Rumour Mill: Van Dijk | Dundee | Gordon

Dundee manager Paul Hartley celebrates with the trophy Picture: SNS
Dundee manager Paul Hartley celebrates with the trophy Picture: SNS
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Johan Mjallby believes top English clubs will be chasing Virgil Van Dijk’s signature and that he is worth £8m, Paul Hartley says Dundee were lucky not to concede a second penalty which could have cost them promotion, Ally McCoist is keen to sign Craig Gordon, plus more football news in Sunday’s Rumour mill.

Mjallby says Van Dijk is worth £8m

Johan Mjallby says he isn’t surprised that Virgil Van Dijk is attracting interested from Europe’s top clubs and believes the Dutchman, signed from Groningen last summer, is more than capable of playing at the top level. The assistant manager also believes it will take big money for Celtic to sell their star defender, after an outstanding season, he said: “I definitely think Virgil is worth at least £8m. I would be surprised if he doesn’t play for a top team in the future.” (Mail)

Paul Hartley and Dundee made to sweat

Dundee boss Paul Hartley branded Morton amateurs after they lost 10-2 to Hamilton and almost cost Dundee the chance for promotion. The Dens side beat Dumbarton 2-1 but almost conceded a second penalty, that would have seen them lose out to Hamilton on goal difference in the bid for promotion. He said: “When do you see a game finishing 10-2 on the last day? You don’t even see that in amateur football. If you’re a professional football team you shouldn’t lose 10-2 but we did the business.” The Dundee boss also believes his team were lucky not to concede a second penalty, saying: “It looked like Dumbarton could have had another penalty but you get the decisions going your way at times to win a game. Overall we dominated the game.” (Various)

Craig Gordon target for Rangers

Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants Craig Gordon to go head to head with Cammy bell as his first choice keeper in the Championship next season. The former Scotland No 1 has been without a club for two seasons due to knee injuries, however the 33-year-old has been training with the Ibrox side and Ally McCoist believes he is ready to play regularly again. He said: “In an ideal situation I would like to offer him something - that would be great.” (Express)

Referee Brines robbed Aberdeen says McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes believes referee Iain Brines denied his team a penalty at Parkhead on Saturday and that could have cost them the chance to win. Johnny Hayes was upended inside the box by Efe Ambrose in the 65th minute when Celtic were 3-2 up, McInnes said: “The pivotal moment without a doubt is the incident with Johnny Hayes. It is a penalty and not only that Ambrose was last man. (Sun)

McGlynn worried he’ll lose star striker

Livingston manager John McGlynn is not sure whether his team will be able to hold onto goal hero Marc McNulty, the striker who set up the first and scored the second of Livingston’s two goals on Saturday is a target for several teams including Sheffield United. McGlynn said: “Marc’s had a great season and his display was magnificent. We will just have to wait and see if he’s in a Livingston shirt next season.”

Terry Butcher wanted to wring Thistle keeper’s neck

Terry Butcher felt like reaching for Paul Gallacher’s throat after the Partick Thistle goalkeeper’s performance held Hibs to a draw and kept them mired in a relegation playoff dogfight. Butcher said: “I want to wring Gallacher’s neck. He just makes wonderful saves against me all the time.” (Mail on Sunday)