TL;DR for Thursday, August 23

TL;DR for Thursday, August 23

By TheTwoPointOne

Rise and shine! Every morning we rundown all of the top headlines in Scottish football and fill you in on what you need to know and what isn’t all that important. This is TL;DR news.


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In an interview with the Daily Record, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that he expects new signing Kyle Lafferty to feature heavily this season. There has been speculation over where Lafferty fits into this Rangers team but the Liverpool legend insisted that the Northern Irishman is “part of Plan A”.


After offloading Lafferty, Hearts are interested in replacing the well-travelled striker immediately and are attempting to speed up the transfer of FK Teplice’s David Vanecek. The Czech striker already has a pre-contract agreement to move to Edinburgh in January but Hearts are hoping to conclude a deal to bring Vanecek in in this window, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.


The Herald are reporting that one of Scotland’s leading knee surgeons says that their is no scientific evidence to suggest that there is a greater risk of players sustaining serious injuries by playing on artificial surfaces. The issue has been in the limelight after Rangers winger Jamie Murphy suffered a ligament injury at Rugby Park last week, prompting Gerrard to suggest the pitch was responsible.


The Scotsman are reporting that ex-Falkirk coach Gary Holt will be formally unveiled as the new Livingston manager later today, but will work with the same backroom staff as his predecessor Kenny Miller.


Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata’s future is still uncertain following the controversy surrounding the Belgium international last week, but Craig Gordon has come to Boyata’s defence. The Scotland goalkeeper told the Record that Boyata remains well-respected in the Celtic dressing room and that he would help the defender in any way that he could.


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Hibernian goalie Adam Bogdan looks set to return from injury this weekend after missing last week’s League Cup tie against Ross County, according to the Edinburgh Evening News.


Greg Docherty has told the Herald that his loan move to Shrewsbury Town was the best decision for his career and he has no regrets about leaving Ibrox to secure first team football.


The Evening Telegraph are reporting that former Dundee United defender Bilel Moshni was close to re-signing at Tannadice for this season but opted to move to a top flight Turkish side instead, according to Csaba Laszlo.


In an interview with the BBC, Police Scotland’s assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins has suggested that “it is only a matter of time” before a fan is killed by a pyrotechnic set off in a football stadium.


The print edition of the Daily Star have revealed that Kenny McLean has been ruled out of Scotland’s next two international fixtures against Belgium and Albania. The Norwich midfielder has an ankle injury and will play no part in either fixture.


Ex-Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton thinks that Cetic should have to double their £3.5 million bid for Scott McKenna to convince the Dons to let him go. McNaughton told the Record that the Scotland international is destined for the top.


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Not much nonsense to report yet but with the transfer window drawing to a close soon, we shouldn’t have to wait too long until someone says something daft.

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