The Rumour Mill: Monday’s Scottish football news and gossip

Celtic manager Neil Lennon remonstrates with an unseen fan. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Neil Lennon remonstrates with an unseen fan. Picture: SNS
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon threatens to leave club, Spartak coach sacked and Kenny Miller a Hibs target.


Efe Ambrose says Celtic fans should get off Neil Lennon’s back after the Parkhead manager threatened to quit after recieving criticism from supporters following his side’s 0 - 1 loss to Inverness. (Sun)

• Celtic have made their worst start to a league campaign in 14 years having picked up just 25 points from 14 SPL games, they have however enjoyed a postive Champions League campaign the highlight if which being a 2 - 1 win over Barcelona at Parkhead.

Spartak coach sacked

Celtic’s opponents in the final game of the Champions League, Spartak Moscow, have sacked their manager following a 5 - 1 defeat to city rivals Dynamo.

Unai Emery had been given a vote of confidence following his side’s 3 - 0 defeat to Barcelona. (Scotsman)

Miller a Hibs target

Pat Fenlon is considering a move for Scotland international Kenny Miller if he fails to keep Leigh Griffiths beyond January.

The Hibs boss is considering a loan move for the Vancouver Whitecaps forward during the Canadian club’s close season which ends in March.

The Record reports that talks have taken place “behind the scenes”. (Record)

Celtic face £700K bill for Ghana ‘Messi’

The Parkhead club will have to pay at least £700,000 for 19 year-old Ghana international Frank Acheampong after a £625,000 offer from Borusia Moenchengladbach was rejected by Thai side Buriram, (Sun)

Elgin to be sanctioned for ticket over-sale

The SFL have warned that it will not stand for a repeat of the ticket over-sale which led to Rangers match against Elgin city being called off at the weekend.

The Highland side sold over 1000 tickets over their capacity for their match against Ally McCoist’s leading to the game being called off due to safety fears.

SFL chief executive David Longmuir has also said the league will clamp down on clubs increasing ticket prices for the visit of the Ibrox side after Queen’s Park increase the price of their tickets to £20 for Rangers’ visit. (Scotsman)

Talks to continue over Hearts takeover

Hearts directors and Supporters Direct Scotland are to resume talks next week with the fans organisation increasingly hopeful that the club will agree to community ownership. (Scotsman)

Mackay-Steven out for six weeks

Gary Mackay-Steven is set to be out until after Christmas after breaking his hand during Dundee United’s win over Ross County. (Express)