian could leave in the summer which will leave the Ibrox side with a void to fill.

Maja was a star of the recent Sunderland 'Til I Die Netflix documentary. After a really impressive period he moved for £1.5million to French side Bordeaux.

It has been reported he is earning £57,000-a-week.

Celtic given two transfer targets

Ex-Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has suggested two Premiership goalkeepers Celtic could sign to replace Craig Gordon and Fraser Forster.

Gordon is out of contract at the end of the season, while Forster returns to Southampton following the expiry of his loan deal. 

It is expected that Lennon would certainly like to keep the latter but his Premier League wage is substantial.

Bonner reckons there are two goalkeepers in the Scottish Premiership who could provide an alternative option.

He told the Scottish Sun: “If we’re talking Scotland, I’ve been impressed with St Mirren’s Vaclav Hladky. I think he’s a free agent this summer. But he’s not the biggest and that might rule him out. Then there’s Joe Lewis at Aberdeen, but he’s not going to get him."

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