Rangers and Celtic keen on Gabbidon



THE Old Firm could be set for another transfer battle as they both have West Ham’s Danny Gabbidon on their radar.

The 31-year-old defender is out of favour at Upton Park and Hammers powerbrokers are keen to shed a chunk of his £25,000 weekly wage.

Rangers and Celtic are
keeping an eye on developments and may slug it out for another star after scraps for Vladimir Weiss and Kris Commons.

Gers boss Walter Smith wants to bolster the backbone of his team and Gabbidon is under consideration.

The wages are a problem but Rangers could take on slightly more than half his earnings.

However, rival gaffer Neil Lennon is also desperate to bring in a central defender after watching Thomas Rogne pick up a calf injury yesterday.

And Lennon will go for Gabbidon if the Hoops fail to seal a deal for Nottingham Forest’s Kelvin Wilson.

The 25-year-old has signed a pre-contract and wants to move to Parkhead now but the clubs have yet to agree a fee.

Negotiations are ongoing but there are concerns a deal won’t be struck before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

Celtic were forced to finish yesterday’s Co-op Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen with full-backs Charlie Mulgrew and Mark Wilson in the centre of defence.

Rogne has joined Glenn Loovens and Daniel Majstorovic on the sidelines and is a doubt for Tuesday’s trip to Pittodrie.

So Lennon is keen to bring in some reinforcements.

He said: “We might go in again for Kelvin. But Forest have been pretty firm.

“Thomas has a calf strain and it might tighten up. To say we’re running out of defenders is an understatement.

“Maybe this will reinforce the club’s efforts to get it over the line. But there can be no guarantees of a deal.”

Despite the concern over Rogne, Lennon left Hampden a happy man.

He said: “The first half was the best I’ve seen from a Celtic team at Hampden in my time.

“I knew it was going to be hard to replicate that in the second half and I had a bit of a go at the lads at full-time. However, I’m thrilled to be in the final.”

Aberdeen took a huge support to Hampden and boss Craig Brown admitted his players had let them down.

He said: “We’re embarrassed we didn’t give our fans a better trip. They forked out a lot of money and we didn’t perform.

“We started poorly and gave ourselves an impossible task. I’m a super-optimist but we had chances to force the game into extra-time.”

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