Rumour Mill: Rangers accept offer for midfielder | Celtic-PSNI row | Aberdeen eye Kari Arnason

Rangers have accepted an offer for midfielder Matt Crooks, Celtic and the Police Service of Northern Ireland have become embroiled in a row, and Aberdeen are looking to bring midfielder Kari Arnason back to the club.

Rangers have accepted an offer for Matt Crooks, right. Picture: Michael Gillen
Rangers have accepted an offer for Matt Crooks, right. Picture: Michael Gillen

Rangers accept offer for midfielder

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Rangers have accepted an offer for out-of-favour midfielder Matt Crooks, according to the chairman of Scunthorpe. However, Peter Swann has revealed that the bid has not come from his club, stating the League One side had their offer rejected. He says Scunthorpe won’t get into a bidding war for the player who made three appearances for the Ibrox club last season. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic-PSNI row

Police have distanced themselves from the decision to stop Celtic fans buying tickets for tomorrow’s Champions League clash against Linfield in Belfast. The Police Service of Northern Ireland issued a statement which caused surprise at Celtic Park. Celtic wrote on their Twitter account: “We are extremely surprised by this statement and the timing of the release. “This is clearly not our understanding of the situation.” (The Scotsman)

Aberdeen eye Arnason

Aberdeen are looking to bring back midfielder Kari Arnason to the club. The Icelandic international, who also plays at centre-back, was a fan favourite during his one season with the Dons in 2011-12. He currently plays for Cypriot side Omonia. Meanwhile, Aberdeen have not given up hope of landing Motherwell striker Louis Moult despite having a bid for the player rejected. (The Times)

Ntcham ready to justify price tag

Olivier Ntcham is ready to embrace his status as Celtic’s most expensive player of the past decade as he looks to swap the toil of Serie A relegation battles for the thrill of Champions League football. The French midfielder yesterday completed his move to the Scottish champions from Manchester City, signing a four-year contract at his new club. (The Scotsman)

Moult hopes Motherwell keep their word

Louis Moult accepts Motherwell have been the making of him but he hopes they follow through on a promise to let him advance his career with a bigger club. Aberdeen want Moult to boost their attacking power but their initial bid of £350,000 falls considerably short of the valuation Motherwell place upon him. (The Scotsman)

Berra on change at Hearts

Hearts captain Christophe Berra insists the difference between the club he left and the one he rejoined could not be greater. The Gorgie side were beset by off-field problems under then owner Vladimir Romanov’s ruinous reign when the defender left Tynecastle for Wolves in a £2.5 million switch in January 2009. (The Scotsman)

- Ian Cathro has denied reports linking his side with a move for Norwich City goalkeeper Michael McGovern. (Daily Record)

United sign Briels

Dundee United have completed the signing of Jordie Briels on a one-year contract. The Dutchman earned the move to Tannadice after impressing in a trial period. The 25-year-old spent the last five years at second tier side Fortuna Sittard and is looking forward to getting United back to the top flight this term. (Daily Record)

Handling and Stanton told reality

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has told midfielders Danny Handling and Sam Stanton he can’t guarantee them first-team football at Easter Road. Once tipped for great things, the 23-year-olds have become peripheral figures at the Capital club, Handling having been blighted by injury for much of the past two seasons while Stanton has spent the past 18 months on loan at Livingston and then Dumbarton. (Evening News)