Rangers linked with ex-Feyenoord youngster; Celtic missing key players ahead of Ajax showdown and Mike Ashley vows to take more court action against Rangers
Rangers linked with ex-Feyenoord starlet
RANGERS have been linked with former Feyenoord youngster Tarik Fagrach, after the 17-year-old striker, who can also play out wide, was kicked out by the Dutch club for poor behaviour.
The Moroccan Under-20 was banished from the Feyenoord academy after a bust-up with coach Han Gosgens.
Fagrach had scored 39 goals in 54 matches, including nine this season, but his potency in front of goal counted for nothing as the club released him.
And now the Gers are believed to have offered him a three-year deal. (fr12.nl)
Allan and Stokes set for Hoops start
FORGOTTEN man Anthony Stokes and midfielder Scott Allan could be called upon by Ronny Deila tonight as the Celtic boss looks to combat a midfield crisis.
Midfielder Scott Brown has been ruled out for three months while the talismanic Kris Commons is out, while Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen are suspended.
Celtic face Ajax at Parkhead tonight, kick off at 8.05pm live on BT Sport 2. (Various)
Mike Ashley accuses Rangers board of misleading fans
RANGERS shareholder Mike Ashley has accused the Rangers board of misleading fans on a number of key issues.
The Newcastle United owner has vowed to take more court action to prevent his shareholding being diluted by a further share issue.
Ashley says the SFA are not trying to drive him out of Ibrox ahead of the club’s AGM. (Daily Mail)
Absence of Rangers hurting Celtic, claims de Boer
AJAX head coach Frank de Boer believes Celtic have joined his club in struggling to live up to former European glories because of a decline in domestic standards.
De Boer, who spent six months in Scottish football with Rangers in 2004, feels the absence of the traditional rivalry provided by the Ibrox side has been the most significant factor in Celtic’s diminished continental status in recent years. (The Scotsman)
Motherwell fans urged to back fan ownership
KEITH Lasley has urged Motherwell supporters to secure the club’s future before a crisis kicks in.
The 36-year-old is a fully paid up member of the Well Society, the fans’ group which aspires to gain a controlling shareholding at Fir Park by 2020.
With a stated target of 2,000 pledging supporters, the group currently have 1,200 adult and 400 junior members, with majority shareholder Les Hutchison recently stating that initial enthusiasm had “waned”. (The Scotsman)
Deila backs US friendly
CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has thrown his weight behind the idea of Celtic playing in the United States.
While the Hoops boss is this week preparing for the crunch Europa League clash with Ajax at Celtic Park on Thursday night - where defeat ends hopes of qualifying out of Group A - Dundee confirmed they are in discussions with the Parkhead club about the possibility of playing a Scottish Premiership fixture across the pond. (Daily Mail)
McNamara slams players after 6-0 drubbing
EX-Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has blasted his York City players after they lost 6-0 in the club’s fifth consecutive defeat since his arrival.
McNamara hit a new low when York were thrashed at Portsmouth on Tuesday - conceding all six goals after Jonathan Greening was sent-off on the stroke of half-time. (Daily Record)
Lopez hit with fine for spitting incident
INVERNESS striker Dani Lopez has offered a sincere apology after he was hit with a “substantial” fine by club management for spitting at an opponent.
The 30-year-old Spanish striker was alleged to have spat at St Johnstone’s Neil Martyniuk during an under-20s match last week. (Eurosport)