Celtic and Rangers transfer news: Gers offer Senderos a contract and hold interest in winger

Aston Villa's Philippe Senderos

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

Aston Villa's Philippe SenderosPhilippe Senderos

A report in The Times has claimed that Rangers are waiting for a response after offering Philippe Senderos a contract at Ibrox.

The former Premier League defender is said to have been impressed by Mark Warburton during initial discussions, The Times reports, and is mulling over a possible move back to British football. 

Chesterfield's Gboly Ariyibi in actionChesterfield's Gboly Ariyibi in action

Despite already signing nine players this summer, Senderos is not the only man still on Warburton's radar as HITC Sport reports that Chesterfield winger Gboly Ariyibi is attracting attention from the Light Blues.

However, HITC Sport reports that six other clubs, including Premier League newbies Burnley are also keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.

Mark Warburton issued a cagey response when asked by Sky Sports News (broadcast August 4th) whether Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar would start the Gers' season opener against Hamilton this weekend.

However, he did hint that they will have a part to play in the game.

"That's too much information, but certainly they'll be involved," he told Sky Sports News.

Leeds' Ross McCormackRoss McCormack

A report in the Birmingham Mail has claimed that Ross McCormack's move to Aston Villa could prove to be good news for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers as it may leave the path clear for the Hoops to sign Scott Sinclair.

The Mail reports that the Scottish Premiership champions have already made a handful of bids but may now have more success following McCormack's arrival at Villa Park.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Hearts captain Michael Stewart has told BBC Sport that he expects Celtic to pip Rangers to the league title this season, despite how quiet the Bhoys have been in the transfer market.

"There's obviously not been a great deal done in the transfer market, yet. I think Brendan Rodgers will improve the side, regardless. I think they will win the title," he told BBC Sport.

Finally, Rodgers has told the Daily Mail that while the Celtic supporters were fantastic in the dramatic win over Astana in the Champions League third qualifying round, they need to be a bit more understanding at times.

"The only thing I would say is that, they [the fans] were unbelievable for us, but they need to show a bit of patience, as well," he told the Mail.

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