Celtic move not ruled out by Aston Villa man, ex-Ibrox captain tipped for Rangers boss role, Chelsea midfielder's Euro hope, Shankland transfer target: SPFL Rumour Mill

Stories, gossip and headlines from Scottish football on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

It’s the morning of an Old Firm encounter – but the summer transfer window is edging onto the horizon as the end of the season looms large.

Many are looking to the future at Celtic and the turnaround at Parkhead while there are positive talks of what has gone on at Ibrox this season.

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Those stories are among the Sunday headlines but outwith Glasgow there are transfer tales, contract talks and of course Euro 2020 in the Scottish football Rumour Mill for May 2, 2021.

Rumour Mill, May 2, 2021

Playing catch-up

Rangers captain James Tavernier has joked with team-mates Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent that his recent injury lay-off was an opportunity for them to challenge his top scorer title (Scotland on Sunday)

Re-consider

Andy Halliday has pledged to ‘have a word’ with Hearts captain Steven Naismith over talk of retirement (Evening News)

Making his Mark

Former Rangers captain Lee Wallace can become a future manager at Ibrox says QPR boss Mark Warburton. (Mail on Sunday)

Transfer rush

Lawrence Shankland is being scouted by Russian side FC Orenburg (Sunday Mail)

Captain calling

Leicester City are set to be disappointed as Callum McGregor has been tipped for an extended stay at Celtic by interim boss John Kennedy, and to take over the captain’s armband from Scott Brown. (Sunday Mail)

Quality gap

Commentator Clive Tyldesley has had his eyes opened by the quality of football in the SPFL during his time as RangersTV commentator and believes there are misconceptions outside Scotland about the calibre of player and games (Glasgow Live)

Going ‘Well

Devante Cole’s contract talks at Motherwell are progressing (Scotland on Sunday)

Never say never

John McGinn has opened up on his transfer saga in 2018 and the possibility of a move to Celtic ‘maybe in the future’ - three years after the Hoops missed out on his signature and Aston Villa swooped (Sportslens via The Graham Hunter Podcast)

Green light for blue?Billy Gilmour’s hopes of edging into Steve Clarke’s 26-man Euros squad received a boost with the midfielder starting in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham (Scottish Sun)

Accelerated progress

Joe Aribo says being stopped in the street on his first day as a Rangers player made him realise how big a move he had made and almost gave up on his football dream before signing pro terms with Charlton (Mail on Sunday)

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