Hamburg linked with Celtic’s Stefan Johansen, Ronny Deila watching Genk’s Jelle Vossen and Stefan Scepovic should get second chance.
Hamburg linked with move for Stefan Johansen
Bundesliga side Hamburg are watching Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen having had the player scouted during Norway’s qualifier with Azerbaijan. Johansen has two years left on his current deal and it is expected that only a “significant” fee would force Celtic’s hand. (Mail)
Celtic target Vossen
Ronny Deila is considering a move for £2m rated Belgium striker Jelle Vossen to lead Celtic’s assault on the Champions League. The Genk forward made an impression while on loan at Middlesbrough last season with the Teeside club keen to secure a permanent move also. (Sun)
Cash a stumbling block for Celtic moves for Anya and Fletcher
Celtic are reported to have been put off by the £4m fee Watford are demanding for Scotland playmaker Ikechi Anya with the Parkhead club only looking to pay around £2m for the 27 year-old.
Long-term target Steven Fletcher also looks off limits due to the player’s wage demands. The Sunderland striker is on £60,000 a week with Celtic only likely to offer a maximum of £25,000. (Record)
Frank McAvennie urges Scepovic second chance
Frank McAvennie has advised Celtic manager Ronny Deila to look no further than his current squad for the striker capable of shooting his team into the group stage of the Champions League next season.
Celtic are scouring the continent for fresh frontline talent this summer, with Bosnian international Milan Djuric the latest to be strongly linked with the Scottish champions
But McAvennie believes Deila already possesses a player from the Balkans in the shape of Stefan Scepovic who can deliver the goods in next month’s crucial Champions League qualifying rounds. (Scotsman)
• Tosh McKinlay says Virgil van Dijk is “crazy” to consider leaving Celtic for the the Premiership and would be better off remaining at Parkhead to form a partnership with Dedryck Boyata
• Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is determined to fight for his place having returned from loan with Norwegian side Rosenberg
• Lukasz Zaluska has left Celtic after six years as reserve keeper at the club
Alex Rae urges Warburton to buy from England
Rae believes former Mark Brentford manager Warburton will now make full use of his contacts throughout the English game, with Birmingham City’s Rob Kiernan set to become his first signing. (Scotsman)
Ross County sign midfielder Stewart Murdoch
ROSS County boss Jim McIntyre has made his second signing in as many days after capturing Fleetwood midfielder Stewart Murdoch, the Scottish Premiership club have announced. (Scotsman)
• Cowdenbeath will honour their mining heritage next season by having the club crest altered to include a pit symbol
• Inverness have signed former England youth international midfielder Nat Wedderburn from Cowdenbeath