Celtic and Rangers transfer news: Villa reportedly drop Sinclair price, Warburton admits next signing may not be imminent

Scott Sinclair celebrates after scoring the first goal for Aston Villa from the penalty spot

A select round-up of the latest news involving Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers and Brendan Rodgers' Hoops.

Manchester City's Fernando in action with Aston Villa's Scott SinclairAston Villa's Scott Sinclair

Celtic have been put on alert after the Birmingham Mail reported that Aston Villa will now accept £4m for Scott Sinclair after previously wanting as much as £6m for the winger (via Daily Mail).

The Hoops have made numerous bids for the 27-year-old, but may now be much more encouraged about their chances of landing Sinclair following the reported drop in asking price. 

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring their first goal with a penaltyPreston's Joe Garner

Rangers' reported pursuit of Preston North End striker Joe Garner has been dealt a blow as the Lancashire Evening Telegraph has claimed that the Lilywhites have absolutely no intention of the letting the 28-year-old leave this summer.

Wigan Athletic have also been linked with the forward - who has two years left on his deal at Deepdale - recently, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph reports.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

Preston's desire to keep hold of Garner may well be one of the reasons that Mark Warburton has had to admit to Herald Scotland that it is unlikely that the Light Blues will be signing anymore players before they get their league campaign underway. 

The Gers take on Hamilton next Saturday but Warburton has quashed almost all hope of another new signing being involved in the game.

"I don't think we'll get the players we’re looking for before the start of the league season," he told Herald Scotland.

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One of their summer signings, Jordan Rossiter has admitted to the club's official Youtube channel that he was surprised when he heard that the Gers were interested in signing him from Liverpool.

"When they showed a bit of interest I was shocked to be honest," he told the club's official Youtube channel.

Eoghan O'Connell has told the Evening Times that he would rather stay with Celtic and fight for a place in the team than go out on loan. 

The youngster has another rival for a position in the side following the arrival of Kolo Toure, but he insisted that he has no plans to leave. 

"I would rather take my chances at Celtic than go out on loan. It's a huge club. I have been here since I was 16. My main aim since I came here is to play here and make it here and that's hopefully what I'm going to do," he told the Evening Times.

Finally, ahead of their pre-season friendly with the Bhoys, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has told the Daily Record that he wants Brendan Rodgers' men to qualify for the group-stages of the Champions League.

"We have had some games against Celtic that I will always remember, and they are a big club, with big fans, and I would like to see them qualify this year - it is where they belong," he told the Record.

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