Sutton in McInnes claim
Chris Sutton has claimed that Derek McInnes WILL be the next Rangers boss - and that the Ibrox club have the cash to pry him away from Aberdeen.
Speaking on BT Sport last night ahead of Celtic’s match with Bayern Munich, Sutton said: “I’m saying it will be Derek McInnes. I’m hearing Rangers have the money.
“[It is] absolutely the right move, he’s the man for the Rangers job. He has done a terrific job at Aberdeen, the time is right for him to move. Whoever goes in has a chance of improving Rangers.” (BT Sport)
Gordon points finger at Boyata
Craig Gordon has appeared to blame Dedryck Boyata for Bayern Munich’s opening goal last night, insisting: “I thought Dedryck was going to header it.”
Boyata misjudged a punt up the park from Bayern ‘keeper Sven Ulreich with Gordon rushing from his goal to try and deal with the situation.
Gordon added: “It was a strange goal to lose. I think Dedryck thought it was going to come straight through. I just had to react, so it was kind of an all-round mistake. We were just a little bit late to react.” (Daily Mail)
Fears over McGinn injury
John McGinn scored the opening goal as Hibs won 3-0 away to Kilmarnock last night - but manager Neil Lennon revealed the midfielder nearly missed the game with a thigh complaint.
McGinn, named in Malky Mackay’s Scotland squad for the friendly with the Netherlands next week, was ‘a bit ginger’ on his thigh before the match according to Lennon who admitted: “We couldn’t leave him out.”
Lennon added: “He is going to need a rest at some stage. There is a lot of tissue damage in the thigh, but it takes a lot to stop him.” (Evening News)
Stubbs turned down United
Alan Stubbs was approached with a view to taking the reins at Dundee United - but turned it down, according to reports.
Tannadice chairman Steven Thompson was keen on the former Hibs and Rotherham boss taking over from Ray McKinnon and held talks with Stubbs in a bid to reach a deal.
But after mulling it over, Stubbs is said to have turned down the offer. (Scottish Sun)
Hummels hails Celtic Park atmosphere
Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels paid tribute to the atmosphere at Celtic Park before Bayern Munich left the stadium on Tuesday night.
The Germany international posted a selfie on Twitter with the caption: “Great stadium and outstanding atmosphere. Loved it. Hopefully till next time @celticfc.” (Various)
Sky Sports in gaffe over Celtic stadium
Sky Sports has dropped another clanger with reference to Scottish football, this time thanks to Phil Neville getting the name of Celtic’s stadium wrong.
The former Manchester United and Everton star, now a pundit, was giving his prediction for Tuesday night’s football.
Jeff Stelling said: “I fancy a few goals from Manchester United but see Chelsea struggling at Roma but Neville added: “I’m going for Celtic to produce one of those famous Hampden Park nights.” (The Scotsman)
Caixinha wanted by Mexican clubs
Pedro Caixinha’s agent has revealed the Portuguese manager is set to return to Mexico.
The former Rangers manager is understood to have agreed a severance package with the Ibrox club which is expected to be signed off this week.
Caixinha was axed by Rangers last Thursday after a disastrous seven-month period at the club and is linked with Santos Laguna, as well as Mexican heavyweights Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and Pumas. (The Scotsman)
Hearts legend dies at 49
Hearts legend Stefano Salvatori, part of the team that won the 1998 Scottish Cup, has died at the age of 49 following an illness.
The midfielder joined Hearts from Atalanta in 1996, making more than 80 appearances from the Jambos before returning to his homeland where he finished his career in 2002. (Evening News)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Cowdenbeath boss Billy Brown and Clyde manager Jim Chapman both left their positions yesterday
• Rangers youngster Aidan Wilson has hailed the influence of Bruno Alves as the 18-year-old defender signed a new deal at Ibrox