There’s nothing quite like a good transfer story to get the anticipation going – and thankfully, we have a lots of those today.
Huge money moves, big name transfers and could the Dons face sanctions over their Pittodrie power failure?
Here are today’s top stories…
- Ross County midfielder Tony Dingwall knows it is now or never as he tries to secure his future with his hometown club (Press and Journal)
- Italian outfit Torino are preparing a second bid for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in January (Various)
- Aberdeen FC could face sanctions following a blackout which resulted in players and fans being left in the dark and an SPFL fixture being abandoned (Press and Journal)
- Five more people have been arrested over the disorder that marred the end of the Scottish Cup final, taking the total number to 119 (Press and Journal)
- Police Scotland is investigating 109 reports of child sexual abuse in football, Chief Constable Phil Gormley has said (Press and Journal)
- Rangers manager Mark Warburton has hailed the development of striker Joe Garner and believes the former Preston forward is in the Andy Gray mould. (Various)
- Defender Erik Sviatchenko wants Celtic to continue their momentum by securing victories against Dundee and Partick Thistle at Celtic Park. (The National)
South of the Border
- Tottenham have made enquiries about sEverton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, but they would have to offer at least £35m (Evening Standard)
- Brazil midfielder Oscar, 25, is keen to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place, rather than move to China. (Sky Sports)
- Liverpool owner John W Henry has denied rumours that a Chinese takeover of the club is imminent. (Liverpool Echo)
- Full-back Cesar Azpilicueta’s 200th game for Chelsea was the side’s 10th league win in a row. He tweeted: “We keep working hard and getting points! Another step forward! Happy to make my 200th appearance for the club! Hopefully many more to come.” (Twitter)
- Paul Pogba’s mum says she does not want either son to lose when Manchester United play his brother Florentin’s Saint-Etienne in the Europa League. (Manchester Evening News)
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan claims Malky Mackay can be a “force for good” in Scottish football’s equality and diversity programme after appointing him as performance director.
Mackay’s appointment has sparked controversy given he was the subject of an 11-month investigation by the SFA’s English counterparts over a series of text messages exchanged between himself and his head of recruitment, Iain Moody, while he was Cardiff manager.
The FA took no action, citing Mackay’s expectation of privacy and his voluntary undertaking of programmes to educate himself on equality issues. And Regan feels the former Celtic and Scotland defender’s commitment to self-improvement can be passed on to the game.