Rumour Mill: Celtic penalty claims | Jozo Simunovic back | Gai Assulin

Ronny Deila says his side were denied two clear penalties against Motherwell, Celtic star signing Jozo Simunovic to return from injury and Iniesta says Rangers should sign Gai Assulin.
Alan Muir was in charge of Celtic's match against Motherwell. Picture: SNSAlan Muir was in charge of Celtic's match against Motherwell. Picture: SNS
Alan Muir was in charge of Celtic's match against Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Celtic boss hits out over penalty claims

Celtic manager Ronny Deila said Celtic had two clear penalties which were not given by referee Alan Muir during his side’s 1 - 0 win over Motherwell.

The Norwegian said: “We should have had a penalty. It is a big deal, it was a clear handball”. (Sun)

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic set for return

Jozo Simunovic could return to face Malmo on Thursday.

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Celtic manager Ronny Deila said that the defender Jozo Simunovic has the same injury as Jason Denayer did last year - but believes he could return on Thursday. (Sun)

Iniesta urges Rangers to sign Assulin

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta says Rangers should sign former Nou Camp youth player Gai Assulin. The 24 year-old is currently on trial at Ibrox with Mark Warburton currently deciding if he should offer the 24 year-old winger a contract. (Mail)

Gordon Strachan insists Scotland can make World Cup

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan insists his side can qualify for the World Cup in 2018 after signing a two year extension to his contract.

The national side will face England, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in their qualifying group. (Express)

Ann Budge explains how Tynecastle club’s charity is helping the less fortunate in the community

Ronny Deila backs Stefan Johansen to shine against Molde

Ronny Deila feels the real Stefan Johansen can resurface for Celtic in his homeland.

The Norwegian has struggled to show the style that earned him last term’s Player of the Year plaudits from his fellow pros.

This season he’s dipped in and out of form, his tempo and ability to lead from the front lacking at too many crucial moments.

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But his boss and compatriot revealed he’s finally over the injury issues that have held him back from his high-octane pressing game for weeks now. (Mail)

- Scott Brown has been hailed as a role model by Ronny Deila after shaking off an injury on Thursday to take a lead role in Celtic’s midfield against Motherwell on Sunday (Scotsman)

- Nadir Ciftci says Celtic will be hard for Aberdeen to catch after the Parkhead side reached the top of the table yesterday (Mail)

Warburton praises “patient” Rangers

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has hailed his players patience and composure after they came behind against Queen of the South to win 2 - 1 thanks to a late winner by Martyn Waghorn. (Express)

Pattelainen keen to change way Dundee United play

Mixu Pattelainen revealed it took three months for him to get Kilmarnock playing the game the way he wanted.

And it could be the same again at Tannadice – even though it’s time he knows he doesn’t have.

The Finn won Scotland’s Manager of the Year plaudits back in 2011 for the job he did turning the Rugby Park outfit around from a team who’d beaten relegation in the final minute of the previous season into a slick top-six side. (Mail)

- Mixu Paatelainen, Dundee United’s new manager, is under no illusions. On top of acknowledging his side face a battle against relegation should results fail to pick up, he also knows his more talented players will continue to be sold along the way. (Scotsman)