Rumour Mill: Fans helped pay off Ashley | ‘Hibs no match for us’ - Waghorn | Deila plays down McGeady talk

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates after as his side defeated rivals Hibernian 4-2 on Monday. Picture: SNS
Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates after as his side defeated rivals Hibernian 4-2 on Monday. Picture: SNS
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RANGERS reveal that fans helped to pay off Mike Ashley, ‘Hibs no match for us’ says Martyn Waghorn, Ronny Deila plays down Aiden McGeady loan talk and more in Saturday’s Rumour Mill

Rangers reveal that fans helped to pay off Mike Ashley

Rangers say they received loans worth £6.5m from directors and rich supporters in Hong Kong to pay off their loan from Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail company.

Fans Barry Scott and Andy Ross and director John Bennett provided money for the first time. while Chairman Dave King and directors Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor have previously supplied loans.

A statement from the club said: “The loans to RIFC were primarliy utilised to fund repayment of the Sports Direct facility with the balance going towards the Group’s working capital requirements.” (Sun)

‘Hibs no match for us’ says Martyn Waghorn

Martyn Waghorn says Hibs are no match for Rangers as the war of words between the two clubs rumbles on.

Following their victory at Ibrox over their rivals, Waghorn said: “Hibs try to get under our skin, it’s what they do, they have done it every time we’ve played them. I think we have been the better team though. Even when we went down to ten men last Monday, we never looked like being in any bother.” (Various)

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Ronny Deila plays down Aiden McGeady loan talk

Ronny Deila has played down the prospect of a Celtic return for Aiden McGeady this month, insisting the winger would have to accept a dramatic cut in wages for any deal to be struck.

Celtic have been linked with a loan move for the 29-year-old winger who needs regular first-team football to ensure his place in the Republic of Ireland squad for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.

“There’s no chance of that happening,” said the Celtic manager. “We have tried before to get those types of players but they get three times the salary at other places. It’s also more interesting for them to play in England than Scotland. It’s tough and you never say never but it’s a different planet when you talk salaries. (Scotsman)

Maciej Gostomski to join Rangers

Rangers are set to make their second January signing, with Maciej Gostomski nearing a deal with the club.

Polish goalkeeper and free agent Maciej Gostomski, who was recently on trial at Ibrox in a bid to win a permanent contract, could land a deal until the summer after impressing the coaching team. (Sun)

Mixu Paatelainen calls on Dundee United to cut out their defensive errors or say goodbye to the Premiership

United head to Dundee today for a massive derby encounter as they try to claw back a 10 point gap between them and second bottom Kilmarnock.

Manager Paatalainen had some stern words for his players: “We are losing goals you should never lose and if we keep conceding goals like that, then it’s cheerio.” (Daily Mail)

Celtic and Rangers chase English defender

Celtic and Rangers are among a host of clubs battling it out for Falkirk’s highly rated 22-year-old defender Will Vaulks.

The centre back has impressed since signing for Falkirk, and with 18 months left on his contract, there is interest building in his signature. (Various)

News in brief:

Sam Allardyce says he will quit if Sunderland go down, while relegation rival Remi Garde won’t quit Villa if they go down. (Mirror)

Real Madrid star Isco has called on Man City to come and get him, as he bids to win a deal at the English club. (Mirror)

St Mirren have confirmed the appointment of David Farrell as assistant manager on a deal until the end of season 2016/17 (Various)