Warburton believes there is more to come from Rangers, Madrid ask Odegaard for patience and Robbie Neilson says Scottish players are on the up. All in Saturday’s rumour mill
Mark Warburton backs Rangers to improve
The Rangers believes his team still have significant scope for improvement after they made it three wins out of three under his guidance last night.
“The result is obviously pleasing,” said Warburton. “We dominated possession but we need to recognise that we have to be more clinical. We had chance after chance in the second half but didn’t take them. (Scotsman)
Madrid ask Martin Odegaard to be patient
The Norwegian wunderkind had been linked with a loan move to Celtic in order to get some first-team playing time. However, Reak Madrid are now asking him to remain part of their Castilla side managed by club legend Zinedine Zidane and wait for his opportunity in the first team. (Bola)
Celtic have the odds in their favour with Malmo draw
Yesterday’s draw in Nyon paired Celtic with Swedish champions Malmö, an outcome greeted with cautious optimism by assistant manager John Collins.
“We have got to believe that we can win the tie and qualify,” said Collins. “From a travelling perspective, it’s not too far away and it’s a nice place to go. Our homework starts right away, looking at footage of them, but we will also be able to get them watched a couple of times before the first leg.” (Scotsman)
Robbie Neilson backs the value of young Scottish players
The Hearts manager believes that Scottish clubs are in a better position to fend off transfer advances from England, after Hearts rejected a bid from Ipswich Town for 19-year-old defender Jordan Mcghee.
“Look at Hibs, ourselves, Dundee United as well, they have set a precedent of what we expect from players. We can’t get our best talent cherry-picked for buttons. (Daily Record)
Gary Locke challenges Kilmarnock to bounce back from opening day
Killie suffered a nightmare start to the new season after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Dundee, but manager Gary Locke insists they are ready to prove the performance was a one off - with their next two fixtures being Celtic and Aberdeen:
“We have to improve. Our next two games are against the two best teams in the country, so it’s a great opportunity for us to go out and show people we’re a good side.” said Locke. (Evening Times)
Cardiff City to look to move on David Marshall
The Bluebirds manager Russell Slade is looking to move on Scottish international David Marshall for a cash injection. Scotland’s number 2 goalkeeper is being linked with move back to West Brom.
“To bring in a big player we would need to sell David” revealed Slade
“but he is a quality player and the price has to be right”(Scottish Sun)
Everton on hold for Jack Hendry
The young Partick Thistle defender was set for a visit to Merseyside for training, after catching the eye of a scout last season. However the Partick manager Alan Archibald has vetoed the trip to Goodison park, as Hendry has become central to his plans against Celtic.
“Jack was supposed to go down for a few days but couldn’t because he’s now part of our plans” (Daily Record)