Celtic plot Jon Flanagan swoop
Brendan Rodgers is looking to lure Liverpool right back Jon Flanagan to Celtic Park.
The 23-year-old played under Rodgers when the Celtic boss was in charge of Liverpool, making 23 English Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 season when Liverpool came within two games of winning the EPL crown.
Since then Flanagan has spent 18 months out of the game with recurring knee problems and made only eight appearances last season. (The Scottish Sun)
Rangers want to add two more
Rangers boss Mark Warburton is on the verge of completing his ninth signing of the summer but still wants to add two more players before the transfer window is up.
Striker Joe Dodoo is close to completing a switch from Premier League champions Leicester City and will cost Rangers a compensation fee of around £250,000.
Dodoo will compete for places with Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Milller, and Warburton admits he’s looking to bring in another attacking option along with a defender. (The Scottish Sun)
Jackson Irvine becomes Burton Albion record signing
Australian international Jackson Irvine has left Ross County after becoming Burton Albion’s most expensive ever signing.
The Championship club would not disclose the exact fee but have revealed it is their highest ever transfer.
Irvine joined County from Celtic last summer, helping the Dingwall club to their first ever major tournament with the League Cup final victory over Hibs. Irvine was man of the match in the final. (Various)
Van Persie to Rangers?
Bookmakers SkyBet have installed Rangers as 10/1 outsiders to sign former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.
SkyBet had been running a book on where the well travelled hitman would end up next after a successful with Fenerbahce.
Rangers were not initially included as one of the options, but have now been given a 10/1 chance. (HITC)
Grant Holt: Ban won’t change Neil Lennon
Grant Holt claims no-one should expect Neil Lennon to change now after the Hibs manager was sent to the stand during his first competitive match in charge of the Easter Road side.
Lennon has been handed a one-match touchline ban by Uefa for his behaviour during the 1-0 Europa League defeat by Brondby and he will now be suspended for the second leg next week. (The Scotsman)
Mark Warburton’s fixture gripe
Mark Warburton has stated his dissatisfaction with the scheduling of the League Cup group stages, insisting he “doesn’t understand the logic” of why Motherwell and Rangers will meet each other in the first game.
The game takes place at 3pm later today and the Betfred Cup fixture is the opening game for each club’s season.
Warburton believes it would have made “more sense” for everyone if they’d left the toughest game in the group for later in the round. (Daily Record)
Ozturk looking forward to (cold) home comforts
Hearts captain Alim Ozturk was exhausted when he arrived home in Edinburgh yesterday morning. Never before had he endured heat and humidity like during the previous night’s goalless Europa League qualifying draw with Birkirkara. Now he wants rain and cold for Thursday’s return leg at Tynecastle.
Witnessing team-mates vomiting at full-time underlined to Ozturk the physical demands put upon the Hearts players in Malta. Temperatures of 27 degrees and 77 per cent humidity made for a stifling heat. The Turkish defender looked shattered at the end and, understandably, is wishing for the tables to turn next week. (The Scotsman)
Dundee striker out to emulate new Spurs signing
New Dundee striker Yordi Teijsse hopes his career can enjoy the same meteoric rise as his countryman Vincent Janssen, who completed a £18 million move to Tottenham earlier this week.
Both attackers recently played for Almere City in the Dutch second tier and Teijsse says he’s taken inspiration from Janssen as he looks to break into the Dundee first-team. (Evening Telegraph)
Motherwell defeat helped Halliday realise dream
Andy Halliday watched in anguish as Rangers crashed to a comprehensive Play-off defeat to Motherwell 14 months ago but quickly realised it was his passport to a dream move to Ibrox.
The lifelong supporter stood among the Light Blue Legions as the Steelmen ran out 6-1 aggregate winners, meaning another season in the Championship and a complete change in regime.
That proved to be beneficial for Halliday, who became one of Mark Warburton’s first signings and now he wants Rangers to make a statement of intent today on his return to Lanarkshire. (The Scotsman)