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Scotland latest: Italian legend interested in Celtic move; Rangers hunting more additions

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1) Alessandro Del Piero keen on Celtic move

Italian great Alessandro Del Piero has stated that a move to Celtic would be of interest to him.

Del Piero is available on a free transfer after he left Australian side Sydney FC this summer and Celtic have been rumoured to rekindle their interest in the front-man who they tried to sign two years ago.

That time their efforts proved fruitless, but Del Piero’s comments have given the Bhoys hope that they could pull off the sensational coup this time around.

“Two years ago it was interesting and it would be interesting again,” the former Juventus man said to the Scottish Sun.

“If we could talk then great. If you want I’ll give you my phone number and you can pass it on! Celtic are a great team and I’ve always enjoyed playing in Scotland, so who knows?”

2) Teemu Pukki was expecting things to be easy in Scotland

Teemu Pukki has found his initial views on Scottish football incorrect, after struggling to find his feet since moving to Celtic.

Pukki joined the club last season and says that he expected things to be easy in the SPL, but he has admitted that he was wrong about the standard of football in the country.

The Finnish international joined from Schalke and was expecting a big drop in standard from the Bundesliga, but after only scoring seven times last season he has had to re-evaluate his opinion.

“Last season was not the best for me. It took me some time to get used to the game in Scotland because it was very different,” Pukki said.

“The game is quicker and more physical. You don’t get much time on the ball, that’s for sure. It is probably better than I thought as well.

“When I first arrived maybe I thought it would be easier but Scottish football is not easy. It’s not a bad league at all, it’s a very good one.

“I was used to being at a big club from my time at Schalke but coming here was even bigger again.

The 24-year-old is now hoping to make a fresh start next season and prove that he was a worthwhile buy and his goal against Rapid Vienna in Celtic’s most recent friendly has encouraged him that he can do just that.

Pukki said: “It is always nice to get your first goal of the season. It gets me up and running and hopefully I can score a few more when the campaign starts for real.

3) Lee Wallace encourages Rangers to sign Marius Zaliukas

Lee Wallace is hoping that Rangers will sign trialist Marius Zaliukas and set up a reunion.

Wallace played with Zaliukas at Hearts for five years and says that he has a ‘telepathic’ understanding with the commanding centre-back.

Zaliukas is out of contract, after his deal expired at Leeds, and has been training with Rangers, with the Scottish giants hoping to conclude his permanent transfer to the club in the near future. And, if they are able to it would certainly please Wallace.

“We don’t know what will happen over the next two or three weeks, but, if he signs, he has great attributes for a centre-half. I’ve known that for a long time,” he said. “It has been good seeing him these last few days and, hopefully, he can sort something out in the next few weeks.”

4) Rangers looking for more additions

Ally McCoist is hoping to bring in further players to help Rangers challenge for promotion from the Scottish Championship this season.

The Gers boss has already signed three new recruits this summer, but he is not content to stop there and is hunting for more talent to add to his squad.

"I am still looking to strengthen the squad,” he said.

"We have already strengthened with the players that we have brought in. But we need to continue that.

“I would like to get another defender in.”

5) Dundee United fail with bid for League Two star

Dundee United have failed with their attempts to sign Mansfield Town ace Ryan Tafazolli.

The towering centre-back was thought to be one of the Scottish clubs top targets this summer, but Mansfield were determined to keep hold of the 22-year-old, who has established himself as one of their star players.

Mansfield manager Paul Cox admitted that ‘every player has a price’, but felt that Dundee United’s bid was far below their asking price for defender, who made 24 appearances for the club last season.

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