Ahead of the big game at Pittodrie on Sunday there’s more speculation over the Ibrox top job, Levein hits back and hat-trick hero Edouard hints at a long-term deal.
Rangers to make their move for McInnes
The odds of Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes taking over at Ibrox have tumbled with rumours Rangers will approach him to be their next manager this week. It’s reported Rangers will make their move following Sunday’s clash between the sides at Pittodrie with the club asking Aberdeen for permission to speak to their boss. Graeme Murty will again be in charge for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off. (Sunday Mail)
Dons defender says McInnes not distracted
Aberdeen defender Anthony O’Connor says Derek McInnes has shown no signs of being distracted over rumours of a move to Rangers. The Dons have taken just one win from four since McInnes was installed as favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha. But O’Connor says all his manager’s attention is concentrated on trying to make sure Aberdeen remain Celtic’s closest rivals. (Scotland on Sunday)
Levein says referee Madden ‘lost it’
Craig Levein blasted referee Bobby Madden over his handling of his side’s 1-1 draw with Hamilton. He said the ref’s actions were “bizarre”. The game saw both Levein and assistant Austin MacPhee sent to the stand. MacPhee was involved in a tussle with Accies’ Darian MacKinnon which sparked a melee involving players and staff from both teams. Levein was sent to the stand for failing to approach the referee when ordered.
Levein said: “I have no idea why he sent me off. He never told me. Do I think he should have come to me? He ran 25 yards, why not run another five? I don’t think I did anything wrong. If it’s for not walking four yards that is bizarre.” (Various)
Loan star Edouard wants permanent move to Celtic
Hat-trick hero Odsonne Edouard would love a permanent deal at Celtic, according to reports.The 19-year-old ran riot against Motherwell on just his third start for the club. And Celtic have an option to secure the PSG frontman on a long term basis.
Edouard said: “I am absolutely delighted to score my first hat-trick for the club. I have been patient, very patient, and very happy to start the game. I am happy at Celtic. I have a very welcoming team-mates and manager while the fans have been very good with me. I feel great - so I hope I can build on this feeling and stay as long as I can.” (Sun)
I’m staying at Celtic, insists Rogers
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has brushed off approaches from English Premier League Clubs. As Celtic extend their unbeaten run to 67 games, Rodgers is attracting renewed attention down south. But the Celtic boss says he will not be considering a move south of the border for some time to come. “The Premier League is brilliant. I loved it there. I worked with two great clubs. This is not to say I won’t go back there one day, but there’s not even a notion that I’m thinking of it (at the moment). I might get more money elsewhere but what I’ve learnt is that happiness is the most important thing, As long as I feel that way, then I’m really happy to be here.” (Mail on Sunday)