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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: MOURINHO MISSES OUT ON ODSONNE, GERS FLOP MOVES, SAINTS IN FAN PLEA

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JOSE MOURINHO should have splashed the cash to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard during the January transfer window.

That’s the verdict of former Scotland international striker Alan Brazil who reckons the Spurs manager should not have hesitated in getting the cheque book out after Harry Kane was injured in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day.

When it was obvious the London club’s top hitman and captain was going to be sidelined for a while the Portuguese coach would have been well advised to have made the champions an offer they couldn’t refuse for their 22-year-old French talisman.

Edouard has been in scintillating form for the Hoops in this campaign and his cool effort in the 5-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend was his 28th goal of the season while he has claimed 11 strikes in his six appearances for his nation’s Under-21 outfit.

Brazil, speaking on talkSPORT, said: “I’d have bought Edouard, I would have. Then if Harry comes back and he wants to revert back to one up front, then: ‘Edouard, thank you, you’ve really helped us, see you later’.”

Spurs have struggled without a main marksman since Kane’s injury and they meekly went out of the Champions League in Germany last night when they folded to a 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig to crash 4-0 on aggregate.

FALL GUY…Ian Black is grounded as he challenges Scott Brown during Celtic’s 2-0 League Cup semi-final win in February 2015.

IAN BLACK, who was bought for Rangers from Hearts by Ally McCoist in 2012, has joined Central Taxis Premier Division side Dunbar United after leaving Tranent.

The one-time Scotland international midfielder, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on Saturday, is poised to make his debut against Sauchie.

In a post on the club’s Facebook page, Dunbar stated: “We are delighted to announce the signing of ex-Hearts and Rangers midfielder Ian Black.

“The manager moved quickly to secure Ian’s signature last week and he joins us at an important stage of the season with every game being a cup final.

“He brings great technical ability, but he also loves a tackle and will add a wealth of experience at the highest level.

“He will go straight into the squad for this weekend’s massive game at home to Sauchie. Welcome to Dunbar United ‘Blackie’.”

Black’s career has gone into a nosedive since being released by the Ibrox outfit in 2015 where he made 83 league appearances and scored five goals. He has had stints with Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool, Skelmersdale United and Chorley before returning to Scotland to sign for local side Tranent.

His solitary Scotland appearance was as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win in a friendly against Australia in 2013.

ST MIRREN have urged supporters feeling under the weather not to attend tonight’s crucial Premiership game against Hearts in Paisley.

With countries throughout Europe taking the decision to play games behind closed doors or cancel them, the Saints are following strict advice on dealing with coronavirus.

Ahead of clash against the Edinburgh side, fans have been issued guidelines by the club.

A statement read: “We would respectfully ask that anyone who has any cold or flu-like symptoms does not attend the game this evening.

“While there is every likelihood that you will just have the cold or flu, it is imperative that we protect the health and well-being of all these who attend the game and we cannot take any risks.

“Our stewards will be briefed accordingly and anyone with cold or flu like symptoms will not be admitted.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”

The club has advised that anyone who becomes unwell at the game should contact the nearest steward who will isolate them from others.

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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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