Rise and shine! Every morning we rundown all of the top headlines in Scottish football…
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.
The Scottish Sun are reporting that Swansea City have contacted Aberdeen regarding Scott McKenna as they step up their pursuit of the defender. It comes after the Welsh side banked £15million for the sale of Alfie Mawson to Fulham. However, Chairman Stewart Milne is adamant that when McKenna eventually moves on it will be for a fee that dwarfs the record sale at Pittodrie.
According to the Daily Express (print edition) Hearts have told Kyle Lafferty that they won’t stand in the way of a return to Rangers – if the Ibrox club triples their initial bid. However, it’s being reported the Ibrox club are happy to sit tight and are in no rush to increase their bid for the striker.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has cooled any talk of growing frustration over the club’s transfer policy and has insisted that he and the board are singing from the same hymn sheet. Meanwhile, Rodgers wants the Hoops to tie down Dedryck Boyata and James Forrest to new contracts as both players enter the final 12 months of their current deals.
Derek McInnes has confirmed that he’s aiming to secure a new striker before Aberdeen’s opening Premiership match against Rangers on Sunday.
Osijek manager Zoran Zekic believes the return to fitness of two key players will boost their chances of overturning a 1-0 deficit against Rangers at Ibrox on Thursday. Duo Haris Hajradinovic and Borna Barisic will return and Zekic is heartened by a 4-1 win over Hadjuk Split, who he says are better than Steven Gerrard’s side.
Celtic’s Callum McGregor says big games bring out the best in him as he aims for Champions League qualification for the third year running.
Dundee midfielder Glenn Kamara says the club’s two objectives this season are finishing in the top six and a good cup run.
Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alnwick hopes to learn from Allan McGregor and push the Scotland international for a starting place at Ibrox.
Former Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey is training with St Mirren after leaving Bury at the end of last season.
Hamilton Accies captain Darian MacKinnon has been pulling out of tackles in training. It comes after he warned the club’s new signings from Under-23 football in England to man up from the “tippy tappy stuff” they’ve been playing down south.
Chris Sutton insists the arrival of Kyle Lafferty at Ibrox would blow Rangers’ signing policy to bits. He didn’t hold back, saying the Hearts forward is a “nutter” and a “ticking time bomb”.