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Celtic set to sell Anthony Stokes, Barry Douglas a target for Ronny Deila and McCall confident Rangers can beat Hibs.

Celtic to sell Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes could be headed for the Celtic exit. Picture: Robert Perry

Anthony Stokes could be headed for the Celtic exit. Picture: Robert Perry

Celtic will sell striker Anthony Stokes to fund the strengthening of their squad for the Champions League, it has emerged.

Stokes has fallen out of the picture at Parkhead and failed to feature in Friday’s 0 - 0 draw with St Johnstone.

Leeds United and US side MLS Colorado have expressed an interest in the Irish international. (Mail)

Celtic target Lech Poznan’s Barry Douglas

Lech Poznan have put a £500,000 price tag on Barry Douglas following interest from Celtic.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is keen to strengthen his side ahead of their Champions League qualifiers with Parkhead scouts tracking Douglas’s progress since he left Dundee United two years ago. (Record)

McCall says Rangers have bottle to beat Hibs

Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes his team would have surprised at least some of their doubters by squeezing through the Premiership play-off against Queen of the South after the Dumfries team had wiped out their advantage and spread anxiety through the Ibrox stands.

“I think we have proved a lot of people wrong,” McCall said after the 3-2 aggregate victory which set up Rangers for the next instalment, at home to Hibernian on Wednesday. “I think these folk will have been looking at us, down at half-time, and thinking ‘Oh, Rangers have bottled it again. They’re looking a bit flaky’.” (Scotsman)

• Hibs boss Alan Stubbs says Rangers deserved to beat Queen of the South and added that he is relishing the prospect of playing the Ibrox side over two legs in the play off semis

Charlie Mulgrew backed for Scotland place

Celtic captain Scott Brown says Charlie Mulgrew is ready for a place in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad which will face Ireland om Dublin next month.

Mulgrew played his first game in five months against St Johnstone on Friday having recovered from a hamstring injury. (Express)

Motherwell battle for Scott McDonald

Motherwell face the prospect of losing striker Scott McDonald for the two-legged play off against Rangers or Hibs after he was sent off against St Mirren.

McDonald is now banned for three matches following the 2 -1 loss with Motherwell launching an immediate appeal. (Record)

Mike Ashley’s Newcastle could be relegated

Newcastle could be relegated on Sunday following a run of nine defeats in ten games. They have to defeat West Ham to secure their safety or face being relegated for the second time in six years.

Former Newcastle chairman, Freddy Shepherd believed Mike Ashley, who has interests in Rangers, could be forced out if the Magpies go down this weekend. (Record)

SFA to examine to head butt footage

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan will today examine footage of the Firhill bust-up between Josh Magennis and Jamie Hamill.

Magennis head butted Kilmarnock team mate Jamie Hamill with manager Gary Locke attributing the incident to passions running high.

Kilmarnock secured top flight safety last weekend with victory over Partick Thistle while play off rivals Motherwell lost to St Mirren. (Sun)