Celtic target ‘available for £2m’
RUMOURED Celtic target Bastian Schweinsteiger could be available for around £2 million as Manchester United look to get the German midfielder off their wage bill.
Schweinsteiger - who is on around £190,000 a week at Old Trafford - is a target for Juventus, as well as both Internazionale and AC Milan and clubs in America.
Brendan Rodgers did play down talk linking Celtic with a move but has refused to rule out a marquee signing before the transfer window slams shut. (Bild)
Magpies keen on Paterson
NEWCASTLE have joined the race for £1 million-rated Hearts defender Callum Paterson - but the Magpies want the right back for their Under-23 team.
Hearts, who rejected a £600,000 bid from Wigan, are keen to hold onto the 21-year-old for this season but know there is interest in the player.
However, Wigan will not be returning with an improved offer. (Daily Record)
Hibs face four-way fight to land Hateley
HIBERNIAN could face competition from Dundee, AFC Wimbledon and Bradford for former Motherwell ace Tom Hateley.
A free agent after turning down a contract extension at Polish Ekstraklasa side Slask Wroclaw, Hateley is keeping his options open and held talks with Hibs head coach Neil Lennon yesterday.
But Paul Hartley is rumoured to be keen on the versatile midfielder, who can also fill in at right back, while the player may fancy a return to England. (Daily Express)
Ball ‘turned down Rangers return’
ROTHERHAM defender Dominic Ball has revealed he turned down the chance to return to Rangers after last season’s loan spell.
Ball left Tottenham to sign permanently for Alan Stubbs’ side but admitted: “I spoke to the manager and I am quite close with a few of the players at Rangers. It was an option to come up early on.
“As soon as Rotherham came in I thought it best for me to come to the Championship. I wanted to challenge myself again at this level to see how I got on. I think this is the right club for me in terms of the challenge and my career.” (Evening Times)
Hoops fans raise £80k for Palestine charities
CELTIC fans have raised an astonishing £75,000 for Palestinian charities after pledging to match the fine dished out to the club by UEFA for the fans waving Palestinian flags.
An initial target of £15,000 was reached and bettered within 24 hours and the fundraiser is now closing in on £90,000.
At the time of writing, £80,257 has been raised by fewer than 5,000 people. (Various)
Ex-Hibs striker banned from every UK racecourse
FORMER Hibs striker James Collins has been banned from every racecourse in the UK, after footage emerged of the Irish striker urinating in a champagne glass before pouring it from a balcony at the Cheltenham Festival.
And Collins, along with fellow Irishman Samir Carruthers and two reality TV stars who flashed at photographers, has been banned by the British Horseracing Authority.
Collins, a £200,000 signing from Swindon in 2013, scored six goals for Hibs and returned south after just one season. (Scottish Sun)
Green light for Ofir
NEW Hibs signing Ofir Marciano is finally ready to make his debut after a lengthy process concerning his work permit.
The Israeli ‘keeper finally completed his registration on Monday and could make his bow for Neil Lennon’s men against Morton on Saturday. (Scottish Sun)
Israeli police in warning to Celtic fans over flags
POLICE in Israel have warned Celtic fans that they will operate a zero-tolerance policy against any display of Palestinian flags at the Turner Stadium in Beersheba.
A spokesman for the Israeli cops said: “This is a football game and not a political opportunity. It is not illegal to have a Palestinian flag in Istael but provocation by fans of either side is and we will not tolerate it.” (The Scotsman)
Germans in for Senderos
RANGERS face competition in their bid to sign ex-Arsenal stopper Philippe Senderos, with 1860 Munich also interested in the Swiss defender.
The Bundesliga 2 side are also keen on Chelsea defender Matt Miazga and Munich native Georg Neidermeier, but are keeping tabs on Senderos. (Daily Record)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Darren Fletcher is in line for the Scotland captaincy following the international retirement of Scott Brown
• Mario Bilate has slammed Dundee as a ‘drab, gloomy, working-class town’ and has said his injuries at Dundee United were ‘wrongly diagnosed’
• Hearts striker Juanma’s move to Waasland-Beveren is off after the Spaniard failed to agree personal terms
• Manchester United have opened talks with Livingston starlet Matthew Knox
• Farid El Alagui is on trial at Dunfermline having failed to win a deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle