MIDFIELDER Stefan Johansen to leave Celtic Park; Martyn Waghorn says Rangers will win 2017 Premiership crown; Mark Warburton slams ‘inappropriate’ criticism of Ronny Deila; plus more news and gossip in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Stefan Johansen set to leave Celtic
Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is reportedly set to follow countryman Ronny Deila to the exit this summer.
Johansen has 12 months left on his contract but long-running talks to extend it have failed to result in an agreement.
He is already being linked with clibs in the German Bundesliga. (Daily Mail)
Martyn Waghorn: Rangers will win Premiership title next year
Striker Martyn Waghorn insists Rangers have what it takes to be crowned Premiership champions in their first season back in the top flight.
He pointed to Rangers’ win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final as proof that the side will be serious challengers.
He said: ‘Last week showed we’re not that far away... I’m hopeful we can kick on.’ (Various)
Warburton slams criticism of Ronny Deila
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has slammed ‘inappropriate’ criticism of Celtic counterpart, Ronny Deila.
Deila confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Warburton, who has only met Deila once, said: ‘I don’t think anyone deserves some of the criticism he received from certain individuals. That’s inappropriate.’ (Insidefutbol.com)
West Brom eye move for James Forrest
West Brom could be weighing up move for Celtic’s James Forrest in the summer transfer window.
The English side has begun building a shopping list for the 2016-17 season after maintaining their place in the top-flight.
Forrest joins teammate Charlie Mulgrew being courted by Baggies boss Tony Pulis. (Daily Record)
Aberdeen in fight for second place
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted his side are not in a fight for second place after hopes of clinching the Premiership title evaporated with their loss to St Johnstone.
Celtic could go 11 points clear if they beat Ross County on Sunday.
McInnes admitted Hearts now have the opportunity to close the gap with the Dons to five points, saying: ‘At the moment we just need to make sure we win enough points to guarantee second spot - and there is work to be done there.’ (Daily Mail)
New health regime to fire Hibs to success
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is hoping a new health regime at Easter Road will fire his side on to success.
Stubbs has deployed the new super juices - specially prepared drinks to aid recovery - in a bid to keep his players fresh as they chase promotion to the top flight. (Scottish Sun)
NEWS IN BRIEF:
• On-loan Motherwell goalkeeper has confirmed he will return to Middlesbrough this summer. (Scottish Sun)
• Under-fire goalkeeper Mark Oxley has the full backing of the Hibs squad, says teammate Darren McGregor. (Edinburgh Evening News)
• Kilmarnock posted a £725,000 loss for the year up until May 2015 amid a decline in ticket sales. (The Scotsman)
• Caley Thistle manager John Hughes says securing midfielder Greg Tansey on a long-term contract is his top priority. (Press and Journal)