Rumour Mill: Deila feels like a '˜criminal' | Warburton slams plastic pitch use | Stubbs would have kept Feruz

CELTIC manager Ronny Deila has spoken of his anguish after his side lost a League Cup semi-final against Ross County.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has endured a difficult few weeks after his side slipped to two high-profile defeats. Picture: PA

Deila says Celtic cup exit made him feel like a criminal

A reflective Ronny Deila has admitted recent weeks have been tough for him following criticism of his side’s performances against Ross County and Aberdeen.

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“It’s as though the police are standing outside your door in the morning, waiting to take you in because you’ve done something criminal,” he said yesterday. (Scotsman)

Warburton unhappy with Alloa over Recreation Park pitch

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has extended his criticism of a rule book that allows Alloa to change the dimensions of their pitch midway through the season.

He called for a halt to the vogue for Scottish teams playing on artificial surfaces, particularly at Premiership level. (Daily Record)

Stubbs admits he would have kept Feruz at Easter Road

Alan Stubbs insists he would have been happy to keep under-fire Chelsea kid Islam Feruz at Hibs.

The striker had his Easter Road loan cut short by the Blues last month having played just six times for Stubbs’ men. (Scottish Sun)

Boyce hopes to win Euro 2016 slot with goals

Ross Country striker Ross Boyce has set himself a target of scoring 20 goals this season to prove his worth to Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill.

The Ulsterman recently signed a new contract with the Dingwall club and is now hoping to secure a place in the squad that will travel to France for the European Championships. (Daily Record)

Hearts striker says best is yet to come

Abiola Dauda says his fitness is improving rapidly as he prepares for two crucial games in four days with Hearts.

The Nigerian striker scored twice in a 30-minute cameo against Ross County on Wednesday and believes he is getting stronger by the day. (Evening News)

Dundee United have high hopes for new boy Eddie Ofere

Mixu Paatelainen is expecting Dundee United’s attack to hit the heights now that Eddie Ofere has arrived at Tannadice.

The 6ft 2” Nigeria international was snapped up by the Tangerines last weekend after being released by Turkish side Boluspor. (The Courier)