The Rumour Mill: Tuesday’s football transfer news and gossip

Paul Gascoigne has offered to come to the aid of Rangers next season. Picture: PA
Paul Gascoigne has offered to come to the aid of Rangers next season. Picture: PA
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In today’s Rumour Mill: Gazza offers to play for Rangers as Charles Green tries to block transfers; Hibs take pair on trial; Former Everton player trains with Hearts; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

Rangers newco latest

• International clearance for the transfers of Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith has been put on hold as Rangers newco continue to dispute the players’ status. (Various)

• Morton chairman has written to every SFL club criticising the stance taken by SFA chief executive Stewart Regan and his SPL counterpart Neil Doncaster. He said Doncaster seemed to have “lost his way” and was “unable to get back on the right road”. (Herald)

• Lafferty made his debut for Swiss side Sion in a friendly without being granted international clearance. (Sun)

• Meanwhile, Portsmouth are weighing up a move for ex-Rangers midfieldfer Rhys McCabe. (Express)

• Former Rangers player Paul Gascoigne has claimed he will make himself available to Ally McCoist next season. The troubled star said: “If I can get my hip sorted I’ll make myself available for a few games in the Third Division if Coisty needs me. There is no better time to play for Rangers than now.” (Sun)

• Meanwhile, controversial former Dundee director Giovanni Di Stefano has written to administrators revealing he is interested in buying the old Rangers before the company is wound up. He claims his bid will be bankrolled by wealthy oil sheikhs and the club could play in England. (Sun)

• Cha Du-Ri, who is leaving Celtic for Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf, has said the standard of the SPL will be even poorer without Rangers. (Sun)

• Celtic boss Neil Lennon has urged fans not to allow “outside negative influences” affect the season ahead. (Various)

• Spartans director of football Andy Nixon believes his club are ready to fight for a place in the Third Division - at the expense of Rangers. (Mail)

• Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra could return to America and has claimed that Celtic will have won the SPL title by December. (Various)

Kerr and Maybury train with Hibs

Mark Kerr has joined Hibernian for pre-season training as he seeks a new club. The former Aberdeen and Dundee United midfielder spent the second half of last season with Dunfermline and has been offered a new deal by the Pars, but is keen to explore his options. Hearts defender Alan Maybury is also in training with the Easter Road outfit. (Scotsman)

McGlynn takes American on trial with Hearts

Hearts manager John McGlynn is understood to be running the rule over former Everton midfielder Anton Peterlin in training this week. The 25-year-old spent a year at Goodison Park without making a top-team appearance before enjoying a season at Plymouth Argyle. (Scotsman)

Brown helping out Jefferies at Dunfermline

Billy Brown is back beside long-term sidekick Jim Jefferies at Dunfermline, but only on a voluntary basis – unless the Pars are readmitted to the SPL. Brown, who was sacked by Hearts along with Jefferies last August, was told recently that his contract would not be renewed at Hibs after spending almost all of last season across the Edinburgh football divide. (Scotsman)

• And Jefferies claims that Dunfermline should be re-instated to the SPL as Club 12 because his side have ‘sporting integrity’ on their side. (Record)

IN BRIEF

• Welsh Football Association officials were last night forced to issue a crackdown on their own supporters’ club after being swamped with ticket applications from Scotland fans. (Scotsman)

• Former Celtic and Norwich midfielder Mark Fotheringham has been given a trial at Hoffenheim. (Record)

• St Johnstone have taken French striker Jonathan Tehoue on trial, as well as former Hibs midfielder Paddy Cregg and Reading striker Brett Williams. (Mail)