Scottish football talk: Hendry turned down Engish offers to join Celtic, Caldwell eyes Scotland job with Smith as mentor, WWE star wants to ‘delete’ Rangers striker

Celtic unveil new signing Jack Hendry (SNS Group / Craig Foy)
Celtic unveil new signing Jack Hendry (SNS Group / Craig Foy)

TODAY’S Scottish football rumours and gossip include Jack Hendry’s willingness to turn down offers from down south to play for Celtic, a potential duo taking over the Scotland hot seat and a possible wrestling match between a WWE legend and Rangers’ ‘CumDog’…

Here’s the latest round-up of what’s going on today.

Celtic new boy Jack Hendry says he had offers from England, but turned them down to make a return to Parkhead.

The 22-year-old, who was a former youth star at the club, told Celtic TV that there had been interest from down south but there was only one club he wanted to join.

He made his Hoops debut in the 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock having made the deadline day switch from Dundee.

Meanwhile, Eboue Kouassi wants to live up to his nickname ‘The Lion’ at Celtic.

“It means the big guys in the jungle so for me on the pitch I want to be a lion,” the 20-year-old said. (Daily Record)

To the ongoing saga of the appointment of a new national team manager, and Gary Caldwell says he’d be willing to work with Walter Smith as his mentor, having already thrown his hat into the ring.

He told The Herald & Evening Times that any young manager would learn plenty from Smith, as well as Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson.

He also says that a meeting with Brendan Rodgers was part of his inspiration to take his management career to the next level.

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Elsewhere, Rangers have been granted an overdraft by Close Brothers to fund a range of projects at the club.

Managing director Stewart Robertson says the funding facility is of ‘modest millions’.

In a more bizarre revelation, the Ibrox club may have concerns over Jason Cummings’ future at the club, with the on-loan striker earmarked for ‘DELETION’ by WWE star Matt Hardy.

Cummings was the star of a viral video last year which saw him take on Scots grappler Grado at Hibs’ training ground under the guise of ‘CumDog’.

Now in a Rangers TV interview, he’s said he’d happily team up with Gers fan Grado in a tag-team match against Hardy and his brother Jeff.

It provoked an interesting response from the ‘Woken’ wrestler…

Another interesting character, Vinnie Jones, has revealed he had secret talks with Rangers about a move in the late 1980s.

“You had my dream move – I’d have loved to have played up there,” he added, speaking to Joey Barton on Sunday Post columnist Alan Brazil’s talkSPORT show.

Steven Naismith says Kilmarnock’s artificial pitch ruled out a move back to his first club.

The Scotland star opted to head to Hearts instead on loan from Norwich City.

“The biggest thing was the AstroTurf, for a player of my age, with the injuries I have had,” he said.

“As much as I appreciate Kilmarnock for what they did for me when I was younger, that is something I would never consider.” (BBC)

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John McGinn’s performance against Rangers has put another million on his price tag, according to Hibs boss Neil Lennon.

“He is back to his best and that puts another million pounds on his price tag,” said Lennon. (The National)

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