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Celtic continue to track Dutch striker Michiel Kramer; Alan Stubbs signs a new deal as Hibs blast social media abuse sent to Scott Allan and Brentford confirm no Rangers bids for Toumani Diagouraga

Celtic 1 Qarabag 0: Boyata goal hands Hoops advantage

A GOAL from Dedryck Boyata eight minutes from time gave Celtic a slender lead to take to Azerbaijan in the return leg against Qarabag.

Celtic step up Kramer chase

CELTIC have stepped up their interest in Den Haag striker Michiel Kramer after the striker’s proposed move to Abu Dhabi fell through.

Celtic have had the striker watched but could face competition from Sheffield Wednesday for the 27-year-old forward. (Voetbal)

Michiel Kramer's proposed move to Abu Dhabi fell through. Picture: Den Haag

Michiel Kramer's proposed move to Abu Dhabi fell through. Picture: Den Haag

Scott Allan saga rolls on as Alan Stubbs signs contract extension

WHILE one key component in Hibs’ rebuilding project has made it clear that he wants away, Easter Road fans have been boosted by the news that manager Alan Stubbs is more than happy to stay.

Stubbs wants the fans, who have been fragmented in the recent past, to show similar backing and get behind him and all of his players, no doubt including Scott Allan. (The Scotsman)

‘No Rangers bid’ for Diagouraga

BRENTFORD have insisted that they have received no bids from Rangers for highly-rated defensive midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.

Rangers were linked with the Frenchman earlier this week but the Bees are yet to receive any offers for the 29-year-old. (Various)

Rangers withdraw rights of four shareholders

The Ibrox side have withdrawn the rights of four club shareholders to vote, trade their stake or collect a dividend, according to reports.

Blue Pitch Holdings, Putney Holdings Limited, Norne Anstalt and ATP Investments Limited are the four companies, and until ownership details are provided, the shares the firms hold are effectively worthless. (The Scotsman)

Oshaniwa on the cusps of Hearts move

The Nigerian international has revealed his delight at finally being granted a UK visa to complete his move to Hearts. Oshaniwa should fly into Edinburgh today after collecting his passport in Abuja and has spoke of his delight to finally be on his way to Gorgie:

“I’m certainly very happy. Robbie Neilson called me on Monday and I thought, ‘I should already be in Edinburgh’. It’s another morale boost for me.” (Evening News)

McNamara confident about ‘new look’ United

The Tannadice boss admitted that the previous season had grinded to a halt after the sale of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to Celtic in the January transfer window, but he believes that new signings Rodney Sneijder and Darko Bodul are looking to make a positive impact: “It was difficult for us in January for different reasons. You can’t go out and spend a lot of money to replace players, and you’re relying on players getting up to speed quickly.” McNamara said. ““Rodney is in a similar scenario to Darko in terms of his career, possibly the same as Nadir a couple of years ago. It’s an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves.” (Express)

McInnes warns of Kairat threat for Dons

The Dons manager warned that their Europa League third round qualifying game against FC Kairat later this evening would be no walk in the park. McInnes was quick to rule out the idea that Aberdeen would be taking the 2014 Kazakhstan Cup winners lightly: ““They are playing with a lot of confidence at the top of the league and won comfortably with their second team on Sunday. They don’t lose many goals, especially at home, and they have good individual talent at the top end of the pitch.” (Press & Journal)

Partick still seeking striker

The Jags are currently struggling to get what they want from the transfer window, having already missed out on Lyle Taylor earlier this summer, and manager Alan Archibald admits he is frustrated by their lack of options up front: “It has been the main priority for some time and it has been very frustrating. It is hard because we have only got Kris Doolan and it is not fair on him to only have that on his shoulders and to lead us through a season. (Evening Times)