Kasey Palmer to Celtic?
CELTIC have been linked with a move for Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer, according to reports in England.
The midfielder, who led Chelsea’s Under-19s to UEFA Youth League glory, was twice an unused sub towards the end of last season, and the Blues are rumoured to be keen on sending him out on loan.
And Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, who cut his teeth at Chelsea’s academy, could land the 19-year-old on loan as he looks to bolster his squad. (ChelseaHQ)
Newcastle end Gers Hanley hopes
NEWCASTLE are set to offer up to £6 million for Blackburn defender Grant Hanley, amid reports that Rangers were keen on the 24-year-old.
Rangers were linked with the Scotland centre half at the start of May, but with Newcastle set to shell out for Hanley after having two initial bids knocked back, it looks likely that the Ibrox side will miss out on the defender. (SkySports)
Dons deny Pawlett loan talk
ABERDEEN say they have had no contact from Hibs over Peter Pawlett, despite reports linking the winger with a loan move to Easter Road.
Yesterday’s newspapers suggested the 25-year-old was a target for Hibs head coach Neil Lennon, but Pittodrie insiders have denied the reports. (Evening Express)
Warburton signs new deal
MARK Warburton has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at Ibrox until 2019.
The ex-Brentford boss will sign off on the one-year extension today, quashing rumours about his future at Ibrox.
Warburton’s No 2 David Weir is also set to extend his stay at Ibrox. (Scottish Sun)
Noring eyes No 1 spot after frustrating Celtic loan
NEW Hearts goalkeeper Viktor Noring is aiming to put a frustrating loan spell at Celtic behind him - by setting his sights on the No 1 spot at Tynecastle.
Noring joined Celtic three years ago on a three-month loan deal but endured a lack of first team action with Fraser Forster and Lukasz Zaluska ahead of him in the pecking order.
But Noring said: “I don’t think I have anything to prove to Celtic because when I was there I think I did well in training. [At Hearts] It’s about coming in and settling in and try to perform on the pitch when I get my chance.” (The Scotsman)
Virtanen eyeing Hibs chance
HIBS goalkeeper Otso Virtanen admits he is ready for a full competitive debut against Brondby after conceding that Alan Stubbs was right to shatter his Hampden dream.
With Mark Oxley on the verge of a move to Southend and Conrad Logan having left, Virtanen is set to grab the opportunity with both hands.
Virtanen added: “For the Scottish Cup game it was a fight between me and Logan, but I needed to just swallow it and train better. We’ll see what happens on Thursday with regards to the goalkeeping situation. Not a lot has been said, nothing has been confirmed.” (The Scotsman)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Hearts winger Billy King is set to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a season-long loan deal while Morgaro Gomis has signed for Malaysian outfit Kelantan
• Brondby will face Hibs without South African midfielder Lebogang Phiri and Paraguayan striker Jose Ariel Nunes
• Dundee United striker Simon Murray has admitted that the Tannadice club’s players weren’t fit enough last season
• Kenny Miller has warned James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn that there is no guarantee of ‘greater fulfilment’ away from Ibrox after the Rangers pair turned down new contract offers
• Motherwell will not risk striker Louis Moult until his persistent groin injury clears up
• Former Hamilton defender Ziggy Gordon has joined Partick Thistle