FORMER Rangers captain Lee McCulloch is being eyed up for a sideline role at Kilmarnock, Mark Warburton is looking for two potential signings from England and Celtic need to wary of their European opposition from Iceland according to Derek Rae.
Lee McCulloch is wanted as Gary Locke’s assistant at Kilmarnock
Former-Rangers captain Lee McCulloch is being eyed up by Gary Locke for an assistant’s role at Rugby Park.
The 37-year-old had been released from Rangers this summer with over 200 appearances to his name and had been working on his coaching badges for the past few years in preparation for his retirement from playing. (The Scottish Sun)
Spurs teenager Harry Winks is a Rangers target
The new man at Ibrox is reportedly in talks with Tottenham over the possible loan signing of 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks.
The highly-rated teenager has represented England at up to Under-19s level and made his debut for parent club Spurs as a late substitution in a Europa League fixture against FC Partizan. (The Daily Record)
Saidy Janko holds Celtic talks
Celtic have held talks with the Manchester United reserve right-back Saidy Janko as they seek to strengthen their defensive options for the new season.
The Parkhead side, who signed centre-back Dedryck Boyata from Manchester City for £1.5 million earlier this month, invited Swiss teenager Janko to Glasgow this week. (Scotsman)
Derby midfielder John Eustace is in Ibrox talks
The veteran journeyman was said to have arrived in Glasgow for talks this with Rangers, but has reportedly returned to Derby without signing a deal.
Warburton insisted that the club are still working hard to sign him, despite interest from Leeds United and Burnley.
35-year-old Eustace is no stranger to Scottish football, signing for Dundee United on loan from Coventry City at 19 - playing eleven matches and scoring against Hearts. (Scottish Daily Mail)
Danny Ward is set for season-long loan at Aberdeen
Liverpool are looking to get some first team experience for 22-year-old goalkeeper Danny Ward, with a loan spell at the Dons.
The Welshman has recently signed a new 5-year contract with the Merseyside club, but is yet to break into the first team picture for Brendan Rodgers.
Dons number one Jamie Langfield was benched halfway through last season, with Scott Brown being used as an intermittent replacement. (Liverpool Offside)
Celtic look to fill the void left by Jason Denayer with Dedryck Boyata
Manchester City were content to offload Boyata precisely because of Denayer’s return to the club after a season on loan at Parkhead. City patently rate the 19-year-old Belgian’s first-team prospects higher than a fellow countryman almost five years his senior.
Celtic, naturally, see the situation differently. Ronny Deila this week talked confidently of improving his team’s defending as a result of attracting his top transfer target. (Scotsman)
Derek Rae warns Celtic should be wary of Icelandic opposition
BT Sport’s Derek Rae writes that the Bhoys need to be on form against ‘surprise package’ Stjarnan - comparing their ‘unfashionable’ rise to that of Danish side Stromgodset.
The team who hail from the outskirts of Reykjavik rose to fame with their ‘viral’ goal celebrations, but they picked up their first ever championship in the Úrvalsdeild last season - although they are currently sitting sixth.
Rae believes that the fact that Stjarnan are already ‘up and running’ will make for a difficult task. (Glasgow Evening Times)
Juanma turned down English move for Hearts
Hearts new signing Juanma revealed he has placed on-field ambition ahead of financial reward by signing for the capital club.
Courted by Bristol City, the Spanish striker turned down their more lucrative offer, saying he believes the newly promoted Scottish Premier League side offers him a better springboard for success. (Scotsman)