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The Rumour Mill: Tuesday’s football news and gossip

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor could be set to leave in the summer. Picture: SNS

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor could be set to leave in the summer. Picture: SNS

In today’s Rumour Mill: Rangers and Celtic goalkeepers watched by West Brom; Latest in the Rangers takeover as the Blue Knights submit a revised offer; Gary Hooper insists he wants to stay at Celtic; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

West Brom target Rangers keeper

West Brom have been linked with a move for Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, despite the fact that manager Roy Hodgson is ready to leave for the England job. The Premier League outfit have monitored the Scotland international for some time, and Baggies goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely watched McGregor in action during Sunday’s Old Firm clash. McGregor has a deal in place with the administrators which means he can leave at the end of the season for £1.5m. (Sun)

• Kiely was also interested in the performance of on-loan Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who is stalling on signing a deal to keep him at Parkhead. It is understood the player’s agent is holding out to see what interest there is from England. (Sun)

Rangers takeover latest

• SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster has warned prospective Rangers owner Bill Miller that there can be no guarantee provided that the club will start next season in the top flight without any points deduction or other sanctions being imposed. But Doncaster also conceded the possibility of a newly constituted Rangers under Miller being accepted without punishment within the next two weeks. (Scotsman)

• The Blue Knights/Brian Kennedy consortium have made a revised offer for the Ibrox club, which was re-submitted following another round of talks over the weekend. Although sources close to the bid were reluctant to reveal exact details of the new offer, it has been described as being “worth everyone’s while”. (Various)

• However, it is believed that Kennedy and ex-Rangers director Brian Kennedy must secure preferred bidder status within 48 hours if they want to agree a CVA deal with the club’s creditors. (Sun)

• Former Scottish Rugby Union chief Gordon McKie has been lined up to run Rangers by Brian Kennedy, should the Blue Knights consortium succeed with their bid to take control of the club. (Record)

• A preferred bidder for Rangers could be named as early as today. (Herald)

• The 12 SPL clubs yesterday agreed to postpone their vote on proposals for sporting and financial penalties for clubs who suffer an insolvency event. “There is a need to approach these really quite important issues with a full understanding of the picture and, at the moment, the picture is still emerging at Ibrox,” said chief executive Neil Doncaster. (Various)

• Doncaster admitted that the continuing uncertainty over Rangers’ participation in the SPL next season is hampering efforts to finalise the new £80m television contract with Sky and ESPN, as well as attempts to find a replacement for title sponsors Clydesdale Bank. (Scotsman)

• Defender Sasa Papac maay have played his last game for Rangers after revealing he needs a groin operation. (Record)

Hooper happy at Celtic

Gary Hooper is happy to stay at Celtic and fulfil his Champions League ambitions, despite renewed speculation over a move to newly promoted Southampton. Hooper said: “There are always rumours about that. But I have two years left on my contract, I am scoring goals and I am loving my football. There is a big chance for us to play Champions League football next season and that has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time.” (Various)

• Celtic will bring three Indian youngsters on trial after a recruitment drive in the country. Mukhesh Kumar, Premananda Singha and Mangal Murmuto - all from Bangalore - will train with the club this summer after being selected by scouts. (Herald)

Black tipped for success

Hearts midfielder Ian Black has the ability to be a success in England next season, according to first-team coach Gary Locke. After the Tynecastle club surprisingly announced that the player’s services would not be retained, Locke said: “Anybody down there that has seen him play this season will totally agree with myself that if he went down there he would do very well. He has been outstanding. It was a matter between Blackie and the board of directors. He’s decided that he sees his future elsewhere.” (Scotsman)

Hibs still in control - Jefferies

Jim Jefferies insists Hibs remain in the driving seat in the race to avoid relegation from the SPL but he believes the Easter Road outfit will be feeling the pressure being exerted by his chasing Dunfermline side. The Dunfermline manager said: “We’ve bettered our chances over the weekend because we won and they lost, but they’re still in the driving seat and they’re still the ones that can throw it away.” (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• SPL chairman Ralph Topping has resigned his SFA board commitments due to pressure of work. The 60-year-old, who is chief executive of bookmakers William Hill, will continue in his non-executive role with the SPL which he has held since 2009. (Various)

• Shaun Maloney is set to be named in Craig Levein’s Scotland squad for this month’s friendly in the USA after the former Celtic attacker rediscovered his form with Wigan. (Express)

• Gus MacPherson has left his job as Queen of the South manager after the club were relegated from the Irn-Bru First Division on Saturday. (Various)

• St Mirren have begun contract talks with Nigel Hasselbaink, and are closing in on a deal with defender Jeroen Tesselaar. (Express)

• Dundee last night off-loaded six players as they kick-off preparations for next season’s promotion push. Craig McKeown, Rhys Weston, Mark Fotheringham, Jake Hyde, Ross Chisholm and Graham Bayne will all leave Dens Park as manager Barry Smith rebuilds for next term. (Scotsman)

• Jamie Langfield has been told it’s decision day on whether or not he will accept a new contract with Aberdeen. The Dons goalkeeper’s current deal ends next month and Craig Brown has made it clear he wants to keep the player. (Scotsman)

• Partick Thistle youngster Bradley Halsman has signed on for another year at Firhill. (Express)

 

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