Armstrong linked with move abroad
Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong could be set for a shock move overseas when his current deal is up, according to reports.
The 25-year-old playmaker, who starred on his Scotland debut, has been tipped for a big money move to England, but sources close to the player have suggested the ex-Dundee United ace sees his future abroad.
Armstrong, who has scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 38 matches this season, has a contract at Celtic until the end of next season. (The Sun)
Moyes ‘sorry’ over slap remark
David Moyes has been forced to apologise after telling a female journalist she ‘might get a slap’.
The Sunderland boss took umbrage at some of the questions put to him by Match of the Day reporter Vicki Sparks, warning her to be ‘careful next time you come in [to the Stadium of Light]’.
He then said: “It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”
The BBC has confirmed Moyes apologised to Sparks and a Sunderland spokesperson confirmed the issue had been resolved. (Daily Express)
Hoops ‘would finish in top six’ in EPL
Brendan Rodgers has claimed Celtic would finish in the top six in the English Premier League.
The Hoops boss cited the ‘Celtic factor’ during an interview with Sky Sports, adding: “Could we play in the Premier League? Yes, we could. Celtic would be one of the minimum top four, top six clubs and that puts you on a different level altogether.
“I have absolutely no doubt about it because we’ve got the Celtic factor. We have 60,000 every other week. Without the money alone, this team would compete in the Premier League.
“This is one of the great iconic clubs in the world so there is no doubt that with this group we could go in [there and compete]. Imagine the backing then.” (Sky Sports)
Saints bust-up probe hampered by lack of footage
A probe into the astonishing on-field bust-up between St Johnstone pair Danny Swanson and Richard Foster has suffered a setback - due to a lack of video footage.
Swanson and Foster were both sent off during St Johnstone’s 1-0 loss to Hamilton at New Douglas Park, with Foster alleged to have thrown a punch at Swanson, who appeared to kick out in retaliation.
But while the pair were suspended by McDiarmid Park chiefs, neither Sky nor BBC caught the brawl on camera - and the Saints now face a wait for referee Don Robertson’s report.
Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan could take further action against the pair depending on Robertson’s report, but the Perth side may be unable to take action themselves until the SFA process is completed. (Various)
Lennon wants goals from hitmen
Neil Lennon has pleaded with his side to find the goals to seal the Scottish Championship title.
John McGinn netted in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Dunfermline Athletic - but Hibs have scored just 47 goals in 31 league matches, after Lennon cited a lack of goals as one of the main problems under predecessor Alan Stubbs.
While Jason Cummings has netted 16 league goals and Martin Boyle has added seven, Brian Graham and Grant Holt have scored just seven between them - and none in 2017.
Lennon added: “We’ve got to score goals. Jason [Cummings] has done brilliantly, Martin [Boyle] has chipped in, but the rest need to look at themselves and ask ‘have I done enough?’.” (Evening News)
Cathro takes positives from Celtic defeat
Ian Cathro insists Hearts must take the positives from their performance against Celtic as they bid to revive their Europa League bid.
Cathro reckons the 5-0 thumping wasn’t a fair reflection of the match, adding: “Throughout the first half, I felt we went toe to toe and made it a competitive game. We probably had the most chances in the first half but they’ve got some very good individuals of a high level and they step up. We continued to fight, though, and the scoreline no way reflects the majority of the game.
“It was a strong performance and a balanced game in the first half but we need to take those opportunities when they come along. That’s the reality of these games.” (Evening News)