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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC BOSS LINKED WITH OLD FAVOURITE, GERS KEEPER SWITCH, DONS COMPLETE SWOOP

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ALAN STUBBS reckons Celtic boss Neil Lennon should make a move for Hibs winger Martin Boyle.

Tosh McKinlay, a former Hoops team-mate of the Englishman during their time at Parkhead, is now a Hoops scout and was spotted at Tannadice on Sunday to watch Dundee United draw 2-2 with the Easter Road side in the Scottish Cup.

It was believed he was running the rule over the Tayside outfit’s Scotland international Lawrence Shankland, who netted his side’s first goal, but Stubbs reckoned he could have been spying on the Edinburgh club’s Australian flanker.

 

The former Hibs manager worked with Boyle during his stint in Edinburgh and Lennon, of course, did likewise when he was in charge in Leith.

Stubbs, speaking to Ladbrokes Social Club, said: “Here’s one for you. If I was Neil, Neil loved Martin Boyle.

“It fits. Neil had a real fondness for Boyle when he was there, he used to talk him up all the time.”

Boyle, 26, has played 17 times this season in all competitions after recovering from a long-term knee injury. He scored his sixth goal of the campaign against United.

STEVEN GERRARD has recalled young keeper Robby McCrorie from Queen of the South to put him on loan at Livingston for the remainder of the season.

The 21-year-old shotstopper is standing by to make his debut for Gary Holt’s side against St Johnstone in Lothian tomorrow night.

Both Hearts and Hibs were interested in the Scotland Under-21 international, but Livi have won the race for the hot prospect.

McCrorie originally agreed a season-long contract with the Championship club, but Gerrard has cut it short.

The Ibrox boss, speaking to SKY Sports News, said: “There’s an opportunity for Robby to play in the Premiership.

“It will be brilliant for his development.

“We really respect the job Queens have done and it’s not something we wanted to do by taking a ‘keeper off someone.

“But when the kids gets the opportunity to play a league above, to better himself and the chance to play in the Premiership, then it gives him a better chance of coming back here and playing for Rangers.

“For the kid, it’s a no-brainer. Slightly awkward for us as we don’t want to let anyone down.

“Queen of the South probably thought they would have Robby for the full year, but we have to forget about that and think what’s best for the kid. It’s too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I rate him very highly. If Robby keeps developing at the speed he is then I’ve got no doubt he can come back here and effect the two main positions here for the goalkeeping position.”

Jamie Barjonas and Jamie Murphy have become the latest January departures having agreed loan moves to Partick Thistle and Burton respectively.

Midfielder Greg Docherty’s temporary switch to Sunderland has hit a snag and Charlton are among other sides monitoring his situation.

DEREK McINNES has completed the signing of Ross County midfielder Mark Gallagher for an undisclosed fee.

The Aberdeen boss swooped for the Newcastle-born 18-year-old who will join the Pittodrie development set-up on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

McInnes confirmed a fee had been agreed with the Dingwall side with just the player’s medical to be sorted.

The Reds gaffer, speaking to the Glasgow Times, said: “I’m pleased to get Mark on board. Hopefully, if he shows the same level of commitment my staff and I will put into him, he can become a first-team player for this club in the future.”

 

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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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