RONNY’S Roar makes a return at Rugby Park; Derek McInnes says Aberdeen won’t give up title chase; Mark Warburton denies his substitutions are to blame for Rangers loss and more in Sunday’s Rumour Mill
Ronny’s Roar makes a return at Rugby Park
Tom Rogic’s 90th minute stunner saw Celtic manager Ronny’s Deila’s trademark roar make a brief return at Rugby Park.
Following a week that has saw several names - Moyes, Lennon and Malky Mackay - linked with his job, the relief was clear to see on Deila’s face following Celtic’s narrow win.
Such was his excitement that broadcaster Sky had to apologise to their viewers for Deila’s impromptu celebratory outburst of swearing that was picked up on camera.
“You can’t control your emotion or the words in those times,” he said unrepentantly. “But I don’t think I am the only one in Britain who has been caught saying those words. It is good to celebrate victories. That is why you do this. The fans were so good today and there was so much emotion for me and all the others as well. It was a good day in the end.
“For us it is a very, very important goal at an important stage of the league season of course. It was a glimpse of magic in the last minute and in these games, when you win like that - and I’ve done it sometimes in my life - you remember it for the rest of your life.” (Various)
Derek McInnes says Aberdeen won’t give up title chase
Derek McInnes says Aberdeen won’t give up their title chase but has admitted that his team will now have to win all seven of their remaining matches to have any chance of pipping Celtic to the title.
“Today’s results leave us in second spot with 21 points still to play for. We have to try and win them all. We cannot get too disturbed with what happened today. We knew Motherwell away at any time was a tough game and for 70 odd minutes we looked the better team. But as I say we have to play for 90 minutes.
“We knew prior to today there was not a lot of room for error for our season but with seven games left I still think there will be more surprises and points dropped.” (Various)
Mark Warburton denies his substitutions are to blame for Rangers loss
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has denied claims that he made the wrong substitutions Friday night’s defeat to Falkirk. Leading 2-0 and looking in command of the game, Rangers went on to lose 3-2 in the hard fought match.
What’s more all three goals were scored following three substitutions by Warburton, but the manager refused to believe the subs were the cause for the defeat.
Warburton said: “Barrie MacKay and Kenny Miller have worked hard of late, and we weren’t putting on 16 and 17-year-olds - we were putting on experienced players. Someone said to me about negative substitutions. We put on Michael O’Halloran, Nicky Clark and Harry Forrester so I’m not sure how much more positive we can be.
“we looked to give key players a rest and add energy and tempo. We looked at that and thought if it was the right thing to do - and I think it was.” (Express)
Celtic’s Keiran Tierney has never seen Scotland play
The youngster is not only in line for a first senior cap – the visit of the Danes will represent the first Scotland game he has attended.
Scotland had shown little enthusiasm for Tierney ahead of Ronny Deila pitching him in at Celtic last year. “I played half an hour when I was 15, just in a friendly, but they didn’t think I was good enough obviously,” he recalled. “It wasn’t until last season and earlier this season really that I got called back up for the under-19s. I was looking forward to going away with them. The campaign in Ireland went well for us with a few good results. We’re a good team with good players and I believe we’ll do the job.
“The first team’s a big jump up and I’m delighted. I’ve only ever watched games on television but I’ve always supported Scotland.” (Scotsman)
News in brief:
• After seeing one of Celtic’s fans getting frogmarched off the pitch by a steward, Colin Kazim-Richards stepped in to save the celebrating supporter. (Various)
• Jose Mourinho has signed a pre-contract agreement to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season, according to reports. (Various)
• Mourinho has reportedly identified Tottenham’s Harry Kane as his first signing target. (Express)