Rumour Mill: Celtic call off Nagbe deal | Rangers '˜saved lower league sides' | Lennon to be backed in January

Celtic have pulled out of the deal to sign Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, ex-manager Stuart McCall believes Rangers saved Scottish lower league sides from financial ruin, and Hibs will back manager Neil Lennon in the January transfer window.

Darlington Nagbe was strongly linked with a move to Celtic Park. Picture: Getty
Darlington Nagbe was strongly linked with a move to Celtic Park. Picture: Getty

Celtic call off Nagbe deal

Celtic have decided to pull out of the deal to sign Portland Timbers star Darlington Nagbe.

The player was in attendance for Celtic’s Champions League clash with Barcelona last month and it looked likely he was going to make the move to Celtic Park in a £3million transfer.

Ex-Scottish international John Spencer believes the Ladbrokes Premiership are making a mistake by walking away from the deal for such a talented player. (The Sun)

Rangers ‘saved lower league sides’

Stuart McCall believes that Rangers’ time in the Scottish lower leagues helped save a host of clubs from financial ruin.

The ex-Rangers player and manager hailed the response of the fans for following their team home and away as a “matter of principle”.

It saw crowds at lower league grounds take a significant jump whenever Rangers came to town. McCall feels the added attendance was vital to the continued survival of those sides. (Daily Record)

Hibs to back Lennon in January

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has assured boss Neil Lennon he’ll have the backing he needs to bring in new players during the January transfer window.

Lennon, however, has been looking to strengthen his squad and has cast his eye over a number of trialists in recent weeks including American winger Aaron Kovar, Polish goalkeeper Maciej Dabrowski and former French youth internationalist Enzo Reale.

If and when Lennon identifies who he wants, Dempster revealed funds will be made available. (Evening News)

MK Dons want Cammy Bell

MK Dons and Bristol City are said to be chasing Dundee United stopper Cammy Bell.

The goalkeeper has been in excellent form since signing for the Tannadice side this past summer, including saving three penalty kicks in one half against Dunfermline.

Ex-Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is looking to tempt the 30-year-old down to Stadium MK, while City boss Lee Johnson is also said to be an admirer. (The Sun)