Rumour Mill: Deila-Commons | Lawwell | Dave King

RONNY Deila wants to make permanent signings in January and not lose star player Kris Commons, Celtic chief Peter Lawwell picked up £1 million in wages and bonuses, and Dave King’s attempt to take over Rangers is approved by a former Celtic star.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila at training yesterday. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Ronny Deila at training yesterday. Picture: SNS

Deila confident of keeping Commons

Celtic manager Ronny Deila doesn’t want to lose another top player amid rumours of Neil Lennon’s interest in bringing Kris Commons to Bolton. The attacker is out of contract next summer, but Deila insists Celtic are in “good control” of the situation. (The Herald)

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• Deila also insists that Celtic will concentrate on making permanent transfers in January rather than the spate of loan deals made in the summer. (The Herald)

• Scotland’s performance in the 2-2 draw away to Poland “heartened” the Celtic boss because he believes it’s the type of possession football he wants to implement at Celtic Park. (The Scotsman)

• Celtic would love to sign 15-year-old Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard, but Deila feels the player is destined for Real Madrid, Barcelona or another of Europe’s elite clubs. Odegaard played under Deila at Stromgsgodset and became the European Championships youngest ever player when he made his debut for Norway against Bulgaria earlier this week. (The Scotsman)

King backed by former Hoops favourite

Dave King has been backed to make a success of Rangers by former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas. Writing in his column, the former Scotland international stated his opinion that King would have the club challenging for the Scottish Premiership next season after bringing the likes of Walter Smith back to Ibrox. (Daily Express)

• Former Rangers star of the 1970s Derek Johnstone has backed the club’s decision to postpone their fixture with Cowdenbeath due to international call-ups, believing nobody should get too caught up on the gap between Rangers and league leaders Hearts at this early stage of the campaign. (Evening Times)

Peter Lawwell’s 400k bonus

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell earned close to £1 million in wages and bonuses during the last financial year. The club’s annual report showed Lawwell picked up a £400,500 bonus within that time. (Daily Mail)

McInnes slams Friday night organisation

Derek McInnes has criticised the organisation of Friday night football. The Aberdeen manager is a fan of the idea, but feels more consideration is needed for teams having to travel lengthy distances. (The Scotsman)

• Dons midfielder Peter Pawlett believes Aberdeen will get themselves in the title mix if they can win consecutive Friday night away fixtures in Lanarkshire. Tonight’s match against Hamilton is followed up by a trip to Motherwell next week. (Daily Express)

‘Average’ Germany

Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has described Germany as ‘average’ and ‘offered nothing’ in their match against the Republic of Ireland. O’Dea feels that Group D is wide open. (The Scotsman)

News in brief

• Alan Stubbs has called on Hibs to adopt a siege mentality to combat the negativity surrounding the club. He doesn’t want the criticism to affect the atmosphere within the club, which he describes as a “vibrant” and “positive” place to work. (The Scotsman)

• Peterhead striker Andy Rodgers has been banned for two matches for his Twitter outburst where he labelled the people of Fife as “mutants”. The striker took to social media after Peterhead lost 3-0 to Dunfermline last month with the Highlanders having three players sent off during the first half. (The Scotsman)

• Players’ association chief Fraser Wishart has hit back at Kilmarnock for the Ayrshire club claiming their bonus row with the first team squad has been resolved. (The Sun)

• Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton is pleased that jeers have turned to cheers as he picked up the Premiership Player of the Month award for September. (The Sun)

• St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has backed new signings Brian Graham and James McFadden to replace the void left by Stevie May’s departure and the injury to Steven MacLean. (Daily Express)