Celtic and Rangers transfer news: Warburton discusses van Persie rumours, Hoops coach confirms Sinclair interest

Robin van Persie - Arsenal

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

Fenerbahce's Robin Van Persie at the end of the gameRobin Van Persie

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told the Evening Times that there is no truth in the rumours linking the Gers with a move for Robin van Persie.

The Netherlands international was heavily linked with an Ibrox switch, but Warburton has explained why a deal will not happen.

"Out of our pay league I think is a fair comment," he told the Evening Times.

"He's an unbelievably talented player but absolutely nothing in it whatsoever. I'm bemused to hear some of the stories, including betting being suspended."

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

Celtic coach John Kennedy has confirmed to BBC Sport that the Hoops are interested in Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair.

Kennedy was responding to questions about whether the Hoops had bid for the 27-year-old as reports had suggested. And while he did not confirm or deny the move, he did admit that he is on their radar. 

"He is one that has been mentioned, but he's still an Aston Villa player. That is certainly the calibre of player we're looking at," he told BBC Sport.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conferenceKolo Toure

Former Bhoys midfielder Alan Thompson has backed summer signing Kolo Toure to be a success at Parkhead, The Scottish Sun reports.

Thompson also outlined how many more signings he would like to see before the window shuts.

"Kolo Toure will be good for them. He's experienced, he's calm, he's got a presence, but I think they would fancy that they could need one or two more," he told The Scottish Sun.

Toure's former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez has echoed Thompson's comments by suggesting that the centre-back is an excellent addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad, The Scottish Sun reports.

"Kolo is a great signing for Celtic. He has so much experience playing at the top level for Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal," he told The Scottish Sun.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJordan Rossiter

Meanwhile, Jordan Rossiter has told the Evening Times that Mark Warburton can help continue his fledgling international career. 

The midfielder has already represented England at four youth levels, and he has backed Warburton to help him to continue moving through the ranks. 

"The manager can definitely help me. He is always speaking to you, helping you out," he told the Evening Times.

"He really is a gaffer that wants to help. That's what you need in a big team."

Finally, Warburton has explained to the Evening Times that summer signing Matt Crooks is now back running again after recovering from injury, and will be line to make his Light Blues debut in the near future.

"Matt was running on the grass [on Thursday] morning so hopefully he is two weeks away from joining the squad again. Obviously he will have to catch up with his fitness," he told the Evening Times.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch