The latest news and gossip from around Scottish football.
Grezda on verge of Rangers exit
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that winger Eros Grezda is close to leaving Ibrox. It has been reported that two European clubs interested in the Albania 24-year-old who has failed to become a first-team regular since signing from Osijek last summer. Gerrard has made no secret of trying to clear the books at Ibrox with a number of players told they are not part of his plan. (Various)
Napoli out of running to sign Kieran Tierney?
Napoli left-back Mario Rui has appeared to confirm he is not leaving the Serie A club, whose interest in Celtic’s Kieran Tierney appeared to hinge on the 28-year-old Portuguese being sold. Rui told Italian press “I’ve always been calm, from the boss (Ancelotti) to the club, no-one has ever told me that I’m available for sale.
“The club and the coach have always backed my desire to stay at Napoli, and I feel good. (Daily Record)
Hearts rule out Lafferty bid
Hearts manager Craig Levein said the club will not be making a move for Kyle Lafferty. The 31-year-old Northern Ireland striker who has had his Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent was on the books at Tynecastle before joining Rangers. Steven Gerrard says Kyle Lafferty had the opportunities to impress at Ibrox but the striker did not do enough to catch the eye on his return from Hearts. (The Herald)
Steven Gerrard insists Kyle Lafferty had enough chances to impress after early exit from Rangers
Chris Cadden ‘getting best of both worlds’ following Motherwell exit
Chris Cadden says he will get the “best of both worlds” by starring for Oxford United – before chasing his American dream with Columbus Crew. Cadden, 22, joined the MLS outfit earlier this week after his Motherwell contract expired; however, he was immediately loaned out to Oxford and will spend the first half of the season with the League One outfit before linking up with Columbus at the start of 2020. (The Herald)
Away end cut at new Aberdeen ground
Aberdeen has cut the size of the away section at Pittodrie Stadium for the new season and introduced more space between home and away fans following various ugly incidents, including missiles being thrown at Rangers and Celtic games. (Daily Record)
Leigh Griffiths emotional following first goal back
Leigh Griffiths last night admitted his free-kick against Nomme Kalju was as enjoyable as those he netted for Scotland against England and had brought him to brink of tears.
Griffiths, who has spent seven months out battling personal issues, scored a spectacular effort in added-on time at the end of the first-half in a Champions League qualifier at Parkhead that his team won 5-0. (The Herald)
Kamberi lifts lid on Lennon fallout
Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi insists that the explosive fall out with Neil Lennon, which led to the Northern Irishman’s departure from Easter Road as head coach, is all in the past, that he bears no animosity towards the Celtic manager and is thankful to him for bringing him to Scottish football. (The Herald)
Gerrard owes Rangers job to Progres
Steven Gerrard, whose Rangers side face Progres Niederkorn in Europa League qualifying, says he would not be the Ibrox club’s manager if the Luxembourg side had not shocked the Glasgow side two seasons ago to help end Pedro Caixinha’s reign as boss. (The Herald)
Defoe backs Morelos
Former England striker Jermain Defoe hopes Rangers can reap the rewards of a calmer and more mature Alfredo Morelos during his third season at Ibrox. He said: “I think he has calmed down a lot. You can see that in games. He is a lot more relaxed and calm. It’s only going to help him. (The Herald)