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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: HOOPS HERO FACES AXE, CELTIC SKIPPER ‘RAGING’, PERTH BOSS PRAISES MAY, HIBS COULD STRENGTHEN

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CELTIC hero Artur Boruc is heading for a confrontation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe after his unsanctioned visit to Ibrox to cheer on his former team Legia Warsaw against Rangers.

The former Hoops keeper was in the crowd to see Alfredo Morelos claim a stoppage-time goal for Steven Gerrard’s team to give them a 1-0 aggregate win in the Europa League play-off.

Boruc was among the travelling fans as he grabbed a megaphone as the Polish supporters let off flares that saw the match temporarily halted in the second-half.

The former international star may now face the axe from Howe’s first team squad for the game against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City tomorrow.

The colourful shotstopper was on the substitutes’ bench last week as Manchester City beat the Cherries 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium with Aaron Ramsdale in the No.1 position.

However, 36-year-old Boruc could lose his place altogether, according to talkSPORT broadcaster Jim White.

He said: “Rangers fans are going to love this.

“He didn’t have permission to travel and Eddie Howe is not at all happy with Artur.

“He was meant to sit on the bench tomorrow but that will now not happen.

“Artur Boruc is in deep water and he might have some explaining to do.”

SCOTT BROWN was “raging” after Celtic’s 4-1 win over AIK in Stockholm last night, according to Neil Lennon.

The Hoops boss, speaking on the club’s TV channel, revealed the Hoops skipper wasn’t best pleased at missing out on the opportunity to score his first goal of the season when the team netted the third following a well-worked corner-kick.

Christopher Jullien and Lewis Morgan grabbed their first efforts for the club and it was the towering Frenchman who pipped Brown to the ball to prod in from close range.

Lennon joked: “Brown’s raging. He thinks Christopher’s nicked it off him. It’s something Damien (Duff) and John (Kennedy) have worked on, the set-play, and it was a great time to use it.

“It came off perfectly and that’s testament to the work the boys have put in in the background. I’m delighted for Lewis to get his goal, too. He’s worked really hard for the team and he’s got his just rewards.”

STEVIE MAY has completed his protracted return to St Johnstone after having the last two years of his Aberdeen contract scrapped.

The 26-year-old striker, who cost £400,000 when the Dons bought him from Preston two years ago, has returned to the Perth outfit five years after leaving for Sheffield Wednesday.

May seemed set to rejoin his hometown club last month after a medical, only for the move to falter over terms.

The deal has now been rubber-stamped and the frontman, who scored 32 times in 81 games in his previous spell at the club, has now signed a two-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

Saints boss Tommy Wright, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Stevie’s motivation to come back kept us going.

“It has taken a long time, but we’re really pleased. The chairman has worked so hard to get it back on track and over the line.

“I want the Stevie May of old. His goals may have dried up in recent years, but a goalscorer is always a goalscorer and Stevie has proved he can do it at this level.”

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM has admitted Hibs could dip into the transfer market before the Monday midnight deadline.

The Easter Road boss revealed the news that captain David Gray will be out for three months with knee ligament damage – adding to other defensive injuries – means he could bring in another recruit.

Asked about the possibility of a move, Heckingbottom, speaking to the Edinburgh EveningNews, answered: “We need to be looking, whether that is before Monday or the best free agents after the window.

“As it stands, we’ve got enough bodies, but it’s not ideal because not all of them have been training or playing all through pre-season, so we would like them to be in better shape.

“One more injury changes everything so we have to be ready.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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