Rangers are set to complete the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Umaro Balde, Fortuna Sittard’s Mark Diemers is a target for Celtic and Steve Clarke has appointed his Scotland assistant manager.

Rangers to complete deal for Umaro Balde

Steven Gerrard is pressing on with Rangers’ summer transfers and is close to concluding a two-year deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Umaro Balde. The 16-year-old Portugal youth internationalist has won honours with his country and is expected to move to Ibrox on a free transfer.

Mark Diemers to Celtic?

Celtic are one of a number of clubs chasing the signature of Fortuna Sittard midfielder Mark Diemers, report the Scotsman. The 25-year-old has picked up seven goals and seven assists in the Dutch Eredivisie, but Celtic face stiff competition to land the playmaker with Mainz, Hamburg, Freiburg and Gent all reportedly interested too.

Steve Clarke appoints assistant manager

Kilmarnock assistant manager Alex Dyer is set to follow Steve Clarke out of Rugby Park to work as Scotland assistant manager, according to the Scottish Sun. The Englishman will join up with the national team in time for next month’s double-header against Cyprus and Belgium.

Omeonga to return to Easter Road?

Genoa midfielder Stephane Omeonga - who spent the second half of the season on loan at Hibernian - would like to return to the club for the next campaign, according to reports in the Daily Record.

‘Decision time’ for Morelos

Chris Jack reckons that Rangers must now make a final decision on whether or not to cash in on top scorer Alfredo Morelos. Steven Gerrard expects the Colombian to join up with the squad for pre-season training in six weeks’ time, but could be tempted by a lucrative offer.

Tierney to play through pain barrier

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney says that he is willing to ignore his constant pain to take part in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final. The 21-year-old is scheduled to undergo a double hernia operation this summer but is keen to play a part in Celtic’s final game of the season at Hampden. “The plan is to play 90 minutes and I’m hoping I can get through it,” revealed Tierney.

Tierney: We couldn’t have won the league without Neil Lennon

And the left-back has insisted that Celtic would not be on the cusp of a ‘treble Treble’ without the guidance of interim manager Neil Lennon. “We wouldn’t have won the league or been in this position without him,” admitted the full-back.

Fifa drop plans to expand Qatar 2022 to 48 teams 

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a 32-team tournament as originally planned, FIFA has announced. The world governing body had considered expanding its showpiece event to 48 teams but has now determined this is not practical.

McGhee wants four campaigns for Clarke

Ex-Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee reckons that Steve Clarke should be given at least four qualifying campaigns in charge of the national team to try and turn things around. McGhee said: “I’d like the SFA to come out now and say they are going to give Steve two Euros and two World Cups.”

Fans urge UEFA 2020 rethink

Football Supporters Europe has urged UEFA to reconsider its ticketing plans for Euro 2020, saying tickets are still too expensive and not enough have been allocated to the right fans. “The budget of fans has not doubled in four years, so it is ­disappointing to learn UEFA has decided to effectively double prices for those who can only afford to purchase tickets from the bottom category,” said FSE fans’ embassy division director Michael Gabriel.

Robert MacIntyre eyes European Tour win after near miss at Hillside

It’s back to the day job for Robert MacIntyre as he resumes his European Tour duties in Denmark this week following a hectic schedule. And he says he is one clear objective: “The ultimate goal, of course, is to win. I’d made all those cuts at the start of the year but although I was there I wasn’t knocking on the door.”

Harley wants Warriors to channel spirit of 2015

Rob Harley has reminisced about the try that sent Glasgow Warriors on their way to their only major trophy success in 2015 ahead of this weekend’s Pro14 final against Leinster. “I think Leone (Nakarawa) burst through about five or six tacklers and just passed to me when everyone else was beaten, so it wasn’t much to do with me,” admitted Harley. “It was a great score.”

Leinster backs coach Contepomi knows what to expect from old foe Rennie

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi reckons he know what to expect from Glasgow Warriors this weekend after having faced Dave Rennie’s teams before. “He was in Chiefs when I was involved with the Jaguares (and) although Super Rugby and European rugby are different in certain ways, you can see some traits and some touches of Dave has brought to this Glasgow team,” he said.