Regional Paper Talk: Given's Celtic dream

Shay Given has revealed he would love to play for Celtic, while Sven-Goran Eriksson has emerged as a shock applicant for the Scotland job.

Last Updated: 16/11/12 at 15:21 Post Comment

Shay Given: Would like to play for Celtic

Shay Given: Would like to play for Celtic

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham must finish above Arsenal this season to secure Champions League football and revealed he has received constant reminders from chairman Daniel Levy about the importance of Saturday's north London derby.

Hugo Lloris has admitted he is finding life tough at Tottenham as he continues to be overlooked by Andre Villas-Boas in the Premier League.

Joey Barton has revealed that he'd like to remain at Marseille.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Whatever happens to Mark Hughes on Saturday - the QPR manager insists he could not have done more to change the fortunes of the club.

Alex Kacaniklic has vowed to fill the void left by crocked Fulham team-mate Kieran Richardson.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City have no plans to buy Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Reports in Thursday's papers suggested the Blues are readying a bid of up to £50m for the Anfield talisman. But a senior source at City has confirmed that there is no interest from the Etihad Stadium.

Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to receiving an exciting Christmas present - a fully fit United squad.

Roberto Mancini claims that when Sergio Aguero miraculously won the Premier League title, he got an assist from the Virgin Mary!

LIVERPOOL ECHO

David Moyes wants to extend the Everton careers of Phil Neville and Sylvain Distin by another 12 months.

Adam Morgan hopes he can help save Brendan Rodgers the hassle of spending big-money on a new striker - but admits the fan in him wants to see Liverpool splash the cash this January.

Jamie Carragher has praised the contribution made by Liverpool FCs youngsters in recent weeks, and says Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for the faith he has shown in the clubs Academy prospects.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew admits his options for Newcastle's clash with Swansea City have been decimated.

John Carver has challenged Newcastle United's stars to prove just how good they are against Michael Laudrup's Swansea City on Saturday.

Simon Mignolet insists every away point is precious as Sunderland look to turn their season round at Fulham this weekend.

THE JOURNAL

Connor Wickham's proposed move to Sheffield Wednesday is in the balance after the Black Cats told the Owls to cover 50% of his weekly wage to push through a loan deal.

Shola Ameobi insists there are no grounds for "panic" at Newcastle United - despite admitting the team's start to the season has been "disappointing".

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea City are sweating on the fitness of Pablo Hernandez ahead of Saturday's trip to Newcastle United.

Michael Laudrup has told Swansea City they must be ready to battle if they are to avoid a slog on the Tyne this weekend.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City's acting chairman Peter Pannu says club are not in active talks with Gianni Paladini.

Five new players will be brought in but Lee Clark will remain as manager if Italian consortium buy Birmingham City, Gianni Paladini tells the Birmingham Mail.

Jonas Olsson welcomes back former boss Roberto Di Matteo this Saturday claiming everyone has emerged a winner since the Italian's departure from The Hawthorns.

EXPRESS & STAR

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has revealed he would love to play for boyhood club Celtic before he decides to hang up his gloves.

Wolves could wait until January until they take Emmanuel Frimpong on loan - despite the Arsenal midfielder reportedly turning down a loan move to Ipswich.

Billy Jones today admitted the pressure is on to keep his Albion place now that Steven Reid is pushing for a first-team return.

THE DAILY ECHO

Saints fans have backed Paulo Gazzaniga to continue in goal for Saturday's basement battle with QPR.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says he is enormously proud of Ryan Shawcross after the defender made his England debut last night.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Roberto Martinez admits Ronnie Stam gave him a timely reminder of his ability with a sparkling cameo against West Brom.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Dougie Freedman has stepped up his influence on the training ground by bringing his players in for double sessions in the build-up to Saturday's clash with Barnsley.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Colin Kazim-Richards and Gael Givet are expected to return to Blackburn Rovers' squad for Saturday's trip to Peterborough as boss Henning Berg looks for his first win.

EVENING TIMES

Sven-Goran Eriksson has emerged as a shock applicant for the Scotland manager's job.

THE SCOTSMAN

The 30 Scottish Football League clubs have voted unanimously to pursue a reconstruction proposal which chief executive David Longmuir believes will breathe new life into the game.

Vladimir Romanov was today urged to hand over control of Hearts to supporters in an open letter from the Save Our Hearts fans' group. They are asking the Russian businessman to give his majority shareholding to Alex Mackie's Foundation of Hearts consortium, which aims to run the club on behalf of its playing public.

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