Rumour Mill: Rangers given alcohol ban | Robbie Leitch signs for Burnley | Race to sign Khalid Aucho
Mark Warburton has imposed an alcohol ban on the Rangers squad; Burnley sign former Motherwell midfielder Robbie Leitch; Rangers face competition to sign Khalid Aucho
Mark Warburton imposed alcohol ban on Rangers
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has imposed a pre-season prohibition on alcohol on his players - before admitting he trusts them to stay teetotal.
The Rangers squad were given orders to stay tee total while in training in the US, facing a gruelling three training sessions a day.
They are also undertaking urine tests every morning to ensure they are in peak condition. (Daily Record)
Burnley sign Robbie Leitch
Burnley has signed a deal with former Motherwell midfielder Robbie Leitch.
The 18-year-old will join the English club on a two-year deal with the option of extending it by a year.
He said: “I’m delighted to sign here because it’s a club that is really going places and the fact they’re back in the Premier League is great.” (Lancashire Telegraph)
Rangers face competition for Khalid Aucho
Rangers target Khalid Aucho is reportedly in talks with a South African club.
The Ugandan international has been in Rangers’ sights for most of the summer but now faces competition from rival bidder, South African Premier Soccer League outfit Highlands Park. (HITC)
Dundee United call off Obadeyi deal
Dundee United are set to drop their pursuit of Kilmarnock forward Tope Obadeyi.
Bosses at the club had been holding talks with the 26-year-old.
Manager Ray McKinnon came close to penning a deal but has withdraw his offer of a contract. (Evening Telegraph)
PJ Crossan to join Celtic
Dunfermline youngster PJ Crossan is set to join Celtic after a development fee rumoured to be “130,000 plus add-ons were agreed between the clubs.
Making two first-team appearances last season, Crossan will now go into the Celtic development squad. (Various)
Brendan Rodgers distances himself from England job
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has become the latest figure to distance himself from the vacant England hotseat.
English football chiefs were forced to cross off another potential candidate to replace Roy Hodgson after Rodgers ruled himself out of the running.
Rodgers had been linked to the job before Hodgson took up the position in 2012. (City AM)
Joey Barton hails ‘soaring’ season ticket sales
New Ibrox signing Joey Barton said he is amazed at the scale of Rangers support.
Season ticket sales have reportedly ‘soared past’ 40,000 and are on course for breaking the club record of 43,000 set ten years ago.
Barton took to Twitter to praise the fans, tweeting: ‘WOW! Can’t wait! Not many clubs who have support like this one.’ (HITC)
Aaron Mooy clinches move to Manchester City
Former St Mirren midfielder Aaron Mooy has sealed a dream move to Manchester City after making a switch from sister club Melbourne City.
The 25-year-old Australia International spent two seasons at St Mirren from 2010-2012. (The Scotsman)
NEWS IN BRIEF:
• Craig Curran insists he has a clean bill of health to return to play for Ross County. (The Scottish Sun)
• Coach Andy Holden has left Hibs to team-up again with Alan Stubbs at Rotherham United manager. (Daily Express)
• Former Falkirk loan striker could be set to join Dunfermline. (The Scottish Sun)