Paper Talk: Alan Stubbs | Neil Alexander’s ‘weird’ return

Alan Stubbs says Hibs have benefitted from Glasgow 2014. Pic: SNS
Alan Stubbs says Hibs have benefitted from Glasgow 2014. Pic: SNS
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Here’s what’s making the back pages of this morning’s newspapers in Scotland ...

• Hibs manager Alan Stubbs has revealed how thankful he is for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – because it’s allowed him more time to get his team ready for tonight’s showdown with Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup. As Ibrox was used for the rugby sevens, the match was moved from two Saturdays ago and Stubbs said: “It’s given us another ten days to prepare. I make no bones about it, I’m really happy we’ve been able to work on a few things.” (various)

• Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni has been banned for both the visit of Hibs tonight and Sunday’s league encounter with Hearts after the SFA acted swiftly on his red card against Derby in a pre-season friendly. (various)

• Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander has admitted it will feel weird going back to his former club Rangers on Sunday, saying: “It will be strange going into the away dressing-room and I just hope I find it and know where it is.” (Sun)

• Jambos skipper Danny Wilson says he and his team-mates will not accept second best this season. “I don’t think you should ever play for second spot,” said the skipper. “We feel as if we are a title contender, but it’s not going to be easy.” (various)

• Injured Celtic captain Scott Brown has warned Legia Warsaw that they will pay for their over-the-top celebrations in Poland after defeating the Bhoys 4-1. The former Hibee said: “The lads remember every single thing for the first leg. Legia got a little over-confident and a few celebrated in our faces. We won’t let that happen again.” (Sun)

• Meanwhile, former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has hit out at the board of Celtic, criticising them for playing tomorrow’s match at Murrayfield and questioning the appointment of Ronny Deila. “I hope Ronny isn’t the puppet some people say he is, but I fear he might be. Which manager comes into a club and is told who is right-hand will be?” said McAvennie, referring to the appointment of John Collins. On the move to Murrayfield due to Celtic Park’s use in Glasgow 2014, McAvennie continued; “I don’t know why the did it and I can’t understand why it’s not ready now. The was nothing else after the opening ceremony.” (Scotsman)

• St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists that he has goalscoring targets in mind if he has to sell Stevie May to Rotherham. “We have to make sure we are ready to bring in someone if Stevie goes,” said Wright. (Express).

• Aberdeen are expecting to sell out Pittodrie for the second leg of their Europa League clash with Real Sociedad. (Daily Record)

• Dundee have taken Luxembourg international Laurent Jans on trial. (Sun)

• Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston will make a decision on trialists Chris Chantler and Darryl Westlake in the next 48 hours. (Sun)

• Swansea are ready to relinquish their £19million release clause on striker Wilfried Bony as the Ivorian is so unsettled at the club. Liverpool and Tottenham are set to scrap it out for his signature. (Mirror)