Scottish football transfer news: Rangers eye £1m defender, Celtic’s 15-goal star intimidates future, Hibs keen to make ex-Hearts midfielder new boss, Motherwell wants ace of rivals

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side took a regular-time lead through Joe Aribo and were close to winning in late overtime when Ryan Kent saved a Kevin Trapp effort.

Aaron Ramsey was the player who missed his penalty as Rangers meet Hearts in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

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Here’s the latest headlines, news and transfer speculation surrounding the SPFL and Scottish football:

Rangers are set to miss out on a guaranteed jackpot of more than £25million after losing the Europa League final. If the Ibrox side had defeated Eintracht Frankfurt, they would have automatically entered the Champions League group stage and entered Pot 1. She was predicted to bring the club £25m before factoring in commercial activity and gate receipts. (The Scotsman)

Ex-Celtic ace reveals ‘lack of class’

Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson accused Chris Sutton of “lacking class” after the ex-Celtic striker commented on the Ibrox club’s Europa League final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt. Sutton tweeted: “Great performance in the Europa League from Rangers and the “The players gave it their all. With the amount of penalties they got this season, I imagined them in a shootout. But congratulations to Frankfurt.” Thomson replied: “Lack of class as an ex-player!! Don’t surprise me though! To see other pros get beaten like this regardless of their rivalry is a cruel game at best.” (Different)

All the latest SPFL and Scottish football news, headlines and transfer speculation. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Dundee United have revealed they will have to wait to see if they can keep Dylan Levitt’s services. The Manchester United midfielder was one of the team’s best players but has returned to his home club. United confirmed the expected departures of Benjamin Siegrist, Kevin McDonald, Adrian Sporle, Max Biamou and Florent Hoti but they are still in contract negotiations with Ian Harkes, Lewis Neilson, Flynn Duffy and Finn Robson. (The Scot)

Motherwell has targeted Blair Spittal. The midfielder will leave Ross County once his contract expires after a productive season in the Premier League. He captained the Staggies several times as they reached the top 6 and scored seven goals in 38 games in all competitions. (Scottish Daily Express)

Ex-Motherwell ace wanted by Rangers

Rangers have been credited with an interest in former Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre. West Brom are ready to listen to offers for the centre-back after falling out of favor since Steve Bruce took charge. The 25-year-old joined Wigan Athletic after an impressive season with the Steelmen. Kipre’s performances with the Latics resulted in West Brom signing him for £1million. The Baggies are keen to recoup that money with the Rangers’ longtime admirers, while Norwich City may have an interest. (Birmingham Live)

power to bring Killie back

Alan Power is on the verge of a return to Kilmarnock, 12 months after leaving the club for St Mirren. A one-year deal for the 34-year-old, who played nearly 150 games in his first stint at Rugby Park, is nearing completion. He joined the Buddies last summer after Killie was relegated to the Championship. (daily record)

Abada on transfer speculation

Celtic ace Liel Abada has downplayed all speculation about a possible move after a very successful season at Parkhead. The Israeli star scored ten league goals en route to the Premiership title. He said: “It’s not right now to talk about what’s going to happen next. I’ve just finished my first season at Celtic. I’m having fun here, I’m fine here. What will happen next? I don’t know.” (sport5.co.il)

Ex-Hearts midfielder ready for Hibs job

Lee Johnson is close to being named the next Hibs manager after impressing during the job interview. The former Hearts midfielder convinced the board that he is the man to lead the club forward in the long term. Jon Dahl Tomasson was the other frontrunner but he had more money and Hibs were keen to have someone with Scottish football experience. (The Scot)

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