More arrivals in Glasgow
Old Firm warm up with summer signings
Football: Celtic and Rangers were busy in the transfer market yesterday, Moussa Dembele arriving at Parkhead from Fulham while Lee Hodson, who was a member of the Northern Ireland squad at Euro 2016, is expected to sign on at Ibrox.
French forward Dembele is Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as Celtic manager and has agreed a four-year contract in a deal said to be worth £500,000.
The 19-year-old France youth international hit 17 goals in the English Championship last season. He was rumoured to be joining Tottenham Hotspur in January and has chosen Celtic over some of Europe’s top clubs.
Lee Hodson will become Rangers manager Mark Warburton’s seventh summer signing today, Rangers have also offered a trial to veteran American defender Oguchi Onyewu.
Warburton is also confident of concluding a deal for a new striker before the end of this week.
Full-back Hodson helped Kilmarnock retain their Premiership status ast season when on loan from MK Dons and worked with Warburton at both Watford and Brentford.
Hibernian are expected to make a move for veteran strikers Grant Holt, 35, and 32-year-old Scott McDonald.
Former Norwich City striker Holt has left Rochdale while McDonald may opt for a move rather than accept a new offer from Motherwell on lower wages.
Hibs boss Neil Lennon told Hibs TV: “I think they’ve got good qualities and they bring experience – we lack that a little bit in certain parts of the team.”
Hibs open their season in the second qualifying round of the Europa League on 14 July against either Brondby of Denmark or Valur of Iceland.
Lennon said: I’m sure there will also be a couple of players moving out the door, either on loan or permanently.”
Former England international Emile Heskey declined a move to Easter Road because he wanted to move into coaching.
Golf: Colin Montgomerie will return to the Open after a six-year absence, following qualification for the tournament at Gailes Links.
After finishing third behind Swede Oskar Arvidsson and Spaniard Scott Fernandez, the 53-year-old Scot secured a place at Royal Troon, his home town club.
He said: “This was my last opportunity to play in The Open on my own course, so it is very special.”