Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Chelsea starlet | Mixu on way out | Rangers '˜won't have to spend big'

Celtic weigh up move for wantaway Chelsea kid Ola Aina; Mixu Paatelainen's coat on a shoogly peg at Tannadice and Kenny Miller claims Rangers won't have to splash the cash to challenge Celtic

Celtic are reportedly keen on Chelsea defender Ola Aina. Picture: Getty Images

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Hoops eye Aina move

CELTIC are weighing up a move for Chelsea kid Ola Aina, with the 19-year-old defender having snubbed a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

England Under-19 defender Aina - who is thought to be a possible replacement for Mikael Lustig - has won five trophies already at Chelsea and has been watched by Celtic scouts on a number of occasions.

Despite reports that Celtic had been put off by Aina’s wage demands, it is understood that the Hoops are still keeping tabs on the situation as a number of English clubs circle. (Daily Record)

Mixu facing axe as fans demand change

MIXU Paatelainen is facing the axe as Dundee United’s tumultuous season comes to a sticky end.

United face being relegated at the home of rivals Dundee, and fans are thought to have returned around 1,000 tickets for the derby match.

While Mixu will likely be in charge for the Tayside showdown, the growing resentment among fans and fears that Dundee United could struggle in a competitive Championship next year could see Mixu forced out before the end of his contract. (Scottish Sun)

Gers don’t need to spend big, says Miller

RANGERS striker Kenny Miller reckons the Gers won’t have to splash the cash to challenge Celtic next season.

The veteran hitman has insisted that bringing in players with the right character is more important than spending big.

The ex-Hibs and Celtic striker added: “Being realistic, are we going to spend £4 million on a player? I don’t know, but if I was a betting man I’d probably say no.” (Daily Express)

Scottish football ‘needs Hibs in top flight’

MILLER also wants to see former club Hibs join Rangers in the top flight, claiming that the Easter Road side are ‘one of the bigger clubs in the country’.

Miller said: “No disrespect to anyone in the league but I don’t think I’m wrong in saying Hibs are one of the bigger clubs in the country.

“I think we want the best teams being in the Premiership and Hibs are definitely one of them, so I would definitely want them up.” (Scottish Sun)

Brown: I’m as fit as I was at 21

SCOTT Brown has hit out at the boo-boys and has claimed he’s as fit as he was when he was 21.

The Celtic captain has had another injury-ravaged season but said: “I am still covering the same distances I’ve been doing since I was 21. I am still doing not too badly. It is just form.

“I have been at Celtic nine years and the longest holiday I have had is three weeks. Eventually it is going to take a toll on your body. You get aches and pains and you struggle to shake them off during the season.” (Scottish Sun)

Gers line up Spurs friendly

RANGERS will take on Tottenham in a closed doors game as Mark Warburton aims to keep his players match sharp ahead of the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.

Warburton is hopeful that star striker Martyn Waghorn will be fit for the Hampden showpiece and has arranged the bounce game in a bid to help the ex-Wigan hitman be fit for the final. (Various)

NEWS IN BRIEF

• Celtic legend Berie Auld wants to see Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane take charge of Celtic

• Shay Logan is a target for Rotherham, with the Millers weighing up an end-of-season swoop for the Aberdeen defender

• Dedryck Boyata faces a race against time to be fit for Belgium’s Euro 2016 matches after suffering a hamstring injury against Rangers

• Barrie McKay deserves a Scotland call-up after his form this season, according to team-mate Kenny Miller

• Hibs defender Niklas Gunnarsson is hopeful of a big win against Dumbarton this season as the Easter Road side go for broke in the race for second

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