Rumour Mill: Jon Daly | Van Der Gaag | Ronny Deila

Ally McCoist gets backing from Rangers star Jon Daly. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Ally McCoist gets backing from Rangers star Jon Daly. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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JON Daly has come out in support of his embattled Rangers manager; Mitchell Van Der Gaag emerges as shock front-runner for Motherwell hotseat; Celtic’s Ronny Deila is looking to Scandinavia for new crop of Celtic stars

Daly’s respect for McCoist - as both man and coach

While Ally McCoist’s future as Rangers manager remains in the balance, striker Jon Daly has come out to support embattled McCoist in no uncertain terms. He said he respects him following his compassionate leave from the club following the death of the players father, which say McCoist also travelling to Dublin to attend the funeral. (Scotland on Sunday)

•Lewis Macleod’s agent has suggested that clubs are plotting a £2 million bid for the Rangers star next month despite a hamstring injury picked up during the mid-week defeat to Alloa leaving him. It is understood he likely won’t be match fit until around the time the January transfer window opens. (Sunday Mail)

Van Der Gaag impresses at Motherwell manager interview

Mitchell Van Der Gaag emerged as a shock frontrunner for the top post at Motherwell on Saturday night having been interview for the job earlier this week. It is understood the Dutchman impressed the board during a three-hour interview on Friday. Terry Butcher, Maaskant, Kenny Shiels and caretaker gaffer Kenny Black are also understood to be the frame with a sixth unknown name to be interviewed on Monday. (Sun on Sunday)

•An appointment from the six-man shortlist for the new boss at Motherwell is expected to be decided before their home tie against Ross County on Saturday. (Sunday Mail)

Deila looking to Scandinavia for recruits

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said he is preparing to target more Scandinavian players to join the Glasgow side as they apparently settle more quickly than players from other countries. During his tenure so far, he has already signed fellow Norwegian Jo Inge Berget and Swedish striker John Guidetti on loan.

He said: “I have very good contacts in Norway, of course! I have good contacts in Sweden and Denmark too. It is a market that could be interesting.” (Sunday Mail)

Scepovic keen to prove himself at Celtic

As the only player bought by a Scottish club over the summer, Celtic’s Stefan Scepovic is keen to live up to the £2.3 million price tag despite a disappointing start to his first season with the Hoops.

Manager Ronny Deila has insisted that Scepovic will not be allowed to go on loan when the transfer window opens in January.

Scepovic said: “I hope that I will get more chance. I need to continue to train hard and, when I get a chance, to prove myself.” (Scotland on Sunday)

•Liam Henderson is bracing himself for a loan move from Celtic in a move by Deila to farm out his young stars. The 18-year-old impressed in his first eight appearances this season but has fallen down the pecking order having not featured since 23 August. (Sunday Express)

•Former Celtic star Mo Bangura has expressed fears for his family back in Sierre Leone. He has stated that his entire family could die from the deadly Ebola virus. (Sunday Express)

Alex Neil failed to turn up to the post-match debrief

Hamilton boss Alex Neil was apparently too angry at referee Brian Colvin to appear at the post-match debrief at Pittodie after his side were crushed 3-0 by the Dons. He instead sent assistant Frankie McAvoy instead to avoid further trouble.

The manager was boooked for a touchline altercation with Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes. Accies midfielder Jon Routledge was also red-carded following a confrontation with Ryan Jack and Jonny Hayes. (Sun on Sunday)