Here is a look at the headlines, stories and speculation across Scotland’s football scene on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Rangers Jed eye
Rangers have been linked again with a January move for three-goal winger Jed Wallace, who is currently at skybet Championship side Millwall. The front-man could be available before his contract runs out next year, but Newcastle and Celtic are also reportedly monitoring the former Portsmouth player and England youth international’s situation.
Rangers have contacted Police Scotland and warned fans to be vigilant after a scam email circulated purporting to be linked to the Ibrox club. The club tweeted from the club’s official account with confirmation of the legitimate club email sources.
Celtic defender Carl Starfelt was not for sale over the summer, Rubin Kazan sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky has claimed, but the £4m bid from Celtic proved too good to turn down. The Swedish stopper moved to Parkhead after the Russian club “received a good offer for both Karl and us, so we accepted it,” he said.
Hearts are aiming to break into the top three of the SPFL Premiership after a huge turnaround in the 15months since being demoted, says Robbie Neilson.
Airdrie defender Rico Quitongo has accused one of his own club’s fans of racist abuse. The defender played in a 0-0 draw with League One leaders Queen’s Park at Firhill on Saturday. Confirming the club had launched an investigation, he tweeted: “Thankfully my family weren't there but it makes no difference it shouldn't be in football and I absolutely don't deserve to be personally abused for my skin colour.”
Under-fire Dunfermline manager Peter Grant says he will not quit, despite his side’s lowly position in the cinch Championship. Grant was in charge at relegated Alloa last season and moved to East End Park, but the Pars are mired on the bottom of the second tier but the former Celtic and Norwich captain is determined to turn his club’s fortunes around.
Relegation for Dundee United at Dundee was Queen’s Park striker Simon Murray’s worst feeling in football – despite being a Dundee fan himself. The striker is now leading the third tier with the Spiders but says experiencing the drop at the hands of their Tayside city rivals at Dens Park was the worst feeling in football. The teams meet again in the top flight this weekend for the first time in five years.
Celtic have been rated alongside the likes of European super-powers Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City – in terms of passes completed this season. A study of games so far this season ranks Ange Postecoglou’s side third for passes completed in top leagues across Europe with 708. Lionel Messi and his PSG team-mates top the rankings list, compiled by CIES Football Observatory, while Manchester City and Ajax sit fourth and fifth. Shakhtar Donetsk are second. Paris St Germain also showed the highest rate of accurate passes.