Celtic & Rangers transfer news: Ex-Gers coach backed to return Ibrox to manager

Celtic & Rangers transfer news: Ex-Gers coach backed to return Ibrox to manager
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The latest Rangers and Celtic news and rumors on Wednesday.

Rangers and Celtic return to domestic action this weekend, with a host of players from both sides set to return from international duty over the next 48 hours.

The Ibrox club face a tricky test against Hearts in Tynecastle while the Hoops have a home game against Motherwell.

Here’s a look at the latest news on both clubs from today…

Davis to weigh the international future

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis insists it will be emotional when it comes time for him to retire from international football but confirmed he will not make any hasty decisions.

Steven Davis gives instructions to his side during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park

The Northern Ireland skipper earned his 140th cap in Tuesday night’s 3-1 Nations League defeat by Greece and is the most capped British international of all time.

The 37-year-old continues to play a leading role for his country but with no games scheduled until next year’s Euro 2024 qualifiers, Davis faces a difficult decision on whether to extend his international career.

With his Rangers contract expiring at the end of the current season, Davis said, “I think it’s important to think and not make knee-jerk decisions.

“When that day comes, it will be very emotional for me, to be honest. Everyone knows how much it means to me to play for Northern Ireland.

“I think I really need to feel like I can still contribute as much as I want and that needs to be shared with everyone.”

Beale tipped to persuade Ibrox to return

Kenny Miller has backed QPR boss Michael Beale in a sensational return to Ibrox as the club’s next manager.

Beale, who mentored Steven Gerrard during his time at Glasgow, left the club with the Liverpool great last year to join his coaching staff at Aston Villa.

He’s had a positive start to his first managerial role at Loftus Road after replacing Mark Warburton this summer and Miller reckons the 42-year-old has all the qualities to be a successful Light Blues manager in the future.

When asked if Beale could succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Miller said: “It depends on the timing. If it happened soon, it might be too soon for him.

“I think he’ll be a good manager and one day he’ll manage Rangers. When I see him from a distance and listen to him, he speaks great and he’s a really good coach. He knows what he is doing. He’s had a great start at QPR.”

Ex-Celtic gets job in Huddersfield Town

Former Hoops midfielder Mark Fotheringham has been appointed as Huddersfield Town head coach with a contract until June 2025.

The 38-year-old replaces Danny Schofield at John Smith’s Stadium with the Terriers sitting 23rd in the English Championship.

Fortheringham was most recently assistant coach to Felix Magath at Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga to ensure survival last season.

He was previously in contention to manage Vfl Bochum but will now embark on a management career in the UK after a brief coaching stint at Cowdenbeath in 2017.

Fotheringham has built an impressive reputation in Germany after successful stints at FC Ingolstadt and Karlsruher SC.

Leigh Bromby, Huddersfield Head of Football said: “Mark has worked with some of the best coaches at some top clubs. Most recently, he was with a big city club at Hertha Berlin last season under a coach who has been at the top for many successful years.

“Before that he worked under Michael Henke – a man who has twice won the Champions League as a coach. This is on top of his other experiences in the UK and Europe as a coach and player since he was 16.”

Former borrower rocks Middle East transfer

Former Celtic defender Jason Denayer has made a surprise move to UAE Pro-League club Shabab Al-Ahli.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila welcomes new signing Jason Denayer. Image: SNS

The Belgium international has signed a one-year deal with the Middle Eastern club after leaving Ligue 1 side Lyon in August.

The ex-Hoops loanee helped Ronny Deila’s side to a league and cup double from Manchester City during his 2014/15 season and was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year while representing the Scottish champions.

Further loans at Galatasaray and Sunderland followed and Denayer will now continue his career in the Middle East having attracted interest from several European clubs.

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