Rumours swirl that Rangers have ended their kit deal with Puma; Neil Lennon hits out at Ronny Deila over his treatment of Celtic players; Hearts striker Juanma in Belgium for talks, and Celtic fans ‘didn’t break law’ with Palestine flags
Rangers to end Puma kit deal?
Speculation is rife that Rangers have ended their controversial kit deal with Puma after the sportswear firm’s branding was removed from the club’s website.
Talk intensified further when the first-team squad were pictured without their Puma training tops as they prepare for Saturday’s match with Motherwell.
Rangers were unhappy when Puma launched this season’s kit despite protests from the club to halt sales.
Lennon slams Deila for stalling players’ careers
NEIL Lennon yesterday appeared to criticise Ronny Deila for having an adverse affect on the careers of some Celtic players.
Hibs head coach Lennon praised Brendan Rodgers for bringing out the best in Scott Brown and James Forrest among others, and added: “For a long time they were getting a lot of criticism from Celtic supporters which I don’t think was down to the players. Whose fault was it? I don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to work it out.” (Daily Record)
Hearts striker Juanma to hold talks with Belgian side
FROZEN-out Hearts striker Juanma is travelling to Belgium to hold talks with an unidentified club.
The Spaniard was linked with Dundee earlier this week, although the rumours were later quashed by the Dens Park side. (BBC Sport Scotland)
Wigan keen on Paterson
WIGAN are preparing a second bid for Hearts defender Callum Paterson.
The Latics, managed by former Hibs and Celtic defender Gary Caldwell, are keen on taking the 21-year-old right back to England but saw an initial bid knocked back.
But Wigan are expected to return with a new bid despite Hearts remaining hopeful of hanging onto Paterson beyond the end of the transfer window. (Evening News)
Celtic fans’ Palestine flags ‘not criminal’
CELTIC fans won’t face action for waving Palestinian flags during the 5-2 win over Hapoel Beer-Sheva - because cops say the supporters did not break the law.
Police Scotland did warn fans prior to the match that action would be taken if they considered there to be criminality - but the club could still face a hefty fine from UEFA for breaching stringent rules regarding political demonstrations. (Scottish Sun)
Foster joins St Johnstone
Richard Foster has joined St Johnstone having been allowed to leave Ross County.
The full back joined the Dingwall club last summer and largely impressed over his 14 months in the Highlands. (Various)
Pawlett urged to seize Dons chance
ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes has urged Peter Pawlett to seize his chance to re-establish himself in the Dons starting XI.
With Jonny Hayes facing a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Pawlett - who was the subject of interest from Hibs earlier this summer - has an opportunity to impress. (Press & Journal)
Kilmarnock sign right back
Kilmarnock have signed Burnley defender Luke Hendrie on loan until January, the Rugby Park outfit have announced.
The 21-year-old former England youth international will go straight in to Killie boss Lee Clark’s squad for Saturday’s trip to Ross County. (Various)
Saints fans blast ticketing freeze
ST JOHNSTONE fans face missing out on their club’s match against Celtic - because no more tickets will be sold.
The Celtic allocation has been sold out, but an agreement between club and cops means no other briefs can be sold for the ground.
It is believed the move was introduced in a bid to stop Celtic fans from obtaining seats in the home end but Saints fans have branded the decision ‘very poor’. (Daily Record)
Accies set to bring in duo
HAMILTON are set to complete deals for former Partick Thistle defender Dan Seaborne and ex-Falkirk hitman Rakish Bingham.
Seaborne reportedly signed for Mohun Bagan in India earlier this summer but appears keen on a return to Scotland, with Hamilton in line to offer him an escape route.
And former Bairns striker Bingham, who has had spells at Wigan and Hartlepool, is set to join the former Jags stopper at New Douglas Park. (Various)
ICT need for defender could scupper El Alagui move
INJURY to Kevin McNaughton has left Inverness Caledonian Thistle needing emergency defensive cover - and they could miss out on former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui.
McNaughton is expected to be out for the season and Richie Foran is searching for a new defender as a priority.
However, the need to replace McNaughton could see any deal for the French-Moroccan hitman scuppered. (Press & Journal)
Lennon keen on two more
HIBS head coach Neil Lennon has revealed he’s looking to make two further signings after midfielder Andrew Shinnie became this summer’s fourth new arrival at Easter Road.
Shinnie, who agreed a season-long loan deal from English Championship side Birmingham City, will go straight into Lennon’s squad for tomorrow’s match against St Mirren in Paisley, but Ofir Marciano will again be missing.
Lennon said: “I didn’t think there was a lot wrong with the squad anyway. We are just looking at maybe two more positions. As a manager, you are always looking for more. But there is a thing called a budget I have to work within.” (Evening News)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Mark McGhee analysed data from his players after their 2-1 loss to St Johnstone and found they had run 1.5km less than expected - so he made them do 10 x 200m runs in training to ‘show what was missing’ from their game
• St Johnstone ace Danny Swanson is training to become a tiler to help his chances of gaining entry to Australia in the future
• Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has told fans he had to sell Harry Souttar to bring in cash to strengthen the first team squad