In today’s Scotsman Rumour Mill: AC Milan are ready to swoop for Fraser Forster; Ally McCoist still hurting over Jelavic; Dave King’s “very positive” talks with Rangers; Europe “fears Lennnon’s Celtic”.
AC Milan look to move for Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster has been linked to a move to AC Milan. The Italian club are reportedly looking to sign a new keeper in January and the Celtic man is high on their list.
Forster produced a fine performance in the Celtic goal last month when the Scottish champions visited the San Siro to play AC Milan, and that display seems to have caught the eye of the Italian giants with an £8 million move being rumoured. (Sunday Post)
Jelavic sale ‘daylight robbery’
Rangers manager Ally McCoist is still hurt by the way the Croatian striker left the club, he said: “Nikica gave us a couple of great years, although I was a bit disappointed in the manner he left the club.”
Nikica Jelevic left Ibrox for Everton in a £4m deal in 2012. McCoist went on to say he was aggrieved at the money they recouped when Jelavic went to Everton. McCoist added, “Steven Fletcher, who’s another centre forward I admire, went for something like £13 million within weeks of Jelavic going.
“I really like Steven. He’s a good centre forward, probably a certain starter for Scotland this week if he was fit.
“Darren Bent, who I like as well, went for £19 million. But you can’t tell me there’s £12m or £14m difference between Jelavic and these boys. Not in a million years.” (Various)
King on board for Rangers role
Dave King announced last night he is ready to become chairman of Rangers after holding “very positive” talks with senior club officials in South Africa.
King invested heavily in Rangers during Sir David Murray’s stewardship and is reported to have lost £20 million when the club went into administration in 2012.
Having settled a long-running tax dispute with South African authorities, the Glasgow-born tycoon is free to invest in the newco Rangers.
And King confirmed last night that he is planning for the funding of the club already, to keep Rangers on course to rise back to the top of the Scottish game. (Various)
European teams fear Lennon’s Celtic
Celtic legend Billy McNeil believed Neil Lennon has built a team feared around Europe. McNeil says Lennon has built on Celtic’s performances in Europe and thinks they can still qualify for the later stages of the competition.
“Celtic must now be considered one of the bigger clubs. The continental teams now respect what’s coming out of Celtic and they’re worried about playing them,” said McNeill. (Sunday Mail)
My son will play for Scotland, says Nacho Novo
After helping Morton gain a point in a 1-1 draw against Hamilton yesterday Nacho Novo said he feels 85-years-old.
Novo hit the bar in the game, and said afterwards: “I was really surprised I lasted the 90 minutes. I’m 34 but right now I feel 85-years-old!”
The Spaniard has also spoken of his desire to play for Scotland at the height of his Rangers career, “Scotland had become my home,” he said “It was somewhere I loved from the start.
“So when it was suggested I might play for the country I was flattered.” The former Rangers striker added, “I thought about it, and decided: why not?”
Novo never played for Scotland in the end, “I have a wee boy, Javier, who was born here,” said Novo. “He WILL play for Scotland”.
Scotland v Croatia build-up
Motherwell defender Steve Hammell has been added to the Scotland squad after Gordon Strachan revealed Lee Wallace is struggling with a knee injury ahead of Tuesday night’s match against Croatia.
The Rangers full-back had been fancied to start the final World Cup qualifier, but a pre-existing problem flared up in training. (Various)
Stimac out for revenge
Croatia coach Igor Stimac has insisted their trip to Glasgow this week won’t be a meaningless encounter because he wants revenge for their defeat to Gordon Strachan’s side in Zagreb in June.
He said: “We are better than the Scots and we need to show this.
“We have a few days to refresh the team and talk about the future.
“We need to respond to our defeat to Scotland in the Maksimir and we will be taking this match seriously.” (Scotsman)
2020 vision for Ogilvie as Hampden gains ground for Euros
Hampden is on the brink of being named as a venue for the 2020 Euros. There were fears that Hampden would be ruled out from holding three group games and either a last 16 or quarter-final match because of a lack of corporate hospitality facilities. However, SFA president Campbell Ogilvie has revealed that UEFA has set aside that criterion and will still consider Hampden, which hosted the 2002 Champions League final and the 2007 UEFA Cup final. (Scotsman)