The Rumour Mill: Friday’s football news and gossip

Former Rangers player Jorg Albertz claims the title means more when there is a 'strong rival'
Former Rangers player Jorg Albertz claims the title means more when there is a 'strong rival'
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In today’s Rumour Mill: The latest in the Rangers takeover situation; Celtic chief backs 14-team SPL; Riordan on trial in Perth; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

• American group Club 9 may have manouevered themselves into poll position in the Rangers takeover process by outbidding their rivals in terms of the amount of cash they have promised to put into the pot for a potential CVA. It is understood that a team of four individuals are behind the bid and have received the backing of Club 9 Sports parent company Prometheus Capital Partners, who describe themselves as “turnaround specialists”. (Record)

• The bidding process for control of Rangers should take a step forward this afternoon when legal guidance on the binding nature of the club’s controversial season ticket deal with Ticketus is received. Lord Hodge is expected to deliver his findings at the Court of Session in Edinburgh at 2pm, having considered submissions from solicitors representing Rangers’ administrators Duff and Phelps as well as Ticketus. (Scotsman)

• If the judge rules that the Ticketus deal is watertight, that will see Brian Kennedy walk away from the deal.

• Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits the buck stops with him as the troubled club aim for a timely return to winning ways against rivals Celtic in this weekend’s Old Firm derby. (Scotsman)

• Former Rangers star Jorg Albertz claims the feeling the Celtic players will have if they win the SPL title at Ibrox on Sunday won’t be as satisfying as his championship triumph in 1999. (Record)

• The Rangers Supporters Trust is calling on the SPL to suspend its investigation until the club has emerged from administration. (Herald)

• Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says he would be prepared to back a move to 14 teams in the Scottish Premier League, after previously backing a reduction from 12 to ten teams. (Various)

• Inverness boss Terry Butcher has given his backing to a bid from SPL clubs to wrest money and influence from the two Old Firm clubs. (Record)

• Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has insisted that, far from having problems with players expressing dissatisfaction, given the position the club are in he would be more concerned if they were all happy in their work. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone have taken former Hibs, Celtic and Scotland striker Derek Riordan on trial. The 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving Chinese club Shaanxi Chan-Ba in November, having only joined them in July on a two-year deal. (Scotsman)


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