LiveScottish Football LIVE: Celtic will have '2 or 3' line up to replace star, Lennon targets left-back, Rangers' transfer difficulty, England international turned down Parkhead move

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Scottish football was once more hit by the coronavirus after it was confirmed on Tuesday evening that Rangers player Ross McCrorie had tested positive for the virus while on loan at Portsmouth.

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It comes after the country largely moved behind close doors in a help to flatten the curve and stop a potential strain on emergency services. At the same time there was still little clarity on what happens next for Scottish and European football as more clubs move to lessen their outgoings so they can make it through the current climate.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020, 16:58

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Celtic will be preparing for life after Edouard

Ex-England international Danny Mills reckons Celtic will have two or three players lined up to replace Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman has been linked with amove to Arsenal.

Mills told Football Insider: "Football is not just about money but it is a huge factor. It is probably like Southampton. They have to make sure they have replacements ready. When you are Celtic you have to have a plan for the future.

“They will have two or three lined up to replace Edouard. People will be in mind because if the big boys come in the likelihood is they are going to lose people.”

Caulker turned down Celtic move

Ex-Dundee defender Steven Caulker turned down a move to Celtic.

Former team-mate at Dens Park Paul McGowan, revealed to Open Goal, that he was offered a three-year deal at Celtic Park while still at QPR.

But turned it down due to the money on offer which left Brendan Rodgers which left the former Celtic boss fuming.

Rangers will struggle to move on Barker, says ex-Ibrox star

Ex-Rangers ace Alan Hutton says his former club will struggle to move on Brandon Barker.

According to a report, the club will likely try to move on the winger in the summer after he failed to make an impact this season.

However, it won't be quite as simple as that, feels Hutton.

He told Football Insider: "“It’s a shame because I expected big things from him, he constantly gave Rangers a tough time playing against them. He’s got great speed so I don’t get why he’s not been able to show that, we all know how quick he is. I don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes, if he’s training hard enough, if he’s pushing hard enough.

“I do believe he’s got all the assets to be a very good winger so it’s a difficult situation. If you’re not playing regularly, it is difficult to move because you’re then looking for a team to take a punt on you and hopefully they can see and believe in what you’ve got.” 

Celtic target left-back

Neil Lennon has made left-back a summer priority, according to a report.

Celtic brought in two players for that position last summer with Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor arriving following the sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.

Despite their signings, Jonny Hayes has been used at left-back also.

Edouard contract update

Odsonne Edouard won't rush into signing a new Celtic deal, according to a report

The Scottish Premiership league leaders are keen to tie the Frenchman, understandably a prized asset, down to an extended contract with a number of clubs reportedly interested.

Edouard, however, is happy to wait, with his current contract running until 2022.

It is reported that he would be keen to have certain stipulations in any new deal as he targets playing at the very top with Arsenal the latest team to be interested. 

SPFL ask Uefa for league clarity

The SPFL are one of a number of league organisations around Europe that want clarity from Uefa regarding next season.

Uefa were forced to indefinitely postpone the Champions League and Europa League after initially thinking they could finish the competitions before June 30.

Now leagues want to know what is happening with next seasons tournaments which could lead to guidance as to how to settle league winners and European spots, report the Daily Record.

Transfer window to be extended?

According to reports in England, English clubs have approached Fifa about extending the transfer window all the way to January.

Due to the current situation few clubs are able to make plans for next campaign as they are unsure whether they can finish this season.

The Daily Record report, Scotland could take lead from England.

Rangers ace speaks on testing positive for coronavirus

Rangers star Ross McCrorie has pleaded with fans to stay at home and not risk lives.

The 21-year-old is on loan at Portsmouth and was one of five Pompey players to contract the virus.

He said: "I am back home and staying by myself. I am self-isolating. But I feel fine and I am displaying no symptoms.

"I would urge everyone to follow the government guidelines that have been put in place.

"We all have a part to play in slowing the spread of the virus and that means adhering to the guidelines set out. It is vital we all do what we can.”

Stewart labels Hearts a 'disgrace'

Michael Stewart has hit out at former club Hearts, branding them a "disgrace".

It has been reported that the club sent out an email to agents as part of their recruitment plans for next season.

It is believed to have been sent by head of recruitment John Murray and has been seen by the players.

Writing in his column for the Scottish Sun, Stewart said: "It was a DISGRACE. Pure and simple."

The pundit said "it is not a good look and has upset a lot of people", as he lambasted the roles of Murray, Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee. 

He said: "Murray has been at Hearts for as long as I can remember. He was Director of Football at one stage, now he has the title of Head of Player Recruitment. Well, player recruitment at that club has been BRUTAL. So what’s he been doing?

"Either he’s been doing it and it’s been terrible or, if he hasn’t, why is he still there? And if he has, can someone tell me what Craig Levein and Austin MacPhee are meant to be doing there?"

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