The Rumour Mill: Friday's football news and transfer gossip

In today's Rumour Mill: McFadden ready for return to SPL; Kayal wants better Celtic deal; Rangers plan Weir talks; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.

• McFadden is a Scotland favourite thanks to goals like this one against France

McFadden open to Celtic talks

Scotland star James McFadden is reportedly ready to discuss a summer move to Celtic. The Birmingham City striker supported the Glasgow club as a boy but has never given any encouragement to a transfer and always insisted he was happy in England. But with his wages set to be dramatically reduced as City adjust to life in the Championship, McFadden is now considering a return to the SPL. (The Sun)

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• Beram Kayal has warned Celtic to pay him what he is worth or risk losing him to a wealthy Premier League club. The in-demand Israeli midfielder, who is now valued at around 6million, maintained that he is happy at Celtic, but wants a deal to reflect his contribution. He said: "I like Celtic, I like the fans, I like the manager and I would be very happy to keep playing for the club. But they must treat me at the level I deserve." (Daily Record)

• Celtic face competition from Hull City in the race to secure the services of goalkeeper Fraser Forster for another season. The Tigers have targeted the Newcastle player after he impressed while on loan at Celtic last season. (Daily Express)

• Teenager James Keatings has vowed to secure first-team football at Celtic Park after signing a three-year contract. Keatings scored 25 goals for the Under-19 side last season before suffering a cruciate ligament injury in April. However, the 19-year-old had done enough to earn a professional contract and is determined to make the most of it when he recovers from injury. (The Scotsman)

Rangers plan Weir talks

Rangers are still hoping to tie-up captain David Weir for another year but assistant manager Kenny McDowall has admitted other candidates for centre-half have been targeted. McDowall has revealed that talks with the 41-year-old Weir are high on the agenda and will continue once the player has returned from holiday. (The Scotsman)

• Rangers last night rejected a fresh bid of 600,000 from Bursaspor for defender Steven Whittaker. (The Sun)

• Kyle Bartley has urged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to allow him to return to Rangers on loan - instead of remaining in the Gunners reserve team. (The Sun)

• David Healy still hasn't given up hope of landing a new deal at Rangers. The Northern Irish striker arrived in January in a loan switch from Sunderland. (Daily Express)

Hibs keep options open on assistant

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood remains on the look-out for a No 2, despite reports yesterday that youth coach Alistair Stevenson had been appointed as his assistant at Easter Road. (The Scotsman)

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• Hibernian and Crawley Town have made offers for Adam Rooney, who scored 20 goals for Inverness last season, while Birmingham are also keeping tabs on the Irish striker. (The Sun)

Gallacher rejoins Dunfermline as St Mirren land Smith

Former Scotland goalkeeper Paul Gallacher has completed his return to Clydesdale Bank Premier League newcomers Dunfermline. The 31-year-old has signed a two-year contract after rejecting a similar offer from St Mirren, to whom he moved from the Pars in 2009. St Mirren moved quickly to replace Gallacher by signing former Rangers goalkeeper Graeme Smith, who was released by St Johnstone at the end of the season. (The Scotsman)

Bryson seals three-year Derby deal

Derby County have completed the signing of Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Bryson for an undisclosed fee. Bryson, a Scotland international and captain of Kilmarnock last season, has signed a three-year contract and becomes Nigel Clough's fourth summer signing following goalkeeper Frank Fielding and strike pair Jamie Ward and Theo Robinson. (The Scotsman)

Pressley hopes to complete Dods signing

Falkirk are poised to make Darren Dods their first summer signing after the experienced defender underwent a medical yesterday. The centre-half, who was freed by Dundee United after his contract expired at the end of last season, held talks with Falkirk manager Steven Pressley and a deal is now understood to be close to completion. (The Scotsman)


• Gus MacPherson will end his 13-month hiatus from football management today by taking the reins at Queen of the South.

• Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith has opened transfer talks with a mystery Premier League club after Peterborough United accepted an undisclosed bid for him. (The Sun)

• St Johnstone have joined the race to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell. (Daily Express)

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