Rumour Mill: Celtic interest in South African confirmed | Hibs to sign Man City starlet | Griffiths ‘would stroll’ EPL

Rivaldo Coetzee, left, has been watched by Celtic scouts. Picture: Getty
Rivaldo Coetzee, left, has been watched by Celtic scouts. Picture: Getty
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Celtic’s interest in South African international Rivaldo Coetzee has been confirmed by Ajax Cape Town, Hibs are on the verge of signing Manchester City youngster Brandon Barker on loan, and Chris Sutton believes Leigh Griffiths would “stroll” the English Premier League.

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Celtic interest in Coetzee

Celtic’s interest in Rivaldo Coetzee has been confirmed by his club Ajax Cape Town. The South African international was watched by Parkhead scouts during a recent friendly encounter as boss Brendan Rodgers seeks to strengthen his defensive corps following injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata. Cape Town insist no offer has yet been made. (Daily Record)

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Hibs to sign City youngster

Hibs are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester City’s highly-rated winger Brandon Barker. The 20-year-old is expected to join the Easter Road club on a season-long loan from the English Premier League outfit, with Barker having been due to arrive in the Capital within the last 24 hours for further talks and a medical. (Evening News)

Griffiths would “stroll” EPL

Leigh Griffiths “would stroll” the English Premier League if the Celtic attacker ever moved back down across the border, according to Chris Sutton. The BT Sport pundit tweeted his praise of the striker following Celtic’s 5-0 victory over Astana in their Champions League play-off first leg tie. Sutton also hailed the efforts of makeshift centre-back Nir Bitton and young midfielder Olivier Ntcham. (Scottish Sun)

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Simunovic to be named in Bosnia squad

Jozo Simunovic will likely make his debut for Bosnia this month as the Celtic centre-back is due to be named in the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualification double-header with Cyprus and Gibraltar. Simunovic made the switch from his native Croatia earlier this summer after becoming frustrated at the lack of opportunities. (Daily Express)

Rossiter would be part of Liverpool first-team

Ex-Liverpool coach Michael Beale reckons Jordan Rossiter would have been part of the first-team squad at Ibrox if he didn’t leave to sign for Rangers. The former Anfield youth coach called Rossiter “one of England’s best young players” despite the 20-year-old struggling for a regular first-team place in Scotland. (Scottish Sun)

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Walker in line to start at Ibrox

Interim Hearts coach Jon Daly insists Jamie Walker is focused and ready to start against Rangers having overcome the uncertainty over his future. Daly revealed that the winger’s performance in training has vastly improved and, consequently, he is a strong contender to play at Ibrox on Saturday. Rangers had transfer bids for Walker rejected by Hearts last month. (Evening News)

McClaren still in Hearts frame

Steve McClaren insists he’s still in the running for the vacant Hearts manager’s job. The former England national team boss was thought to have been ruled out as a potential candidate after it emerged he was ready to take a consultancy role with Maccabi Tel Aviv. However, he’s since declined that opportunity, and could be set for a surprising u-turn. (The Scotsman)

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Novo won’t be new Airdrie boss

Nacho Novo is out of the running as the new manager of Airdrieonians. The ex-Rangers attacker applied for the vacant position at the crisis-hit club but will not even make their shortlist of contenders. Ex-East Fife boss Willie Aitchison took temporary charge last week as Airdrie continue to search for a successor to Mark Wilson. (Scottish Sun)