Steven Gerrard: Rangers manager wants ‘everyone at it’ for cup visit to Hamilton

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Ianis Hagi fired in a late winner for Rangers against Hibs on Wednesday
Scottish Cup fifth round: Hamilton Academical v Rangers
Venue: FOYS Stadium Date: Saturday, 8 February Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
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Steven Gerrard wants Rangers to build on an “extremely positive” second-half show against Hibernian as they try to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

A late Ianis Hagi goal sealed a comeback win on Wednesday to keep Rangers seven points behind Celtic.

And the Ibrox boss wants a similar approach in their last-16 cup tie at Hamilton Academical on Saturday.

“I'll be looking for the same standards, people being really tuned in to get the right result,” said Gerrard.

“This is a club that demands that you give everything in every competition, you can't pick and choose.

“We'll be going to Hamilton in decent shape, certainly on the back of the second-half performance against Hibs, which was extremely positive and very close to where we've been for most of the season. Hopefully we can take off from there.”

Having fallen behind, Rangers drew level with Hibs in first-half stoppage time and went on to dominate the rest of the match, pinning the visitors back for long stretches.

“It was a really strong 45 minutes,” said Gerrard. “Collectively, everyone was at it. Both in and out of possession, the intensity levels were exactly where I want them.

“We had 15 corners and I think it was the second most crosses we've put in in a game. We could have scored another two or three goals, but for their keeper and players not taking chances at the time.”

Midfielder Ryan Jack remains sidelined but on-loan Florian Kamberi is available after sitting out against parent club Hibs, with Gerrard saying there “won't be wholesale changes” for the cup tie.

Rangers have won on their last nine visits to Accies but Gerrard remains wary of a side who drew at St Mirren on Wednesday after staying level with Celtic for 77 minutes despite a first-half red card for Jamie Hamilton last weekend.

“Every environment is different,” he said. “They are very effective on their pitch. They've got a good coach and they have players who can hurt you if you don't defend properly.

“Every time we've gone there, they've tried to stay in the game for as long as they can. We've had to finish them off late on.”

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Transfer rumours: Pogba, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Ozil, Traore, Martinez

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Manchester United have taken £30m off their asking price for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, who will be allowed to leave for £150m. (Sun)

Pogba has been excluded from the Manchester United's trip to Spain. (Star)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning a major overhaul of his squad, with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 28 and former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, all expected to be up for sale. (Sun)

Barcelona are considering a summer move to bring Wolves' Spanish winger Adama Traore, 24, back to Catalonia. (Mail)

Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, is set to snub Manchester City and Manchester United this summer to join Barcelona instead. (Star)

Manchester United ruled out a move for Martinez because of a £94m release clause for the Argentina striker. (Times – subscription required)

Tottenham's English defender Japhet Tanganga, the 20-year-old home-grown product, is in talks over a 1,500% pay rise from his current £1,000 per week salary following his first-team breakthrough. (Mail)

Chelsea have emerged as the preferred team for Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 23, this summer, with the Blues considering whether to replace Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (

Everton are not considering a move for Everton Soares, 23, despite Gremio's Brazilian forward claiming both Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti and their Brazilian striker Richarlison had been in touch over a potential transfer. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United want “no less” than £15m for English defender Chris Smalling, 30. (Team Talk)

Former England striker Les Ferdinand says revealed he has been subjected to racist abuse by QPR fans in his role as director of football. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool have been told they may have to soon make a decision over the future of Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi, 22, who is out of favour at Mainz, having joined the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan last summer. (Liverpool Echo)

The wife of Hertha Berlin's new Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24, has denied reports she did not want him to move to Tottenham. (Sport Witness)

Barcelona will not pay any commission to agent Jorge Mendes for the signing of 20-year-old Portuguese forward Francisco Trincao from Braga. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful Welsh playmaker David Brooks, 22, is close to regaining full fitness having not featured for the Cherries this season because of an ankle problem. (Bournemouth Echo)

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FA coaching guidelines will restrict heading by under-18s in training

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Dementia in football: Alan Shearer undergoes MRI scan

The FA is set to launch new coaching guidelines that will restrict the amount of heading by under-18 players in training.

The new guidelines, first reported in the Times, have yet to be finalised but will not entirely ban heading.

Last month, BBC Scotland revealed the Scottish FA was set to ban under-12s heading the ball in training.

A study in October found the first links between playing professionally and dying from dementia.

The study, by Glasgow University and commissioned by the FA and the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), found former professional footballers were three and a half times more likely to die of degenerative brain disease than people of the same age range in the general population.

The FA's new guidelines, expected to be issued later this month, will only apply in training and not in matches.

In December, two months after the release of the study's findings, the FA's head of medicine Charlotte Cowie said: “The FA's independently chaired research taskforce has instigated a review of possible changes to heading coaching and training at all levels to decrease overall exposure to heading without compromising technique.

“It is imperative that football now does everything it can to further understand what caused this increased risk and what can be done to ensure that future generations of footballers are protected.”

A ban on children heading the ball has been in place in the US since 2015.

The inquest into the death of former West Brom striker Jeff Astle found heading heavy leather footballs repeatedly had contributed to trauma to his brain

The study began after claims that former West Brom striker Jeff Astle died because of repeated head trauma.

Former England international Astle developed dementia and died in 2002 at the age of 59. The inquest into his death found heading heavy leather footballs repeatedly had contributed to trauma to his brain.

The long-awaited study was commissioned by the FA and PFA after delays in initial research had angered Astle's family.

It began in January last year and was led by consultant neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart, who said that “risk ranged from a five-fold increase in Alzheimer's disease, through an approximately four-fold increase in motor neurone disease, to a two-fold Parkinson's disease in former professional footballers compared to population controls”.

It compared the deaths of 7,676 former players to 23,000 from the general population.

The sample was taken from men who played professional football in Scotland, and were born between 1900 and 1976.

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Celtic & Hamilton charged by Scottish FA for not acting in ‘orderly fashion’

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Alex Gogic and Leigh Griffiths clashed after the Celtic striker's tangle with Sam Woods

Celtic and Hamilton Academical have been charged by the Scottish FA for failing to act “in an orderly fashion” in Sunday's Scottish Premiership game.

It relates to a first-half incident when players from each team surrounded referee Nick Walsh after Leigh Griffiths stood on Accies' Sam Woods.

The clubs face a hearing at Hampden on 20 February.

“I didn't think there was much in it but we'll see what the hearing brings,” Celtic manager Neil Lennon said.

Celtic have also been charged with the same offence in their Scottish Cup tie at Partick Thistle on 18 January.

The complaint in that instance relates to defender Jozo Simunovic confronting referee Alan Muir after Thistle were awarded a penalty.

They have been charged under disciplinary rule 204 which states players and staff must “conduct themselves in an orderly fashion at all times” and refrain from “confrontation” and “conduct likely to lead to or to exacerbate or prolong a hostile or argumentative situation”.

If found guilty, the clubs could face a fine ranging from £2,500 to £20,000.

Premiership leaders Celtic won the match 4-1 at Hamilton's Fountain of Youth Stadium, with Griffiths avoiding further punishment for his tangle with Woods, which happened when the game was goalless.

The Griffiths incident was referred by Scottish FA compliance officer Clare Whyte to a three-man panel of former referees, who did not agree it was a red-card offence.

“From the angle I saw it at, I knew there was no malice or intent in it so the correct decision was made,” added Lennon, speaking on BBC Scotland.

Hamilton were later reduced to 10 men in the first half when Jamie Hamilton received a straight red for denying Griffiths a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Celtic won the cup tie with Thistle 2-1 to progress to a meeting with League One Clyde on Sunday.

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Transfer rumours: Pogba, Sane, Dembele, Stones, Gabriel, Grealish, Maddison, Bale

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France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, has told his Manchester United team-mates he still wants to leave the club in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus are considering making a move for Manchester City and Germany winger Leroy Sane in the summer, with the 24-year-old also a target for Bayern Munich. (Calcio Mercato, via Inside Futbol)

Chelsea are prepared to give manager Frank Lampard £150m to spend in the summer with Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, his top target. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign two centre-backs this summer in a move that casts fresh doubt over the future of England defender John Stones, 25. (Times, subscription required)

Manchester United will prioritise a move for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, in the summer with fellow Englishman James Maddison, 23, moving closer to signing a new deal with Leicester City. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid are monitoring the availability of former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should they part company with Diego Simeone in the summer. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are interested in Feyenoord and Turkey Under-21 midfielder Orkun Kokcu, 19. (Mail)

Arsenal and Everton made offers for Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, 20, in January, but did not meet his club's valuation. (Le10 Sport, via Team Talk)

Manchester United are poised to prioritise a huge summer bid for Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, after Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison, 23, moved closer to signing a new deal with the Foxes. (Mirror)

Leicester City and Newcastle United are prepared to pay £15m for Brentford and Algeria winger Said Benrahma, 24, in the summer. (Sun)

Gareth Bale's agent has denied reports that Tottenham made an offer for the 30-year-old Real Madrid and Wales forward during the January transfer window. (Talksport)

Athletic Bilbao are keeping an eye on the situation of former keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after the 25-year-old Spain international was dropped by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for the game against Leicester City. (Sun)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, 72, could leave the Selhurst Park side in the summer unless he is given assurances over the club's summer transfer plans. (Times – subscription required)

Matej Vydra's agent has claimed Rangers and Aston Villa had bids rejected for the 27-year-old Czech Republic and Burnley striker during the January transfer window. (Sport24, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United are expecting Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 32, to leave in the summer, along with English third-choice keeper Lee Grant, 37. (Sun)

Arsenal are interested in Feyenoord's Turkish midfielder Orkun Kokcu and have repeatedly scouted the 19-year-old. (Mail)

Leicester City's head of senior recruitment Lee Congerton watched Turkey and Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, 23, over the weekend. (Fotospor, via Leicester Mercury)

Bournemouth face a battle to persuade Norway forward Josh King, 28, to sign a new contract following the collapse of his deadline-day move to Manchester United. (Telegraph)

German goalkeeper Loris Karius is in trouble at Besiktas as the club believe the 26-year-old, who is on loan from Liverpool, has spent too much time partying of late. (Star)

Manchester City are monitoring Red Bull Salzburg's Austrian ‘wonderkid' Luka Reischl, with Juventus also interested in the 16-year-old striker. (Calcio Mercato, via Talksport)

Former West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed the poor form of 33-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Roberto contributed to his sacking. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea could be set to re-sign French winger Jeremie Boga, 23, from Sassuolo this summer, according to the Italian club's president Giovanni Carnevali. (Goal, via Independent)

West Ham have announced they plan to have new seating at London Stadium in place for the start of next season to bring the fans closer to the pitch. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace are unable to recall Norway striker Alexander Sorloth, 24, from his two-year Trabzonspor loan, despite him scoring 16 goals in 19 games for the Turkish side this season. (Sutton and Croydon Guardian)

Leicester City and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 31, was “very close” to joining Italian side Inter Milan during the January transfer window. (Calcio Mercato, via Leicester Mercury)

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Gambling in football: Bookmakers considering ban on shirt and pitch-side advertising

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10 clubs in the Premier League are currently sponsored by gambling firms

Bookmakers are “considering” a voluntary ban on football shirt sponsorship and pitch-side advertising, a parliamentary committee has heard.

It would expand on the whistle-to-whistle ban on television gambling adverts introduced last year.

Half of Premier League clubs and 17 of 24 Championship clubs are sponsored by bookmakers.

That had led to concerns about the potential impact on young fans and vulnerable people.

Brigid Simmonds, chair of the The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which represents 90% of the betting and gaming industry, told the House of Lords' Gambling Industry Committee that the whistle-to-whistle ban has reduced gambling advertising on television by 85%.

However, she conceded that some of the advertising may have moved online and added: “We may well need to do more and we are absolutely open to that”.

Asked whether her organisation was considering banning gambling logos from football shirts and perimeter stadium advertising, she said: “We are certainly looking at the whole issue of sponsorship.

“I think, as one of us said earlier, there are good messages. All the sponsorship that goes with clubs is about putting responsible messages on shirts as well as the name.

“We can consider this going forward, we are active in considering it.

“But I would also say, as someone who has worked a lot in sport in the last 50 years, that actually grass-roots sports benefit from a lot of the money that is put into sport.

“We want that sponsorship to be used responsibly.”

GVC, the parent company of Ladbrokes and Coral, has already withdrawn its sponsorship in football.

Its chief executive Kenny Alexander called for a wider industry move in this area, saying: “I think it needs to be seriously cut down”.

“Is the industry too much in the face of the consumer at the moment?” he said.

“Is there too much TV advertising, is there too much sponsorship? … I think that is undoubtedly the case and something I feel should be looked at.

“There are probably too many gambling adverts and too much noise about gambling in front of consumers in the UK at the moment.”

John Coates, joint chief executive of Bet365 and vice-chairman of Stoke City, said “I do hear the concerns” about the amount of advertising and said he “welcomes” the review of the Gambling Act.

However, he also said: “Stoke City survives on the money we put into it”.

Meanwhile, Conor Grant, chief operating officer of Sky Betting and Gaming, which sponsors the EFL, said: “I think it is important that we do have the opportunity to advertise as a business and I think it is really important we do that responsibly. The tone with which we do it, and the frequency, is all up for discussion. We welcome the review that is happening.”

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Transfer rumours: Kepa, Lingard, Werner, Bale, Gabriel, Mbappe

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is in a battle with the club to sell Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid and Roma are leading the chase to sign English midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, if he leaves Manchester United. (ESPN)

Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea target Timo Werner says he will be open to a move to the right club. The Germany striker has 25 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig this season. (Kicker – via Evening Standard)

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, is likely to move to the Chinese Super League or the MLS, rather than the Premier League, when he leaves the Spanish club. (Star)

Arsenal and Everton failed in their bids to sign Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel, 22, in January. (Le10Sport – in French)

Paris St-Germain's French striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, will not use his recent touchline dispute with Thomas Tuchel as an opportunity to leave, the French club's manager says. (Goal)

Real Madrid are ready to move to sign 21-year-old Mbappe. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Manchester United considered a move for Brighton striker Glenn Murray, 36, in the January transfer window. (Mail)

The Red Devils should have chased Southampton's Englishstriker Danny Ings, 27, rather than sign Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo on transfer deadline day, says former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. (Metro)

Wales manager and former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs says the club's new Portuguese midfield signing Bruno Fernandes, 25, could be a defensive “liability”. (Sun)

Liverpool are eager to tie Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, 27, down to new long-term contracts. (Independent)

Bournemouth and Norway striker Joshua King, 28, was frustrated after Manchester United did not make a third bid for him on transfer deadline day. (Athletic – subscription required)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has said he is concerned about the failure to agree a new contract with English midfielder Matty Longstaff, 19. (Telegraph – subscription required)

Inter Milan were close to agreeing a deal for Leicester's Algerian striker Islam Slimani, 31, during the final few days of the January window. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Napoli's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 34, was offered to Barcelona in the January transfer window. (AS)

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Jurgen Klopp’s presence always felt at Liverpool – Neil Critchley

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Highlights: Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's presence will be felt in the FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury Town, says Under-23s coach Neil Critchley.

Klopp said he and his first-team players will not be at Anfield on Tuesday so they can observe the Premier League's inaugural winter break.

“He supports the young players unbelievably well,” Critchley said.

“Even if he is not there, he is always felt by our younger players and by myself.”

Tuesday will be the second time Critchley has overseen a first-team match this campaign after taking charge of December's Carabao Cup tie at Aston Villa while Klopp was with the senior squad at the Club World Cup in Qatar.

Immediately after the 2-2 draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on 26 January, Klopp said he and the first team would not be at the replay before saying the club were honouring a letter from the Premier League sent in April 2019 and “nothing would change” if they played the game.

Liverpool previously fielded young sides in the 5-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Villa and the FA Cup third-round win over Everton.

He added: “I also think maybe 1% that came into his thinking with his decision was the way we played against Aston Villa, he maybe thought the boys deserved another opportunity.”

Liverpool are expected to field a similar team to the one that played against Villa – which had an average age of 19 years and 182 days.

Their only injury doubt is left-back Yasser Larouci, who played at Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury are expecting to take more than 5,000 fans to Anfield, in the hope of causing an upset and setting up a trip to Chelsea in the fifth round.

Sam Ricketts is set to play a similar team to the first game, with new signings Conor McAleny, Kayne Ramsay and Harry Burgoyne unavailable after not being registered for the initial tie.

A first – the stats

  • Liverpool host Shrewsbury in a match for the first time, Their two previous meetings were both at Shrewsbury in FA Cup fourth-round ties – a 4-0 win for the Reds in February 1996 and the 2-2 draw on 26 January.
  • In all competitions, Shrewsbury have won one of their 28 away matches against sides from the top flight (W1 D3 L24), a 1-0 League Cup victory at Leicester City in August 2014.
  • Liverpool have won just one of their past five home FA Cup matches against sides from outside the Premier League (W1 D3 L1) – three of those five games have ended 0-0.
  • In all competitions, Shrewsbury will be the 99th different English team to play at Anfield and the first new opponent for the Reds since Havant & Waterlooville in January 2008. Only eight of the previous 98 won their first away game at Liverpool, most recently Wimbledon in March 1987.
  • Shrewsbury Town's Jason Cummings scored with both of his shots on target in their 2-2 draw in the original tie against Liverpool. Shrewsbury were the first team to come from two goals behind to avoid defeat against the Reds since West Bromwich Albion in April 2018.
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Tottenham 2-0 Man City: This was no Jose Mourinho masterclass – Jermaine Jenas

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The statistics behind Tottenham's win on Sunday might suggest it was another Jose Mourinho masterclass. In reality it was more a story of Manchester City's missed chances.

Yes, in the early stages Spurs looked quite solid and strong, which is the way Mourinho likes to set his sides up in these big games, but City did what they always do and broke them down.

Spurs showed character and hung in there thanks to a couple of big moments – the biggest one being Hugo Lloris' first-half penalty save, which is when they might have started believing this could be their day.

But if City were anything like as clinical in front of goal as they usually are, they would have put the game to bed long before Steven Bergwijn put Tottenham ahead with their first shot at goal after 63 minutes.

Jose Mourinho ‘so pleased' with ‘amazing' Spurs effort

I have been involved in games like that before, where my team have ended up winning despite being outplayed for long periods.

You come off thinking ‘yes, we worked hard, dug deep and we really deserved to get something' then, after the dust settles and you maybe watch it back, you realise you got away with one, like Spurs did here.

The reality was they were hugely fortunate not to be at least a couple of goals down before Oleksandr Zinchenko's red card gave them a way back into the game, and even then their first goal came out of absolutely nothing.

Tanganga got told ‘you are going nowhere'

I don't blame Jose for playing the way he did against City, because of the way results went when he first took charge of Spurs.

He knew he had goals in his team so he went out and just let them play, and they had some crazy results in the first few weeks when they were winning by all sorts of scores.

That was never going to last. I could feel it coming where, in his mind, he went ‘enough is enough'. He could not trust his team to go out and score goals, especially when Harry Kane got injured, so instead he started setting them up not to be beaten. That was clearly Tottenham's approach against City on Sunday.

Look at Japhet Tanganga at left-back, for example. He was basically told ‘you are not going anywhere today', so he had to stay back all game.

Spurs left-back Japhet Tanganga made 52 touches against City – 39 of them in his own half

It paid off for Mourinho in the end, but Spurs fans will not allow that kind of negativity in every home game.

So he still needs to work on his side's style of play, but of course getting a result this way still has plenty of positives.

Mourinho has been talking a lot about how his players lack confidence, which he probably did not expect when he arrived at the club.

Well, getting through games like this one will give the players lots of belief, and we saw some other important signs too.

Mourinho has sorted out Christian Eriksen's situation, by selling him to Inter, while Jan Vertonghen, another player whose future is uncertain because he is out of the contract at the end of the season, was on the bench.

I looked out on the pitch and there was not a Spurs player out there whose focus I would be concerned about any more. Everyone was playing for the shirt, and giving everything.

Red card will annoy Guardiola more than the misses

Pep Guardiola says he cannot explain why his side failed to score

I honestly think City just have to write this game off.

From their perspective, I had plenty of experiences like it in my career too, when we did everything we needed to do to win a game. Normally that means you do, and it is especially rare that this City side don't.

Pep Guardiola's teams look to play in a certain way, and they did that. They executed his gameplan to perfection apart from every time they got in the box, which is where it matters most.

Some of their misses were inexplicable, and from players as good as Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or Raheem Sterling, who over-hit a simple pass in front of goal.

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You could see Guardiola was infuriated by all of that, but at the same time he will understand that it happens. Essentially his team's effort and character and the way they performed was good, and they created enough chances to win the game. They just could not score.

It is Zinchenko's red card that I think will annoy him more, because that is what cost City.

If City had stayed with 11 men, I don't think they would have been beaten. They might not have gone on to win it, but I don't see them losing the game.

Race for top four is wide open

This defeat saw City lose more ground on leaders Liverpool, and the only real race left at the top of the table is the one for the top four.

It is wide open at the moment – one minute Wolves look like they might be serious contenders, then Sheffield United and now Tottenham. Manchester United might come back and have another run at it too.

They are all having a go, but essentially it all depends on Chelsea and Leicester now. The Foxes have had a bit of a wobble but I still think they are too far ahead of fifth place to be caught.

Chelsea, however, have a genuine problem. They seem unable to hold on to leads, home or away, and we have seen the first bit of friction from their manager Frank Lampard with regards to the transfer window and him not getting what he wanted.

Leicester City 2-2 Chelsea: Draw a fair result – Lampard

Suddenly, Lampard has got a few players at the club who do not appear to be happy – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, Willian and Pedro – which is going to have an impact on things.

They all have a big influence in the dressing room, and that could be a problem for Lampard. How much are they behind him to go and get a top-four finish now?

He has backed his young players so far – which is fine – but have they got enough to get him in the Champions League places from here?

I am not sure, so the next few weeks are going to be very interesting.

Results like this will give Mourinho and Spurs more confidence and increase the pressure on Chelsea, who are now only four points above them.

Jermaine Jenas was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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Hamilton Academical 1-4 Celtic: Champions seven clear after late goals

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Odsonne Edouard scores Celtic's third goal at the Fountain of Youth Stadium

Celtic moved seven points clear in the Scottish Premiership after scoring three times in the final 12 minutes to beat 10-man Hamilton Academical.

Marios Ogkmpoe gave the hosts a shock lead as Celtic attempted to capitalise on Rangers' draw with Aberdeen.

However, Jamie Hamilton's red card changed the game, with Odsonne Edouard levelling from the resulting free-kick.

Accies defended bravely but late goals from Christopher Jullien, Edouard and James Forrest left them bottom.

Head coach Brian Rice, serving the first game of his touchline ban for gambling breaches, watched from the stand as defeat leaves his side behind 11th-place Hearts on goal difference.

Celtic, though, have now won 10 consecutive domestic matches away from Celtic Park and have cleaved open a significant lead at the summit, albeit having played a game more.

Scoreline harsh on Hamilton

Celtic were far from their slick best but, once they got back on level terms in the pivotal moment of the match, they were always likely to ease clear of a hitherto impressive Accies side.

No-one impressed more in the opening half-hour than the goalscorer Ogkmpoe, who had already caused Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer significant problems and forced Fraser Forster into a good save before finding the net.

Scott McMann skinned Forrest down the left to win a corner, which Blair Alston flighted in, and Ogkmpoe beat Jullien to it to head past Forster at the near post.

It was only Ogkmpoe's second league goal of the season, both of them against Celtic.

The lead did not flatter Accies but things turned against them in the space of 90 seconds.

Leigh Griffiths, who had earlier escaped with a yellow card when treading on Sam Woods' chest, got goal-side of 17-year-old Hamilton and then tumbled as the defender desperately tried to recover the situation, wrapping his arms around the striker.

Referee Nick Walsh produced the red card for Hamilton and, to compound Accies' misery, Edouard swept the free-kick over the wall and past Luke Southwood from the edge of the box.

From that point onwards, the one-way traffic towards the Accies goal was relentless. The home side's defending, though, was immense.

Shaun Want blocked brilliantly from Edouard to deny the Frenchman from point-blank range.

Griffiths forced a fingertip save from Southwood, the keeper touching the free-kick on to the bar, and Accies survived two penalty claims – Walsh correctly deciding Aaron McGowan's handballs were not deliberate.

The introduction of Ryan Christie proved key. It was his inch-perfect delivery from the left that found Jullien, who still had plenty to do but his deft volley was sublime and flashed past Southwood.

And shortly afterwards Edouard buried Accies by powering forward, exchanging passes with Tom Rogic, and sliding the ball into the net.

Forrest's injury-time strike – set up by Edouard – put a gloss on the scoreline that was harsh on Accies and flattering to Celtic.

But this was another massive win for the champions. Great credit to Accies but they stay bottom as Celtic move further clear.

Man of the match – Odsonne Edouard

Ogkmpoe's first-half display deserves a further mention, as does Alex Gogic's defensive performance almost throughout.

But ultimately Edouard's thoroughbred status was reaffirmed with his goals and assist for Forrest. Even a glaring miss for a hat-trick could not take the shine off.

‘We need to go into survival mode' – reaction

Hamilton assistant Guillaume Beuzelin: “Again we have zero points, but for 75 minutes we competed well. It's harsh but there are positives for us too.

“The red card is a bit harsh but I can see why it's given. Before, there was an incident when we clearly saw a stamp on one of our players. Maybe the referee could not see properly.

“Now were are bottom of the league, we need to go into survival mode. We've done it for five years. We know what to do.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “We had to be patient. We had to be concentrated. Hamilton defended for their lives and you need to give them credit for that.

“The three points are massive for us, under the circumstances. It opens up a nice gap.”

‘We knew once we went ahead, the floodgates would open'

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Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal for Chelsea's Brazil winger Willian, 31, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Marca)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta blocked the transfer of German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 31, to a club from Qatar in January. (90min)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned Barcelona they would be wasting their time if they submit an improved offer for Brazil forward Richarlison, 22, in the summer. (Star)

Manchester United are to step up their efforts to land Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28. (Mirror)

Senegal centre-back Koulibaly would cost United around £90m. (Star)

United will also target Leicester City's England midfielder James Maddison, 23, and Borussia Dortmund‘s England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, in the summer window. (Standard)

Chelsea will try to beat Manchester United to former Manchester City forward Sancho. (Sun)

Chelsea's France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, was upset after Serie A side Inter Milan pulled out of a transfer for him. (RMC, via Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea failed in their attempts to sign Paris St-Germain‘s Edinson Cavani, 32, because the Uruguay forward has his heart set on a move to Spain. (Mirror)

Liverpool's Japan forward Takumi Minamino, 25, says other Premier League clubs were interested in signing him, as well as some Bundesliga sides. (Star)

Arsenal must pay £8m to turn the loan signings of Spain defender Pablo Mari, 26, and Portugal right-back Cedric Soares, 28, into permanent deals. (Star)

Chelsea turned down a deadline-day transfer for Dalian Yifang and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 30. (Sun, via Telegraph)

Juventus have already begun work on summer deals for Brescia's 19-year-old Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali and Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Manchester United will pursue Birmingham City's 16-year-old England Under-17 midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer after drawing up a £20m package on deadline day. (Independent)

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo's agent says he spoke to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward for a few days before the 30-year-old completed his deadline-day move. (Aftenposten, via Express)

Ighalo was shocked by United's deadline-day move after it had appeared the deal would not be happening. (Mail)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes the deal for Ighalo shows poor transfer planning. (Sky Sports)

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Odion Ighalo, Jarrod Bowen and Cedric Soares were the highest profile deadline-day movers

West Ham's late capture of Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen for an initial £18m was the only big-money move of the lowest-spending Premier League January transfer deadline day since 2010.

Premier League clubs spent £230m in the month, the second highest total ever.

But only £25m of that was spent on deadline day.

Odion Ighalo's move from Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United dominated headlines, but was a loan deal – like five of the 11 top-flight signings.

The £1.6bn spent this season, including the summer window, is the second highest behind 2017-18's £1.9bn, according to figures from Deloitte.

The deadline closed for English clubs at 23:00 GMT on Friday, with Scotland's one hour later.

The previous time Premier League deadline day spending went under £30m was in 2010, when only £10m was spent. The highest spend was £180m in 2018.

The second biggest transfer on deadline day in terms of fee was Brighton signing 19-year-old Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey for a reported £4.5m. Arsenal signed Southampton right-back Cedric Soares on loan.

Aston Villa brought in Swansea City striker Borja Baston on a free transfer.

Leicester brought in Wolves defender Ryan Bennett on loan, their only January transfer.

Sheffield United signed Dutch forward Richairo Zivkovic and Greece defender Panagiotis Retsos on loan.

Norwich signed Coventry defender Sam McCallum for a reported £3m, while Wolves spent £1m on Rochdale defender Luke Matheson – with both players rejoining their old clubs on loan.

Manchester United recruited Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop for an undisclosed fee, with the 20-year-old going into their development squad.

Chelsea were one of three Premier League clubs to not sign anybody in January, despite winning an appeal to reduce their transfer ban. Reigning champions Manchester City and relegation battlers Bournemouth were the others.

Tim Bridge, director in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “Two seasons ago Premier League clubs spent a record £430m in the January transfer window. However, over the last two January windows spending patterns have returned to normal. Clubs are focused on long-term financial stability and are therefore less willing to spend in excess of pre-defined transfer budgets in pursuit of short-term success.

“This is further evidenced by the prominence of more agile transfer strategies, such as utilising loan transfers often with an option to buy, as well as focusing attention towards the promotion of young talent from club academies in recent years.”

It was also deadline day in the Football League, with Championship club Brentford paying a combined fee of at least £3m for Oxford United duo Shandon Baptiste and Tariqe Fosu.

Hull City paid £1.5m for 19-year-old Motherwell forward James Scott.

Scottish title chasers Rangers signed Genk midfielder Ianis Hagi and Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi – both on loan.

The transfer deadline also took place in Europe's top leagues. Barcelona bought Braga forward Francisco Trincao for £26m and Palmeiras midfielder Matheus Fernandes Siqueira for £5.9m – although neither player joins them until the summer.

All of Europe's top five leagues spent more this January than last year. Serie A clubs spent £180m, Bundesliga sides paid £165m, La Liga teams purchased players for £110m and Ligue 1 sides spent £100m.

Here are some more facts from Deloitte

  • Only 2% of Premier League spending was on players from fellow English top-flight clubs. The previous low was 11% last year
  • The ‘big six' Premier League clubs accounted for 52% of the total gross expenditure in the January 2020 transfer window, compared to 43% in January 2019
  • Fulham (£24m) spent about 65% of the total £37m spent by all Championship clubs this month
  • Net transfer expenditure (player purchases minus player sales) for Premier League clubs' totalled £165m for the window, a record for January

What were the biggest signings of the window?

Two of the three biggest Premier League signings happened on the penultimate day of the window.

Manchester United signed Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes for a fee which starts at £47m and could rise to £67.7m. Sheffield United broke their club record to sign Genk midfielder Sander Berge for £22m.

Spurs have made the loan signing of Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso permanent for a fee of £27.2m and added forward Steven Bergwijn for £27m from PSV Eindhoven, after selling Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan for £16.9m.

Wolves spent a reported £16.9m on Portuguese winger Daniel Podence from Olympiakos. Along with Bowen, those were the only six £10m+ Premier League signings in January.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid spent £26m on Flamengo youngster Reinier Jesus and Borussia Dortmund bought Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland for £17m.

Did Brexit affect deadline day?

The United Kingdom left the European Union at 23:00 GMT, the exact same time as the transfer deadline.

Brexit is not thought to have affected this year's transfer window – but it could change England's transfer system in the future.

Sports lawyer Daniel Geey, author of ‘Done Deal', told BBC Sport: “One of the most signification elements is about what the work permit restrictions are going to be. At present, this applies to non-European footballers coming into the UK and will presumably apply to non-UK workers after Brexit.

“The current criteria for non-EU players coming into the Premier League is to do with the country they play for and their Fifa world ranking, along with how many times they played for their senior international team over two years. There is an exceptions panel. The higher the fee and wages, the more likely you can demonstrate they are an exceptional talent and should be allowed a work permit.”

It is not clear what the immigration system will be in the future. But Geey says clubs could be allowed a certain amount of foreign players each.

“So it wouldn't matter whether a player is from Bolivia or Belgium,” he said. “That's one of the contentious elements that is being discussed at present.”

When did the deadline close?

In the Premier League and English Football League, the deadline was at 23:00 GMT on Friday – although clubs were allowed to complete deals later as long as they completed a deal sheet in time – and in Scotland it was midnight.

Spain, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands also had 31 January deadlines. Portuguese clubs can still buy players until 2 February, while Russian, Chinese and US clubs are among those who can still bring in new players.

Is there any chance of more signings this season?

Clubs can sign free agents after the deadline – at any stage of the season – as long as they left their previous club before the transfer deadline.

No loan signings can be made by EFL or Premier League clubs after the deadline, except in extreme circumstances – such as a club's senior goalkeepers all being unavailable.

Can new signings play this weekend?

It is unlikely any deadline signings will play this weekend. They would only be eligible if they signed before 12:00 GMT on Friday.

Only McCallum, who rejoined Coventry on loan, and Soares were done in that time – and the new Arsenal full-back has a knock so is unlikely to face Burnley on Sunday.

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Odion Ighalo left Watford for a move to China in 2017

Manchester United have signed former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.

The deal to bring the 30-year-old Nigeria international to Old Trafford contains no option to buy.

Ighalo, who is still in China but is expected to fly to the UK in the next few days, scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017.

“Odion is an experienced player,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he's staying with us.

“A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”

Ighalo moved to the Chinese Super League in 2017, first with Changchun Yatai. After two seasons he moved to Shanghai Shenhua and has scored 10 times in 19 games.

His form for his country has been eye-catching, finishing as top scorer in African Cup of Nations qualifying with seven goals, before scoring five at the tournament during the summer.

It is understood there was interest from other Premier League clubs but Ighalo wanted to play for United.

He is United's first senior loan signing since Radamel Falcao's arrival from Monaco in 2014.

Ighalo (left) was pictured wearing a Manchester United shirt during his childhood

Earlier on Friday, United ended interest in Bournemouth's Josh King but did sign Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop for an undisclosed fee.

United accept Ighalo does not fit the club's policy of trying to sign long-term targets, such as Bruno Fernandes, who moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

However, this move has been done to cover the short-term injury to Marcus Rashford and they could not go the rest of the season without bringing in a replacement.

England international Rashford, 22, is out with a stress fracture in his back sustained after coming on as a substitute during the FA Cup third-round replay win against Wolves on 15 January.

‘He turned down Barcelona last year'

BBC World Service's John Bennett

Back in 2015 after Watford's promotion from the Championship, Ighalo was asked where he was most looking forward to playing in his first Premier League season.

No hesitation: “Old Trafford. It'll be a dream come true to play against Manchester United, the team I supported in my youth”. Little did he know what would happen almost five years later.

Odion does a huge amount of charity work for people in Nigeria and he's also still a very talented striker.

It's a left-field move by United and I'm also sure that you'll have read and heard all the negatives so to balance things out let me give you some positives: Ighalo is a natural number nine and a natural goalscorer with pace and power.

Barcelona tried to sign him just 12 months ago because they wanted that type of player. He turned them down.

He is a very strong character, too. The Nigerian got a lot of criticism back home after missing chances when the Super Eagles were knocked out by Argentina at the last World Cup (including abuse aimed at his family) but he came back stronger to finish top scorer not only in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying but also at the tournament itself, ahead of the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez.

Ighalo's proven in the Premier League and will be able to hit the ground running, fitness permitting.

He'll also be a very popular team-mate who will give his all to be a success at United. Nobody will work harder.

It's almost like a homecoming, too, as Ighalo's family has been based in Manchester.

It's a fairytale move for the United fan from Lagos. Now let's see if, not for the first time in his career, he can prove the doubters wrong.

‘He's a boyhood fan'

Nigeria football writer Oluwashina Okeleji

Fifteen years after football fans witnessed the collapse of John Mikel Obi's transfer to Manchester United, Nigerians will finally get a chance to see one their own become a Red Devil. At 30, Odion Ighalo becomes the first Super Eagle to move to Old Trafford.

Born in a poverty-stricken Lagos ghetto, Ajegunle, Ighalo is a boyhood fan of United. He watched on TV as his striking favourites Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole helped them to the treble in 1999.

Fans in his West African nation closely follow the Premier League, which recruit some of the continent's best players.

Manchester United has a huge fan base in Nigeria and many believe Ighalo will be a success at Old Trafford having retired from international football on a high in 2019.

Ighalo finished as top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations before calling time on his international career at the end of the tournament in Egypt.

He produced seven goals to finish top scorer in the qualifying and his five goals and one assist helped Nigeria finish third last summer.

Many expected him to fade away in Asia after leaving Watford for Chinese Super League (CSL) club Changchun Yatai. But his pace, instinctive finish and ability to find space has helped him to relative success in China

Ighalo finished as the 2018 CSL's second-top scorer with 21 goals and despite an injury-hit season he scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for new club Shanghai Shenhua in 2019, helping them to FA Cup success.

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Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce told ‘nothing’ in takeover reports

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Bruce said Newcastle had failed in a bid to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he has been told “there's nothing” in reports of a takeover of the club, by managing director Lee Charnley.

BBC Sport understands talks on the potential £340m takeover of the St James' Park side by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund are “advanced”.

However, Bruce said: “If there was something to talk about and something to tell me, he'll (Charnley) tell me.

“I have a relationship with him that I think he would.”

He added: “At the moment all he's said, there's nothing in it. OK, fine, let's go to work and let's see where we are.”

Negotiations between the Arab state's Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley are believed to have been in progress for several months.

“I don't get involved with all that,” said Bruce, whose side host Norwich City on Saturday (1500 GMT).

“It's for other people to worry about and for you to write and talk about. I just concentrate on what I can do and what I can affect.

“It has an unsettling effect on everybody, of course, I wouldn't lie, but we're somehow getting used to it.

“All I'm concentrating on is the game tomorrow and certainly the players are as well as myself.”

Meanwhile, Bruce says Newcastle had failed in a bid to try to sign Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, and a club-record bid for an unnamed midfielder had collapsed as the player did not want to move.

“We were really active and it didn't quite happen. We'll just have to wait and see what we can do in the summer.” he said.

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