Rumour Mill: Mohsni | Tonev | Commons injury

SFA postpone the Aleksandar Tonev-Shaleum Logan alleged racial abuse hearing, Kris Commons is suffering from a bizarre injury and Bilel Mohsni has written off Rangers’ Monday night opponents Hibs.

Rangers' Bilel Mohsni is put through his paces at training. Picture: SNS
Rangers' Bilel Mohsni is put through his paces at training. Picture: SNS

The SFA have postponed the investigatory hearing into alleged racist comments made by Celtic midfielder Aleksandar Tonev due to the Bulgarian midfielder’s international commitments. The original hearing was due to take place on October 9 and the football governing body are now in discussions with Celtic and Aberdeen to arrange a new date. (Sunday Post)

• Assistant manager John Collins has conceded that it will be up to the players to inspire the fans as they face their first Europa League group clash this Thursday. Unlike the sell-outs for every Champions League match, Celtic Park is only expected to be half full when Dinamo Zagreb come to town. However, Collins believes the fans will come back if the players begin to shine in the tournament. (Sunday Express)

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• Thursday’s match will become even tougher if last season’s top goalscorer Kris Commons cannot recover from the injury which kept him out Saturday’s 2-1 win over St Mirren. Unusually, the attacker is suffering from a pulled muscle in his buttocks, and Celtic are unsure of whether he can recover in time to face Zagreb. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has perhaps given Hibs some bulletin board material ahead of Monday’s clash after claiming that the Easter Road club are already out of the title race. The Tunisian believes that it is Hibs’ rivals Hearts which pose the most threat to Rangers’ title hopes, though he does expect a tough game when the two sides meet on Monday evening. (Sunday Mail)

• Despite playing in picturesque Monte Carlo, Hibs’ striker Dominique Malonga insists he’s delighted to be at Easter Road because the passion from the fans is much more intense. Monaco are one of the world’s richest clubs but average less than 10,000 in attendance. (Scotland on Sunday)

Hearts’ keeper Neil Alexander has called on his teammates to ride their strong home form throughout the 2014/15 season. Hearts have won all of their matches at Tynecastle so far this season and Alexander believes the 16,000 strong crowd gives them a huge advantage over any opponent. (Scotland on Sunday)

• Livingston manager John McGlynn has defended his time in charge of Sunday’s opponents Hearts by claiming that people were not aware just how dire things were behind the scenes at Tynecastle while he was at the helm. (Scotland on Sunday)

• Celtic keeper Craig Gordon insists he has no regrets for the celebration which rubbed Hearts fans the wrong way during the Glasgow club’s victory in the League Cup on Wednesday. The former Jambos stopper was visibly delighted when Osman Sow blazed his penalty over the bar, but Gordon insists that’s part of his winning desire while he’s on the field. (Scotland on Sunday)

News in brief

• Dundee United right-back Keith Watson has hinted at a desire to move down south after watching former teammate Andy Robertson star for Hull City. (Sunday Post)

• Former St Johnstone midfielder Nick McKoy, who played for the club briefly between August and December in 2008, faces a lifetime ban from football after being convicted of match-fixing in Australia. (Sunday Post)

• Allan Johnston has hailed the “terrifying” Alexei Eremenko after the midfielder turned in a star performance during Kilmarnock’s 3-0 win over Partick Thistle on Saturday. (Scotland on Sunday)

• Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has stated that he’s content to wait on the Scotland call-up which many onlookers feel is overdue. The former Falkirk star shone bright in Burnley’s Premier League promotion sealing season last term and has hit the ground running in England’s top flight. (Sunday Herald)