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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC IN TRANSFER TUG-OF-WAR, GERS KID AGREES DEAL, ‘MILES OFF IT,’ ADMITS McKENNA

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CELTIC face a transfer tug-of-war with Newcastle in January for Queen’s Park wonderkid Reagan Thomson.

Parkhead scouts have been watching the 16-year-old forward this season and he hit the headlines with an excellent performance for the Scotland Under-17s in their recent 2-1 Euro qualifying win over Iceland.where he set up both goals for ex-Hoops starlet Liam Morrison, who joined Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the summer.

The St James’s Park outfit have received glowing reports on the form of the prospect who has gatecrashed the Hampden outfit’s first team this season.

They plan to make their move for the player when the transfer window re-opens at the turn of the year.

The eight-in-a-row champions are watching developments.

Thomson has made only eight appearances for the League Two side and has earned rave reviews.

His international outings have also  put him in the spotlight now he has helped the Scots qualify for the competition’s Elite Round which will start in March next year.

JAMIE BARJONAS has agreed a contract extension at Rangers.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been handed an extra year on top of his current deal, which had been due to expire at the end of this season.

Barjonas made the most recent of his nine first-team appearances in December 2017 and had loan spells at Bury and Raith Rovers last term.

SCOTT McKENNA has demanded a clear-the-air talks with his team-mates after Aberdeen’s 4-0 thrashing from Celtic at Pittodrie on Sunday.

The Scotland international centre-half was part of Derek McInnes’ side that were trailing by four goals at the interval after strikes from Odsonne Edouard, Jeremie Frimpong, James Forrest and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

McKenna, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “We need to find the answers as to why that happened.

“Why weren’t we aggressive enough and not pressing? Why were we sitting too deep?

“They are all things we need to answer as a group. We can only apologise to the fans, whether they want to listen or not.”

The pivot added: “I think there are leaders in the team, but nobody showed it on Sunday. It is all well and good when you are two or three up and playing good football.

“But you need to show it on games like Sunday, where you need proper leaders to step up and take control of the game, but that didn’t happen.

“We were miles off it and nowhere near good enough. We let Celtic do what they wanted.

“Every goal was easy. We were far too passive and not strong enough in the tackle.

“None of us were aggressive enough or sharp enough and Celtic ran over the top of us. James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Odsonne Edouard all enjoyed the game far too much.

“We have nobody to blame but ourselves.”

 

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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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