Fran Sandaza brands Ally McCoist ‘a coward’; Matt Richie goal helps Scotland see off Quatar; Scottish league ‘not good enough’ says John Guidetti and more in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Fran Sandaza brands Ally McCoist ‘a coward’
Fran Sandaza branded the former Rangers boss Ally McCoist a ‘total coward’ for failing to back him when he was sacked by Charles Green over a prank call incident. The Spanish striker, now playing for Girona, said: “Ally McCoist told me not to worry but when Charles Green kicked me out, the manager was nowhere to be seen. He was a total coward. I didn’t know he could act like that.” (Sun)
Rangers target Vitor Pereira is set to be sacked by Olympiacos
Rangers managerial target Vitor Pereira is facing the sack from Greek champions Olympiacos.
The Portuguese coach held discussions with the Ibrox club last month, but talks broke down following their failure to win promotion from the Championship.
It’s thought that cracks in the relationship between Pereira and the Olympiacos board were already beginning to form over a disagreement about future funding.
And it now seems as though his interest in the Rangers job could be the final straw, despite leading the Piraeus outfit to a 12-point title-winning margin over rivals Panathinaikos. it remains to be seen whether this will rekindle Rangers’ interest in the Portugese manager. (Daily Mail)
Rangers have also held talks with Ian Cathro
Hihgly-rated Valenica assistant manager Ian Cathro met with Rangers representatives last week to discuss the job. (Sun)
Marley Watkins signs for Barnsley
Marley Watkins has signed a two-year deal with Barnsley less than a week after etching his name into Inverness Caledonian Thistle folklore.
The 24-year-old forward’s two-year stay in the Highlands came to an end after he scored the first goal as John Hughes’ team secured a famous 2-1 win over Falkirk in last Saturday’s Scottish Cup final. (Herald)
John Guidetti says ‘Scottish league is not good enough’
John Guidetti claims he had to leave Celtic to help his international career because goals in Scotland aren’t worth as much as in other leagues.
The 23-year-old delivered a parting shot at the Scottish Premiership, insisting there weren’t enough games of stature during his loan spell to help press his Sweden claims.
Guidetti’s assessment overlooks the fact that Mikael Lustig has, when fit, retained a place in the Swedish defence while at Parkhead. (Daily Mail)
Matt Richie goal helps Scotland see off Quatar
Scotland’s match winner Matt Ritchie, who scored the onloy goal in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Quatar, had to swap a honeymoon in the Maldives for a two-day holiday with his wife in Edinburgh. (Sun)
Celtic honoured by UEFA
A SPECIAL event organised by UEFA ahead of this Saturday’s Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus in Berlin has honoured all previous winners of the competition.
The UEFA Champions League Final Celebration Party in the German capital saw presentations made to Europe’s top teams, including Celtic, for their achievement in winning the continent’s top football prize.
All 22 clubs who have won the trophy since its inauguration began in 1955 were honoured, and Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, was the first on stage to receive the special award from UEFA President, Michel Platini, in recognition of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup triumph over Inter Milan in Lisbon. (Celtic)
News in brief:
• Brendan Rogers is to survive at Liverpool despite his coaches being sacked. (Mirror)
• Man City have launched a £30m bid for Raheem Sterling. (Mirror)
• Juventus star Alvaro Morata has vowed to join an elite club by gunning down Barcelona in the Champions League final this evening. (Star)