Rumour Mill: Celtic sign de Vries | Tavernier to leave for £2.5m? | Preston confirm Rangers move for Garner

Celtic complete the signing of Dorus de Vries, James Tavernier could be heading to Trabzonspor in a £2.5m move, and Preston confirm Rangers are interested in striker Joe Garner.

Dorus de Vries previously worked with Brendan Rodgers at Swansea. Picture: SNS
Dorus de Vries previously worked with Brendan Rodgers at Swansea. Picture: SNS

Tavernier to leave for £2.5m?

James Tavernier could be set to leave Rangers in a £2.5m deal to Trabzonspor.

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The Turkish side have been linked with the defender all week, with club president Muharrem Usta saying they are close to concluding a deal with a “new right back”.

Dorus de Vries completes Celtic move

Brendan Rodgers said losing Dorus de Vries at Swansea was just as bad as losing Luis Suarez when he was in charge of Liverpool.

Celtic completed their signing of the Dutchman yesterday and he’s expected to challenge Craig Gordon for the No.1 spot at the Parkhead club.


Rangers ‘should have scored four or five’

Mark Warburton praised his Rangers side for battling past Dundee but also had some stern words for them for allowing the home team back into the contest.

The visitors produced some impressive football during an entertaining first half at Dens Park, but failed to net in the second period and hung on for a 2-1 win.

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Andy Halliday: Second is not good enough

Andy Halliday insists Rangers will settle for nothing less than winning the Ladbrokes Premiership title.

After the opening day draw with Hamilton, chairman Dave King said it would be acceptable if the Ibrox side finished as runners-up in their first year back.

But Halliday said: “This club will never settle for second place. That’s no disrespect to Celtic , Aberdeen , Hearts or anyone else in the league.”

Hearts fan admits abuse of Josh Magennis

A Hearts fan has escaped punishment despite admitting to racially abusing Josh Magennis during a match last season.

David Pugh admitted calling Magennis an “Irish p****” but was given absolute discharge by the Sheriff JP Scott.

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Preston confirm Rangers interest in Garner

Simon Grayson has confirmed Rangers are looking to sign striker Joe Garner.

The Preston boss watched his side lose 2-1 against Fulham before addressing the speculation.

He said: “Rangers are sniffing around, they are wanting to try and take Joe Garner. We have had an enquiry but we are not looking to sell Joe.”

Celtic fans on collision course with Uefa

Celtic could be facing their ninth Uefa fine in six years if fans are spotted waving Palestinian flags during the club’s Champions League clash with Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

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Uefa prohibits “the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological or religious nature”.

Aberdeen tired out by punishing start

Derek McInnes has blamed Aberdeen’s hectic start to the new campaign for their lacklustre performance in the 0-0 draw with Hearts yesterday.

The Dons played three rounds of European competition and were forced into midweek action once again when they took on Arbroath in the BetFred Cup.

McInnes said it’s left his players feeling tired out before the end of August.


Torino drop interest in Jozo Simunovic

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Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi insists the club are not about to move for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic.

Reports in Italy linked the Turin club with a move for the Croatian, but Petrachi says, as far as Torino are aware, the player “is not for sale”.