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.
It’s being reported by the Daily Record that Rangers have reopened transfer talks with Hearts over Kyle Lafferty. The Ibrox side are confident the 30-year-old Northern Ireland striker will make the move in the next 48 hours despite the Tynecastle club holding out for £750,000 after rejecting a bid of £200,000.
Brendan Rodgers insists that defender Dedryck Boyata was fit to play in last night’s Champions League qualifying loss to AEK Athens. The Celtic boss also pulled no punches when he said that the Belgium international’s absence proved costly as their defence wilted in the heat of the Greek capital.
John McGinn admits he had entered a “comfort zone” in Scottish football. The Scotland midfielder insists he joined English Championship side Aston Villa from Hibs instead of Celtic because he is ambitious.
The Scottish FA is set to roll out a new-look disciplinary system. They’ve recruited former referees to study incidents that were missed by match officials. Outgoing compliance officer Tony McGlennan has already used the revamped set-up this season when he opted against raising actions against Steven Naismith and Scott Brown after clashes in Hearts’ win over Celtic at the weekend.
Patrick Roberts is expected to sign a loan deal with La Liga side Girona after flying to Spain on Tuesday. It ends any hope Celtic had of re-signing the winger from the Manchester City.
Ross Wilson, the director of football operations at Southampton, says that rebuffing the chance to move to Rangers was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. However, he is impressed by the progress made by Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard and current director of football Mark Allen.
New Aberdeen loan signing James Wilson is more talented than Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and can kick-start his career in Scotland. That’s according to former Manchester United youth boss Clayton Blackmore. The 22-year-old striker has joined Aberdeen on loan from the Old Trafford club.
American investor Tim Keyes, who this week pumped another £500,000 into Dundee’s running costs, admits he now realises that it is virtually impossible to make financial returns from the SPFL. Conversely, he says his enthusiasm for the club he bought from countryman John Nelms five years ago has grown.
Rangers and Celtic’s Colts were both knocked out of the Irn-Bru Cup by Falkirk and Annan respectively.
No nonsense today… yet!