SCOTT ALLAN secures four-year move to Celtic; Rangers manager Mark Warburton responds to Allan bid failure; Henrik Larsson reveals why he turned down chance to manage Celtic; plus all the rest of today’s football news and gossip
Scott Allan signs for Celtic on four-year deal
The summer transfer saga of Scott Allan finally reached a conclusion last night when Celtic announced the signing of the midfielder from Hibernian on a four-year deal.
“I am absolutely delighted to sign for Celtic, such a fantastic club,” Allan told the Celtic website. “It is such an honour to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started and play my part in bringing success to Celtic and our supporters.” (Scotsman)
Celtic chase Dinamo Zagreb defender after Allan capture
Celtic are monitoring Croatian defender Joso Simunovic as they plan ahead for the possible departure of Virgil van Dijk. Dinamo Zagreb have tied a £4 million asking price to the Croatian U20 international, who appeared against Celtic for Zagreb in last season’s Europa League.
Celtic are more likely to move for the 21-year-old once a deal is secured for the sale of Van Dijk, with Southampton in pole position to acquire the £10m-rated defender.
Van Dijk will still play in Celtic’s two Champions League qualifiers against Malmo before departing, if Ronny Deila has his way. (Daily Mail)
Warburton ‘not disappointed’ at Allan failure
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has denied any level of disappointment at missing out on transfer target Scott Allan to Celtic and insists he is “more than happy” with the backing he has received from the Ibrox club’s board in building his squad.
Hibs rejected three offers from Rangers for Allan, the most recent a bid of £275,000 with a sell-on clause.
“No, I’m not disappointed,” claimed Warburton. “I only want players who want to be Rangers players – simple as that. It is a very simple situation for us.” (Scotsman)
I couldn’t accept Celtic job, says Henrik Larsson
Henrik Larsson has said he has no regrets over knocking back Celtic as they searched for a new manager after the departure of Neil Lennon. The Celtic legend, who now manages Helsinborgs, was adamant that the timing was not right, and that the move wouldn’t have been right for him or his family.
Also citing an agreement made prior to talk with Peter Lawwell, Larsson said: “I still feel I wasn’t ready for it. The circumstances weren’t the right ones. Was I tempted? Of course I was tempted, but at the same time I had signed a one-year deal to manage Falkenbergs and it wasn’t the time to leave them.” (Scottish Sun)
Astroturf pitches damaging Scots game, says Warburton
SCOTTISH football is damaging its image as a result of the proliferation of synthetic playing surfaces in the senior game, according to Rangers manager Mark Warburton.
“It is another debate for another day but I am surprised by the number of artificial pitches up here,” said Warburton.
“There are no excuses for our players. We know it’s there and we have to go and deal with it. That’s not an issue at all and there is no negativity in that respect.” (Scotsman)
Robbie Neilson: Callum Paterson good enough for England
Robbie Neilson has lavished praise on Callum Paterson, insisting the powerful full-back is already good enough to thrive in the daunting proving ground of English football.
The Hearts head coach believes the 20-year-old has been one of his side’s standout performers during the club’s eye-catching 100 per cent start to the Premiership campaign.
“You can see from his performances already this season that he’s definitely improving. He’s one of the players who could go down to England today and play, because he has physicality, pace and the footballing ability to go with it.” (Scotsman)