The Rumour Mill: Thursday's football transfer news and gossip

Celtic ponder shock move for Goodwillie, Bartley on verge of Rangers return and Bougherra exit a near certainty.

Celtic consider Goodwillie bid

Neil Lennon has asked to be kept informed of any developments regarding in-demand Dundee United striker David Goodwillie who is valued at around 2m.

Rangers have had two bids rejected for the 22-year old while Blackpool, Wigan and Cardiff are also interested. (Sun)

Bartley set to rejoin Rangers on loan

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Kyle Bartley is expected to return to Rangers for a season-long loan after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger gave the green light for the move which is expected to be completed within the next 72 hours. (Sun)

Rangers step up interest in Anderlecht star

Ally McCoist is expected hold talks with Belgian side Anderlecht over defender Roland Juhasz, 28, after tabling an initial offer of 1.5m. The move comes as Qatar side Lekhwiya edge close to luring centre back Madjid Bougherra away from Ibrox on a 35K a week deal. (Mail)

Bougherra cash to fund new Rangers signings

Ally McCoist is set to let Madjid Bougherra leave Ibrox so that he can use the 3m the club will receive towards bids for striker David Goodwillie and Dutch winger Wesley Verhoek. (Record)

• Dundee United have rejected a 1.6m bid from Blackpool for Goodwillie

Celtic give trialists a run-out

Celtic boss Neil Lennon trialled goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa and strikers Katelego Mphela and Milos Lacny in a match that saw the Parkhead side lose 2 - 0 to a full strength Wolves team. (Scotsman)

• A decision is expected by Celtic today on whether to sign Pletikosa with Lennon refusing to blame the keeper for the loss of his side's first goal last night. (Record)

Diouf banned from Senegalese football

Former Rangers loan striker El Hadji Diouf has been banned for five years from playing at all levels of Senegalese football after he failed to appear at a disciplinary committee to probe claims that he had said in a radio interview that all African football was corrupt. (Scotsman)

Travel grief strikes again for Obua

Hearts' Ugandan midfielder David Obua ran into difficulty at customs when he arrived in Hungary for the Tynecastle club's Europa League match against Paksi.

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Obua had flown to London to renew his passport and obtain a visa before leaving the UK but he was told by Hungarian immigration officials that his documents were not sufficient.

Police in the eastern European country are now deciding whether Obua should be allowed to join his team mates. (Scotsman)


• Rangers have been told to up their offer of 200K if they want to sign American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who has already penned a pre-contract agreement, to Ibrox now.

• Former Raith Rovers keeper Andy McNeil has signed a one-year deal with Livingston

• Paul Hartley says he has still not given up hope of convincing ex-Celtic winger Bobby Petta to sign for Alloa

• Former Stirling Albion midfielder Scott Robertson's move to Fram Reykjavik has fallen through due to contact difficulties

• Ex-Rangers striker Steven MacLean has joined League One side Yeovil on a one-year deal

• Elgin City have signed Ross County midfielder Archie MacPhee on a six-month loan

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