Rumour Mill: Celtic plan bid for midfielder | Larsson’s son attacked | Halliday won’t give up

Jordan Mutch is free to leave Crystal Palace. Pic: Getty
Jordan Mutch is free to leave Crystal Palace. Pic: Getty
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Celtic are planning a swoop for Crystal Palace midfielder Jordan Mutch, Henrik Larsson’s son is attacked by own fans and Andy Halliday insists Rangers won’t give up the fight,

Celtic eye move for Mutch

Celtic are ready to bid £2.5million for out-of-favour Crystal Palace midfielder Jordan Mutch. The 24-year-old, who the Eagles signed from QPR for £4.75m two years ago, has been told that he has no future at Selhurst Park. Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen his squad in January and is an admirer of the Englishman, although his wages – currently around £35,000 per week – could be a stumbling block. Aston Villa are also monitoring Mutch’s situation. (Daily Record)

Larsson’s son attacked after Helsingborgs go down

Jordan Larsson, the son of Celtic legend Henrik, was attacked by angry Helsingborgs fans after the Swedish side were relegated from the Allsvenskan last night. Larsson Snr currently manages the club and he had flares and chairs thrown at him as they lost out to Halmstad in a relegation play-off. A furious mob confronted Jordan, ripping the shirt off his back and lashing out at the 19-year-old. Henrik said: “I didn’t see the attack on Jordan. If I had I would’ve gone in there ready to fight. If they want to come to me, they can come. We have got a lot of dogs at home. It is not a problem. I don’t understand why they should do this to the best player this season.” (The Sun)

Busquets: We must improve for Celtic game

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets slammed his team-mates and demanded improvement for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Celtic after the Catalans were held at home by Malaga in La Liga. The Spaniards, who were without Leo Messi and Luis Suarez, could not break down their opponents in what is now their worst start to a domestic campaign in 13 years. Busquets said: “We created danger, but lacked spark. We have to improve for the Celtic game.” (various)

Kilmarnock hope to land O’Connell on loan

Kilmarnock are leading the chase for a loan move for young Celtic defender Eoghan O’Connell. The 20-year-old played in the Bhoys’ early Champions League ties, but is behind more senior centre-backs at Parkhead and Rodgers is ready to give him more game-time away from Glasgow. “We have had a couple of enquiries for Eoghan in terms of a loan,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a young player that needs to play games. There’s a few clubs that are interested in him so we will see.” (HITC)

Rangers won’t give up chase, says Halliday

Determined Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday insists Rangers won’t give up the title race despite being 11 points behind their rivals. Speaking after the Gers’ 1-0 win over Dundee, Halliday said: “No disrespect to Celtic, but we can’t settle for second. We have to try to chip away at the lead, get as many wins as we can and with it a bit of momentum and hopefully claw it back.” (various)

Hughes mystified over Adam’s Scotland omission

Stoke manager Mark Hughes says he’s been left baffled by the Scot’s snub from the national team, insisting that the Potters midfielder can’t be omitted for too much longer. “Unfortunately in Charlie’s case, he seems to be outside of Scotland’s thinking,” said Hughes, “but if he keeps playing as well as he has done then he can’t be ignored.” (various)

McGregor laughs off calls for Scotland call-up

Hibs defender Darren McGregor has laughed off claims for him to be called into the Scotland squad. The 31-year-old is part of Britain’s best defence, having only conceded seven league goals, and speaking after Hibs’ 4-0 win over Queen of the South, McGregor commented on a potential Scotland call-up: “For me that’s just way beyond the realms of possibility. I just deal with what I can if something like that did materialise, Paul Hanlon [aged 26] would probably deserve it because he is younger. But if Gordon Strachan wants an old cart-horse then I’m willing to oblige. But I’m happy to be here, happy to be playing and anything else is obviously a massive bonus.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Paterson wants to give Hearts Euro parting gift

Hearts defender Callum Paterson hopes to depart Tynecastle in the summer with the Jambos back in Europe. The young Scotland full-back is out of contract in the summer and is likely to depart for England and speaking ahead of tonight’s match with Hamilton, Paterson said: “That would be a massive positive for me. To get the club back to where they belong and where they’ve been in the past would be a great achievement for me and them. I don’t get the choice but it would be nice to finish on a high. We’ll see what happens. The fans have been positive but it was a disappointment for them when we went out of Europe in the summer, especially with the way we played and the way we went out. It wasn’t great. In a way, we’ve probably got a bit to repay them by qualifying again this season.” (Edinburgh Evening News)

Accies learning every day from Donati

Hamilton wing-back Grant Gillespie has hailed the impact of veteran Italian Massimo Donati. The 35-year-old arrived in the summer and has been moved into a sweeper role, his impact being so impressive that he was handed a new two-year deal last week. Gillespie said: “Massimo’s been a big player for us – a real key man. He brings a wealth of great experience from Serie A and also from his time with Celtic. We’re trying to take as much as we can from him and what we learn can only benefit our careers.” (various)

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