Rumour Mill: Michel Platini | Paddy McCourt | Paul Gascoigne

UEFA President Michel Platini. Picture: Reuters
UEFA President Michel Platini. Picture: Reuters
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UEFA president Michel Platini will attend Celtic’s match against Juventus, Celtic’s Paddy McCourt has been left out of the Champions League last 16 squad and Paul Gascoigne faces his “biggest battle” according to Ally McCoist.

Michel Platini to attend Celtic’s match against Juventus

UEFA president Michel Platini will attend the Parkhead side’s Champions League last 16 encounter against Juventus despite writing off Neil Lennon side’s chances of beating the Italians.

Platini has since apologised and will sit in the VIP area at Celtic Park. (Sun)

• Celtic winger Paddy McCourt has been dropped from the squad to face Juventus with McCourt’s camp reportedly baffled by the decision as the Irishman is fully fit

• STV announced last night that it has won the rights to broadcast Celtic’s last 16 Champions League match against Juventus

Rangers boss Ally McCoist says Paul Gascoigne faces “biggest battle”

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has admitted his former teammate Paul Gascoigne faces the “biggest battle of his career”.

The former England football international was back in the public eye this week as it was revealed his struggle with alcoholism had reached tipping point.

Gascoigne, 45, flew to the US and was admitted to a rehabilitation facility in a bid to overcome his demons, with his friends paying the bill for the rehabilitation. (Various)

• Paul Gascoigne was pictured on the front page of the Scottish Sun today having a pint after landing in the US where he is due to go into rehab

Scotland v Estonia build-up:

• Celtic skipper Scott Brown has been made captain for Scotland’s friendly match against Estonia tonight. New national side boss Gordon Strachan informed the midfielder that he was to lead the team by walking up to him in the lobby of the Aberdeen team hotel and saying “you’re captain” before walking away. (Scotsman)

• Gordon Strachan’s first match as Scotland manager looks unlikely to be a sell-out with 2,300 tickets out of 21,300 still remaining.

• Estonian defender Enar Jaager says he had a lucky escape when his move to Rangers collapsed last January as they now play in the bottom tier of Scottish football

• Scotland’s match against Estonia will be shown on Sky Sports 1 at 7.30pm with highlights on BBC 1 at 10.30pm

12-12-18 league reorganisation the only way forward says Neil Doncaster

Both the SPL and SFL backed the proposals for the new model last month and are expected to formally approve the proposals in March. The plans have been criticised for failing to capture the imagination of supporters however SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster says it is the only way the leagues can be reorganised that is financially viable. (Scotsman)

Alex McLeish departs Nottingham Forest

Former Scotland and Rangers manager Alex McLeish has parted company with Nottingham Forest after only seven months in charge.

It is understood relations between McLeish and the club’s Kuwaiti owners had become strained due to Forest’s poor run of form

and a failure to land new additions during the transfer window. (Scotsman)


• Kilmarnock striker Cillian Sheridan is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury

• Former Celtic striker Craig Beattie has gone on trial with Shrewsbury Town after being released from St Johnstone last month