Celtic have been linked with Ghanaian striker Richmond Boakye; Alex McLeish says it would be ‘hard to turn down’ the Scotland job and Bob Malcolm is now working as an ice cream man
Celtic among clubs tracking Boakye
Celtic are reportedly among clubs keeping tabs on Ghanaian striker Richmond Boakye.
The 24-year-old striker is currently with Red Star Belgrade but has had spells at Juventus, Genoa, Sassuolo, Elche, Atalanta, Roda JC and Latina in his short career.
He has netted 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Ghana national team and is reportedly being scouted by Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Swansea City. (Various)
McLeish ‘would find it hard to turn down Scotland’
Alex McLeish has already had one spell as Scotland boss but admits it would be hard to say no a second time.
“If you get the call from your country then it’s hard to turn that one down,” McLeish told BBC Radio 5 live.
“If they wanted to come and get you, they would make the call. I don’t like to go phoning around, saying: ‘Get me an interview.’” (BBC Scotland)
From Ibrox to ice cream
Former Rangers star Bob Malcolm is now selling ice cream in Glasgow, according to reports.
Malcolm, who had spells with Derby, Motherwell and Dundee, was pictured at the wheel of a Spider-Man branded ice cream van in Barlanark.
He is thought to be taking care of the business for a relative, with a source telling the Scottish Sun that Malcolm still receives good-natured jibes from Celtic fans. (Scottish Sun)
Musonda set for loan - could Celtic renew interest?
Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda looks likely to be sent on loan in January.
According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are keen to send Musonda out on loan following a controversial Instagram message from him earlier this week.
Musonda claimed he was working hard without getting the opportunities he felt he deserved, raising questions about his future at Stamford Bridge. His availability on loan could reignite Celtic’s interest. (Evening Standard)
Strachan backed by players
Scotland’s players have come out in support of Gordon Strachan following his removal as national team manager, with Charlie Mulgrew saying he was ‘perfect’ for the role.
Scott Brown posted on Instagram saying: “Sad sad sad day. We all had faith in Gordon and believed in making the Euros. 14 points out of 18 in 2017 momentum was on our side.”
Leigh Griffiths added: “Sad day, seeing the man who gave me my full Scotland debut leave. Not a better man for the job in my eyes and I’m sure if he had stayed, he’d have taken us to the Euros in 2020.” (Various)
McInnes refuses to answer Scotland question
Derek McInnes is fully focussed on success at Aberdeen but admits it remains an ambition to manage Scotland someday.
When asked about the job McInnes said: “It is not a question I am willing to answer. My focus is on Aberdeen. I think, like most, when you start out, playing for or managing your country would be very high on the agenda.”
Rodgers slams coaching methods
Brendan Rodgers has laid the blame for Scotland’s failure to maximise what he believes is huge potential firmly at the door of the standard of coaching being applied.
While there was no direct criticism of Gordon Strachan, Rodgers made it clear that he feels the problem lies with those charged with getting the best out of the players available to the international squad.
Windass earning Pedro’s trust
Josh Windass believes he has finally earned the trust of Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha as he bids to establish himself as a key performer for the Ibrox club.
Caixinha publicly criticised Windass’s defensive shortcomings during the 2-1 win over Motherwell. But Windass improved that aspect of his play and has started Rangers’ last four games and looks like an influential part of the squad.
Injury boost for Celtic ahead of Bayern clash
Celtic have been handed a major boost ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Bayern Munich, with Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Jozo Simunovic all set to return from injury.
All three are expected to miss Celtic’s Premiership fixture at home to Dundee tomorrow but manager Brendan Rodgers is confident they will be available for the clash against Bayern in the Allianz Arena next Wednesday night.