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Rangers fear Mark Warburton departure to Fulham; Celtic eye Michael O’Halloran and Cardiff linked again with Anthony Stokes

Rangers wary over Fulham Warburton approach

Mark Warburton has been linked with Fulham. Picture: PA

Mark Warburton has been linked with Fulham. Picture: PA

The Ibrox side fear they may lose manager Mark Warburton to Fulham after it emerged the London club have shortlisted the Rangers manager for their vacant manager’s position. No official approach has been made however Warburton would be given a substantial pay increase and transfer budget if he was to make the switch. (Sun)

Celtic in running for O’Halloran

Celtic and Swansea City are interested in St Johnstone’s Michael O’Halloran following his recent good run of form for the Perth side. (Sun)

Rangers transfer budget “not affected” by Ashley loan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says the decision to repay Mike Ashley his £5m loan back will not impact on his January transfer window spending plans. (Record)

Cardiff consider move for Anthony Stokes

Cardiff are considering a move for Anthony Stokes as the Irish international continues to be frozen out of Celtic manager Ronny Deila’s plans.

The Welsh side had considered a move for the 28 year-old in January however they were put off by the club’s £1.5m price tag.

Celtic are understood to be willing to accept a reduced offer. (Record)

Stokes ‘has much to offer’ - Boyd

Tom Boyd is convinced Anthony Stokes, who has scored 76 goals in 191 appearances for Celtic, still has much to offer and has advised the Dubliner to emulate Leigh Griffiths, another forward whose career with the champions appeared to have hit the buffers not so long ago. (Scotsman)

Rangers liquidators confident of EBT appeal victory

Rangers’ oldco liquidators have asked for leave to appeal the long standing Ibrox ‘Big Tax Case’ – to the Supreme Court in London.

If leave to appeal is granted by the Court of Session in Edinburgh, the debate about the propriety of 15 honours won by Rangers between 2001 and 2011 will be shelved for at least another year. (Scotsman)

Years before competitive title race - Boyd

Former Celtic skipper Tom Boyd believes it will take Rangers two years before they are in a position to challenge for the Premiership title even if they manage to win promotion this season. (Scotsman)

Brighton sign Richie Towell

Brighton have agreed to sign midfielder Richie Towell from Irish side Dundalk.

The 24-year-old Dubliner has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract and will formally complete his move when the transfer window reopens in January.

Towell previously had a two-year spell at Celtic, during which he made one first-team appearance for the Bhoys and was twice loaned to Hibernian. (BBC)

Rangers ready for Celtic cup clash - Kiernan

Rangers defender Rob Kiernan would relish the prospect of being paired with Celtic in today’s Scottish Cup fourth round draw.

In their only previous meeting with Premiership opponents this season, Rangers lost 3-1 at home to St Johnstone in the third round of the League Cup in September.

But Kiernan insists the Championship leaders have improved since then and are prepared to face a top-flight side. (Scotsman)

Rangers urged to thrive under promotion pressure

Mark Warburton has urged his players to thrive on the pressure of delivering a promotion-winning season which Rangers chairman Dave King has declared is “non-negotiable”. (Scotsman)

Old Firm would struggle in Premiership - Hislop

Former Newcastle United and West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop suggested on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN on Friday evening that Celtic and Rangers may not fare well in the Barclays Premier League.

“I am the one who is in genuine debate as to how well Celtic and Rangers will do in the English Premier League,” said Hislop on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN on Friday evening. “That’s not even a discussion worth having, whether they would fare or avoid relegation.”

“Celtic and Rangers are the two biggest clubs of Scotland, but they will struggle in the Premier League.”

Dundee United need strong character - Mixu

Dundee United gaffer Mixu Paatelainen believes his team needs greater strength of character if they are to get out of the current crisis.

Defeat against Hamilton on Saturday saw the Tangerines drop seven off the pace at the foot of the Premiership. (Evening Telegraph)

Hartley pleased with Dundee’s progress

Dundee boss Paul Hartley reckons his side deserve some credit for their recent displays.

Although the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone on Friday night was the Dark Blues’ fifth share in six outings, manager Hartley was more than satisfied.

And he points to the fact Dundee’s most recent displays have come away from home against two of the league’s in-form teams. (Evening Telegraph)