Chris Sutton claims Bruno Alves wants to leave Ibrox; Scott Sinclair to escape punishment over Betfred Cup final penalty and Club 1872 set to grill board at Rangers AGM
‘Alves will be off in January’
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has claimed Rangers defender Bruno Alves will want to leave Ibrox during the January transfer window.
Speaking ahead of BT Sport’s coverage of the Betfred Cup final, the former Celtic striker said: “Alves is an interesting one at the moment for me. He’s injured, but you can see him thinking ‘in January, I want off’.”
Signed by former Gers boss Pedro Caixinha, Alves is currently nursing a back injury and has been badly missed by the Rangers backline during his time on the sidelines. (BT Sport)
Sinclair to escape dive punishment
Scott Sinclair won’t face any retrospective action over the penalty incident during Sunday’s Betfred Cup final.
Cedric Kipre was sent off after Sinclair took a tumble in the box and although Motherwell claimed the Celtic attacker had gone down too easily, it is not thought that Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan will take any action.
The fact there was contact between the two players before Sinclair went down is believed to have been instrumental in the decision not to take further action. (Scottish Sun)
Club 1872 to grill Ibrox board
Rangers’ second largest shareholder is set to grill the Ibrox board at Thursday’s AGM over the hunt for Pedro Caixinha’s successor.
The fans’ group is set to demand answers from Dave King and the rest of the board during or after the meeting later this week.
A statement from Club 1872 read: “A number of concerns have been raised by members, in particular the length of time it is taking the club to appoint a new manager.” (Scottish Sun)
May targets more Ibrox success
Stevie May is hoping Aberdeen can capitalise on Rangers’ state of fragility twice in the next five days to pull a massive 12 points clear of their Ibrox rivals before the halfway stage of the Premiership.
Rangers are seemingly rudderless as the frustrated supporters, who have witnessed consecutive defeats by Dundee and Hamilton under interim boss Graeme Murty, desperately wait for news of a permanent replacement for Pedro Caixinha.
The Dons go to Ibrox before hosting the Gers at Pittodrie on Sunday and May knows it is a real opportunity to put some considerable distance between the two sides as they continue their pursuit of Celtic. (The Scotsman)
Moult save my best ever, says Gordon
Craig Gordon feels that his stunning stop from Louis Moult during Sunday’s Betfred Cup final is among the best saves he’s ever made.
Celtic had just opened the scoring when Gordon threw out his right arm to prevent a certain goal. Five minutes later, Celtic had doubled their lead and Motherwell were down to 10 men, so Gordon’s intervention was a pivotal moment.
“It gives me as much satisfaction as any save I’ve made in my career,” Gordon said. “I could make a save like that in a match which we lose and nobody would speak about it.” (The Scotsman)
Jags star hoping to rough it with Hibs
Partick Thistle’s Danny Devine has warned next opponents Hibs that the Jags have no problem getting physical in a bid to win the match.
Devine said: “We’ll concentrate on playing our own game, but we always want to impose our game on the opposition. If being physical is to be the game plan then so be it.” (Evening Times)
Hearts face sweat over pair
Hearts will assess the fitness of Aaron Hughes and Harry Cochrane after both suffered injuries during Saturday’s draw with Ross County.
Hughes was withdrawn at half-time with a tight calf, while Cochrane hurt his knee in the second half. None of the issues are regarded as overly serious.
Medical staff will monitor the players ahead of Saturday’s match with Hamilton at Tynecastle. Cochrane has the greater chance of playing but Hearts coaches are hopeful of having both men available. (Evening News)