Rumour Mill: '˜Staggering disparity' between Old Firm budgets | Rangers target starts United trial | Ajer to go on loan

Mark Warburton believes there to be '˜staggering disparity' in budgets between Celtic and Rangers, Rangers target Matthew Knox has been invited by Manchester United for a third trial, and Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer is set to go on loan to an English Championship side in January.

Celtic and Rangers will meet in the league for the second time this season at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon. Picture: John Devlin

Budget disparity

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Mark Warburton insists second place and a return to European football would be a successful season for Rangers because of the ‘staggering disparity’ between Old Firm budgets.

Warburton reckons there is such a huge financial gulf that Rangers cannot compete with Celtic in that regard. However, the Ibrox boss wants to see improvement in his side so they can get closer to their rivals on the park. (Daily Mail)

Knox on Man United trial

Matthew Knox has been invited by Manchester United for a third trial with the English giants.

The young Livingston attacker has previously spent time training with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham and is a highly sought after young prospect.

Rangers are another club monitoring the 17-year-old’s progress and previously had a £75,000 offer rejected. (Daily Record)

Ajer to go on loan

Celtic kid Kristoffer Ajer is set to go on loan in January in order to gain experience of first-team football.

The 18-year-old has featured just once since joining in the summer, though he insists Brendan Rodgers has made it clear he remains part of the manager’s long-term plans.

Ajer reckons he’ll be sent on loan to a team in the English Championship. (Scottish Sun)