Rumour Mill: Rodgers in deadline day rush | Wise tips Gers for Old Firm tie | Sow deal hits difficulties

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign at least three new players before Friday's deadline; Chelsea legend Dennis Wise has tipped Rangers to win the first Old Firm clash of the season; and Osman Sow's return to Hearts hangs in the balance amid rumours that he encountered difficulties during a medical.

Brendan Rodgers wants three new players by deadline day

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants the club’s board to loosen the purse strings and allow him to sign three new players by next Friday.

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The Northern Irishman has been left feeling frustrated at the Parkhead club’s failure to replace outgoing midfielder Stuart Armstrong and winger Patrick Roberts, who have both departed.

Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen up at Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

Asked yesterday if Celtic still “needed three or four” new faces, Rodgers said: “Absolutely. There’s no change. I’ve been pretty clear, since the end of last season, what we need.”

The transfer window closes on August 31. (Various)

Celts expected to renew bid to capture Dons’ McKenna

Celtic are expected to launch a renwed bid to sign Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna, despite boss Brendan Rodgers saying they had moved on after their £3.5m bid was rejected.

The Scottish champions have been left frustrated after failing to capture at least two of their targets this summer.

Dons defender McKenna is said to fit the bill as one of the players they would like to make a revised bid for after they missed out on Hibs’ John McGinn. (Daily Record)

Rodgers reveals club missed out on two of his top three signings

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club missed out on two of his top three signings this summer.

Despite landing Odsonne Edouard for a club record transfer fee of £9m, the Celts have missed out on other opportunites to strengthen their squad.

“Well, the targets I wanted are gone,” said Rodgers on Friday, “Two of the three. The third one being Odsonne. He was one we wanted to make.” (Daily Mail)

Chelsea legend Dennis Wise tips Gers to topple Celtic

Legendary Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise has tipped Rangers to topple rivals Celtic in the first Old Firm game of the season.

The two Glasgow giants clash a week on Sunday with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers visiting Parkhead.

Speaking on Sky Sports The Debate, Wise said: “I can see Rangers getting a result and I would love them to get a result.

“I would love them to get a result because it really puts a lot of pressure on Celtic then, and I would really would love to see Rangers open a gap and see what happens.” (The Scottish Sun)

Hibs’ Agyepong was sold on move to Easter Road by Man City winger Barker

Thomas Agyepong has revealed how he was sold on a move to Hibs after being given the thumbs up by former team-mate Brandon Barker.

Manchester City winger Barker spent last season on loan at Easter Road and after being offered the chance to follow in his footsteps by the English champions, Agyepong turned to him for the lowdown on the Capital club. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Sow move to Hearts is hanging in the balance

Osman Sow’s return to Hearts is hanging in the balance with Tynecastle officials now considering other potential signings to reinforce their attack.

The Swedish forward visited Tynecastle Park on Thursday to discuss a loan move from MK Dons but the deal hit difficulties after a medical examination. (Edinburgh Evening News)