Pawlett in line for Hibs switch
PETER Pawlett could be allowed to join Hibs on loan, according to reports.
The 25-year-old winger, who played for Aberdeen against Fola Esch last week, broke his arm in March, limiting him to just 18 first team appearances for the Dons last season.
But he could be set for a loan switch to Easter Road as Neil Lennon targets promotion to the Premiership. (Scottish Sun)
Swansea set to beat Hoops to Duffy
CELTIC could miss out on Shane Duffy, with Swansea the favourites to sign the Irish defender.
Duffy, who played for Ireland during the Euro 2016 tournament, was linked with a move to Glasgow last month but Swansea have been named as frontrunners in the race to snap up the former Everton stopper.
Crystal Palace have also been loosely linked with the 24-year-old. (Various)
Isaiah Brown hints at Rangers move
CHELSEA youngster Isaiah Brown has been linked with a move to Rangers after activity on his Twitter account.
The 19-year-old forward has ‘liked’ tweets from Rangers fans, giving rise to speculation that he could be heading north.
Brown, who spent time with Leicester and West Brown before joining Chelsea in 2013, spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands. (Various)
QPR eye Motherwell ace
QPR have been linked with a move for Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson.
The 25-year-old wideman, who joined the Steelmen from Kidderminster Harriers, is under contract at Fir Park until the summer of 2018.
He scored in Motherwell’s 4-1 defeat at Hibs yesterday before being taken off with an injury. (Daily Mail)
Celtic blow as Bailly suffers suspected broken ankle
CELTIC have been dealt a blow after back-up ‘keeper Logan Bailly suffered a suspected broken ankle, ruling him out of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Lincoln Red Imps.
The Belgian goalie, who didn’t feature in Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Maribor, will likely be replaced by third-choice ‘keeper Leo Fasan. (Daily Mail)
Johansen out for 3 weeks as Galatasaray talks go on
STEFAN Johansen has been ruled out for three weeks, amid reports a fee has been agreed with Turkish giants Galatasaray for the Norwegian midfielder.
The 25-year-old limped off during Celtic’s goalless draw against Maribor in Slovenia and has been ruled out for the best part of a month.
But reports in Turkey suggest Celtic and Galatasaray have agreed a deal that could see Johansen move to Istanbul for just over £2 million. (Various)
Gers ‘chose Barton over McDonald’
A RANGERS move for Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald reportedly collapsed after the Ibrox side chose to sign Joey Barton instead.
The Gers were one of a number of clubs linked with the former Dundee and Burnley ace after he fell out of favour at Molineux.
But Mark Warburton’s pursuit of Barton appeared to put the brakes on a move for McDonald, who looks set to exit Wolves this summer. (Daily Mirror)
Efe keen to fight for place
EFE Ambrose has been linked with moves to Fenerbahce and Bayer Leverkusen - but the Nigerian defender wants to stay at Celtic.
Ambrose had looked set to leave Celtic after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, with the new boss actively seeking defensive reinforcements, but injuries to Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic could hand Ambrose a chance to impress.
And the Nigerian international has vowed to ‘do everything’ to fight for his place under Rodgers. (Various)
Spaniards baulk at Bitton price tag
ESPANYOL have dropped their interest in Nir Bitton, after being warded off by Celtic’s asking price.
Celtic slapped a £10 million price tag on the Israeli midfielder, following reports that the Spanish outfit were preparing a £6 million bid for the former Ashdod man.
It is believed that the wages offered were also below Bitton’s expectations, and the 24-year-old looks set to remain at Celtic for the time being. (Various)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Gavin Reilly is determined to make his mark at Hearts despite being sent on loan to Dunfermline for the upcoming season
• Hibs No 2 Garry Parker has said Hibs will ‘have a go’ at Europa League opponents Brondby on Thursday after the Easter Road side put four past Motherwell in a pre-season friendly
• Willo Flood is set to miss Aberdeen’s Europa League clash against Ventspils with a back issue