Ray Wilkins expresses a wish to return to Rangers; Celtic No 2 Chris Davies says Kipre tackle could have ended Moussa Dembele’s career and Kenny Miller speaks out about his treatment at Ibrox
I’ll help Rangers, says Wilkins
Ray Wilkins has made himself available to ‘help’ Rangers as the Ibrox board continue their protracted search for a new manager.
The former Gers midfielder questioned why it’s taking so long to find the successor to Pedro Caixinha when the club have a wealth of legends who’d be thrilled to take over.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “It’s taking far too long. We’ve got legends like McLeish, Butcher, McCoist, Durrant… I’d love to be involved in it. I’d love to help this wonderful football club with these men.” (The Scotsman)
Davies blasts Kipre challenge on Dembele
Celtic No 2 Chris Davies reckons Moussa Dembele is lucky not to be out of football altogether after Cedric Kipre’s over-the-top challenge during Sunday’s Betfred Cup final.
Brendan Rodgers’ assistant said: “Moussa’s got a swollen ankle. He’s had a bad twist and the contact as well. It was a very poorly timed tackle. It could have been much, much worse. Thankfully for him, it’s not.
“The more you watch it back, the worse it gets. Thankfully, he’s physically quite robust.” (The Scotsman)
Miller hits out at ‘malicious treatment’
Kenny Miller has branded his treatment by former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha ‘malicious’ and admits he feared it might have forced him to leave the Ibrox club.
Speaking about his banishment from the first team squad amid claims he was leaking info from the dressing-room, Miller said: “It was really frustrating because of everything surrounding the issue – which was an absolute load of nonsense,
“All I can say is that there were absolutely malicious things going about. It was nonsense and defamatory towards me and my character.” (The Scotsman)
Boyata amazed by three ‘Well games in a week
Dedtyck Boyata has admitted it ‘doesn’t look good’ that Celtic are playing Motherwell three times in seven days.
Branding it ‘crazy’, the Belgian defender U-turned slightly and said: “I am not going to complain or whatever. I don’t do the schedule. I am just playing the game.
“I have come from far and I am just enjoying the moment, so I can’t even criticise playing the same team three times.” (Scottish Sun)
Ex-Dons striker goes into ice cream business
Ex-Aberdeen striker Rory Fallon opened up an ice cream business after hanging up his boots.
The former New Zealand international ended his career when his country’s World Cup bid was KO’d against Peru two weeks ago.
And now he’s turned to a passion for ice cream by opening a business with his wife in Plymouth, revealing he used to test his creations on his old Aberdeen team-mates. (BBC)
Not a grudge match, insists McInnes
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has laughed off claims that his side’s trip to Ibrox this evening is a Ryan Jack ‘grudge match’.
Jack quit the Dons for Rangers in the summer and was booed on his return to Pittodrie for Scotland’s friendly with the Netherlands.
But McInnes said: “There’s no problem at all with Ryan and myself. He was an important player for us. I was equally as disappointed when Niall McGinn, Peter Pawlett, Ash Taylor and Jonny Hayes left.” (Scottish Sun)
Lennon hopeful of Swanson return
Hibs manager Neil Lennon hopes playmaker Danny Swanson will be back from injury to play his part in the Easter Road outfit’s hectic December schedule.
Swanson has been struggling with a knee injury and has had personal issues to deal with but could return to the matchday squad next month. (Evening News)