The Rumour Mill: Wednesday’s football news and gossip

In today’s Rumour Mill: Craig Whyte duped by Celtic fans; Dave King speaks out on Rangers future; Sympathy for Gregg Wylde; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

RANGERS CRISIS

• Discredited Rangers owner Craig Whyte has said he will be remembered as the saviour of the club in a phone call to a Celtic fan who then uploaded a recording of the conversation to YouTube. (Record)

Gregg Wylde last night turned down a surprise move to Celtic after choosing to sacrifice his Rangers career. The 20-year-old winger said: “There’s no chance I would sign for Celtic. The last thing Sandy Jardine said to me before I left was ‘Don’t ever sign for Celtic!’” (Sun)

• Rangers director Dave King believes it is “inevitable” the club will plunge into liquidation. In a 1200-word statement, South Africa-based King, the only survivor from the Sir David Murray era on the board, King said: “I do not believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the company can come out of administration. I believe that liquidation is inevitable.” (Various)

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• A deal to prevent major redundancies among the first team squad at Rangers was left hanging in the balance last night after the agents of up to seven players failed to agree the terms of wage-cutting measures with the club’s administrators. (Scotsman)

Mervan Celik’s agent last night claimed that the Swedish striker quit Ibrox despite the fact that manager Ally McCoist wanted to keep him. (Sun)

• Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie has accused Rangers of damaging the “sporting integrity” of the SPL, whilst participating in the television programme Scottish Football – The Debate. (Scotsman)

• Hearts winger David Templeton has backed his friend Gregg Wylde to make a swift comeback in the game. “I know Gregg and it’s disappointing to see what has happened,” he said. “I don’t know exactly what has gone on with him but I will speak to him later and see how he is but I am sure he will get a club.”

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• Defender Dorin Goian insists he will easily find a new club if the administrators release him. (Scotsman)

• Dunfermline Athletic have made up the shortfall in their players’ wage packets from last month after Rangers administrators reached an agreement with the Fife club to pay outstanding ticket monies in full. (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

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• Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is keen to extend Lewis Stevenson’s contract. (Sun)

• Meanwhile, Hibs have started talks to develop a tie-in with their European namesake Hibernians of Malta. (Record)

• Aberdeen striker Mo Chalali has claimed that boss Craig Brown is not picking him because he hasn’t signed a new deal with the Pittodrie club. (Sun)

• Former Aberdeen player Stuart Duff has signed for Kazakhstan club Kairat Almaty. (Scotsman)

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• Falkirk chairman Martin Richie insists the club was saved by loans of £500,000 from the board of directors. (Various)

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