Rumour Mill: Celtic eye loan for £13m defender | Gerrard dismisses link with two '˜targets' | ex-Rangers man trolls Boyata

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNSCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS
Celtic are looking to loan Filip Benkovic, Steven Gerrard insists Rangers are not signing Nathan Dyer or Ryan Gauld, and Josh Windass has trolled Dedryck Boyata on Twitter.
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Celtic eye Benkovic

Celtic are exploring the possibility of a loan deal for Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic. The Croatian arrived for £13 million before the end of the English transfer window and the Hoops are hopeful of persuading Leicester that a stint with the Scottish champions is what he needs to get up to speed in British football. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNSCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS

Gerrard dismisses link

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has ruled out a move for either Ryan Gauld or Nathan Dyer despite reports to the contrary. The Ibrox side were yesterday linked with a loan deal for Swansea City winger Dyer, while a report in Portugal claimed Gauld was coming back to Scotland to sign with the Light Blues. (Daily Record)

Windass trolls Boyata

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Former Rangers star Josh Windass has trolled Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata on Twitter after a section of the Parkhead crowd unveiled a banner criticising the player. Referencing a comment made by ex-Celtic striker John Hartson during the World Cup, Windass cheekily wrote: “He was worth 50 million 6 week ago ?” (Scottish Sun)

Rodgers wants to keep Boyata

Brendan Rodgers is planning on Dedryck Boyata staying at Celtic beyond the closure of the transfer window on Friday night. The Belgian World Cup defender made a stunning return to action for the Scottish champions when he scored the only goal of their Premiership fixture against Hamilton Accies at Celtic Park yesterday. (The Scotsman)

Gerrard happy to take blame

Steven Gerrard offered to shoulder the blame for Motherwell’s last-gasp equaliser after Rangers threw away victory at Fir Park. With the Light Blues clinging on to a 3-2 lead, Gerrard decided to end Lee Wallace’s exile by bringing the former skipper on to help defend a 94th-minute corner, from which Motherwell scored. (The Scotsman)

Suduva foursome may not travel

Suduva last night revealed their manager and three key players may not be able to travel to Scotland to face Celtic in the Europa League because of visa problems. The Hoops face the Lithuanian minnows on Thursday in a play-off tie for a place in the Europa League Group Stages. (The Scotsman)

Hearts boss not interested in ‘Craig Levein team’

There is no such thing as a ‘Craig Levein team’ and, if there is, the Hearts manager has little interest in building one solely in that image. That was the insistence of the Tynecastle boss after his side made it three wins from three to begin the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with a 1-0 victory over ten-man Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. (Evening News)

Stubbs inconclusive on Smith’s future

Alan Stubbs was inconclusive when asked whether fans’ favourite Cammy Smith was free to leave St Mirren. He said: “I don’t know, no. At the moment, no. You know what football is like, anything can change. But as far as I am standing here now, what I have got is what I have got.” (Various)