Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Joe Bryan | Old Firm gap '˜should be bigger' | Celtic to reject Linfield tickets

Celtic are considering a bid for Bristol City's Joe Bryan, the Parkhead club are set to reject their ticket allocation for the Champions League clash with Linfield, and Rangers chairman Dave King believes the gap between the Glasgow rivals should be bigger.

Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan is a target of Celtic. Picture: Getty
Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan is a target of Celtic. Picture: Getty

Celtic eye Bryan

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Celtic are considering a bid for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, a move which would allow the Parkhead side to sell youngster Kieran Tierney. The current Celtic left-back is being chased by several English Premier League sides and Brendan Rodgers is looking at contingency plans should Tierney leave this summer. Bryan is also being monitored by Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

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Celtic to reject Linfield allocation

Celtic will reject their ticket allocation for the potential Champions League qualifying clash with Linfield and tell supporters not to travel to Belfast for the away leg if the Belfast club make it into the second round. Even though the game is due to be switched to Friday evening with a 5pm kick-off, Celtic officials still have security concerns over the match and will advise fans to stay at home. (Daily Record)

Gap should be bigger

Dave King has claimed Celtic failed to take full advantage of Rangers’ four-year absence from the top flight of Scottish football. The Ibrox club finished a distant third in the Premiership last season, but chairman King believes the gap between the Old Firm rivals is not as pronounced as it could have been as a consequence of his club’s financial collapse in 2012. (The Scotsman)

Hearts to meet Lafferty

Ian Cathro admits Hearts need to sign another striker as club officials prepare to meet the Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty for talks today. Lafferty will sit down with director of football Craig Levein to discuss a possible move to Tynecastle following his release by Norwich City last month. However, Ipswich Town are one of seven other clubs in England and abroad also pursuing the 29-year-old’s signature. (Edinburgh News)

ICT to sell Fon-Williams

Inverness CT boss John Robertson is looking to sell goalkeeper Owain Fon-Williams in a bid to raise some funds to rebuild the Caley Thistle squad following relegation. The new ICT manager is eyeing an immediate return to the top flight but needs cash in order to do so, and Fon-Williams could become expendable with Mark Ridgers set to sign. (Daily Record)

Rangers tie up Pena and Herrera

Pedro Caixinha has further strengthened his squad with the signings of Mexican pair Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera as he prepares his Rangers side for the upcoming season. Pena and Herrera, both Mexico internationals, are Caixinha’s seventh and eighth signings respectively this summer and will join up with the squad for pre-season. (The Scotsman)