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Rangers hopeful of Mike Ashley investment

Cash-strapped Rangers keen on Ashley investment as Green confirms Toon chief's interest

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UPDATED:

11:31 GMT, 10 August 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green is hopeful Mike Ashley will become one of three billionaire investors in newco Rangers.

Newcastle owner Ashley is interested in buying a stake in the Irn-Bru Third Division Club along with two other significant investors.

And when asked whether the Sports Direct magnate will invest in the club, Green told Sky Sports News: 'Hopefully, yes.'

Opportunity: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a piece of the Rangers pie

Opportunity: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a piece of the Rangers pie

Staying positive: Ally McCoist continues to fight against the tide at Rangers

Staying positive: Ally McCoist continues to fight against the tide at Rangers

Meanwhile, Craig Beattie has denied his wage demands were responsible for a proposed move to Rangers falling through.

The former Celtic and Hearts striker held talks with McCoist and Green over a move to the Irn-Bru Third Division club.

But Rangers signed forwards Francisco Sandaza and Kevin Kyle and Beattie's move did not materialise, with the Scotland international claiming Green did not share McCoist's enthusiasm for a deal to be done.

Beattie told the Daily Record: 'There seems to be a perception the deal fell through because I was holding out for more money – and that could not be further from the truth.

'I was prepared to drop down the divisions not to make a fast buck but because I wanted to be a part of something big.

'I wanted to play my part in getting Rangers back to the top of the Scottish game.'

Beattie added: 'I spoke to Ally and was under the impression he really wanted me on board and that excited me. But in the end, it became obvious he and Green were not on the same wavelength. I don't want to say any more than that.'

Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso to leave AC Milan

Stalwarts Inzaghi and Gattuso follow Nesta out of Milan

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 11 May 2012

Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso
both announced they will be leaving AC Milan in the summer.

The veteran pair follow in
the footsteps of Alessandro Nesta, who revealed that he was leaving the
Serie A club on Thursday.

'The first and only thing that I want
you to know forever is this: I played and won for us,' striker Inzaghi,
38, said in a statement on the Milan website.

Emotional: Filippo Inzaghi spent more than a decade at Milan

Emotional: Filippo Inzaghi spent more than a decade at Milan

'Playing without sharing emotions means nothing, but you and I, we, we did everything together. We were always on the same wavelength, and no-one will ever take that away from us.'

Midfielder Gattuso, 34, said he planned to go away.

'I'm going away for a year, this is goodbye. The moment has come to move myself away, but I don't know yet where I will go,' he said.

Stalwart: Gennaro Gattuso

Stalwart: Gennaro Gattuso

The pair won two Serie A titles and two Champions League crowns over more than a decade at the club, and both were World Cup winners with Italy in 2006.

The departures will necessitate some rebuilding work at Milan, who lost their Serie A title to Juventus last weekend.

Steven Gerrard: Andy Carroll has been brilliant for weeks

Andy's been brilliant for weeks! Gerrard backs 35m Carroll to finally come good

Steven Gerard believes Andy Carroll has been 'brilliant' for weeks and insists Liverpool's record 35million signing is getting 'better and better'.

Carroll scored what was only his eighth goal for the Reds since his move from Newcastle over a year ago in the 6-1 FA Cup victory over Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.

Gerrard's hailed Carroll's performance, choosing the England international as his man of the match.

Back in the groove: Steven Gerrard has hailed Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll

Back in the groove: Steven Gerrard has hailed Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll

And Gerrard is confident that the 22-year-old can now finally prove his worth to the club, 13 months after his arrival, as they head towards the Carling Cup final against Cardiff at Wembley this Sunday.

'He has been brilliant for weeks now,' said Gerrard.

'He's getting better and better the more he settles into the club. We were really pleased with him and I thought he was our man of the match.

Kenny Dalglish's side were impressive winners at Anfield and Gerrard is pleased with the timing of the display, handing them a much-needed boost ahead of this weekend's trip to the capital.

Target man: Carroll's strike against Brighton was his eighth for Liverpool

Target man: Carroll's strike against Brighton was his eighth for Liverpool

'We believe that the more we play together, the more we'll click,' the midfielder added.

'We're all good players and good players like playing with other good players.

'We're all on the same wavelength now and it'll get better and better.'

Feeling good: Gerrard was delighted by Liverpool's emphatic FA Cup win

Feeling good: Gerrard was delighted by Liverpool's emphatic FA Cup win

Carroll will now hope he has done enough to convince Dalglish he is ready top start against Cardiff in what is his first major domestic final.

The buoyed striker said: 'Every goal feels good, but it couldn't get any better with the result as well and now we're through to the next round.'

Stephen Ireland keen to prove his worth to Aston Villa

I can be smoking hot! Ireland out to prove his worth for Villa

Stephen Ireland's form for Aston Villa hasn't been as smoking hot as the shisha pipe he was drawing on before Christmas.

But finally there are signs that the 8m signing can light up the Premier League for Alex McLeish.

A starring role at Chelsea has been followed by another improvement – this time on home turf.

Determined to succeed: Stephen Ireland celebrates with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor

Determined to succeed: Stephen Ireland celebrates with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor

It led to Villa's supporters chanting his name midway through the second-half – which must have been music to his ears.

Ireland set up Darren Bent for the opening goal and showed glimpses throughout in a position just behind the England international.

It has been a stop-start 18 months for the playmaker since his move from the Etihad Stadium.

'I started on the left wing and the manager swapped me with Gabby,' he said, 'It worked well.

Taking it easy: Stephen Ireland appeared to be smoking a a Shisha pipe

Taking it easy: Stephen Ireland appeared to be smoking a a Shisha pipe

'I can get a little lost in the game out on the left. I'm feeling good, I'm getting fitter and I'm feeling the benefit of a consistent run.

'There's so much going on in a game at the moment that I'm ending burned out.

'I picked up an injury – a dead leg – in the first ten minutes and it was just numb. But I didn't want to come off and wait six or seven games before I got on again.

'I feel like I'm getting there now. It's a question of getting on the same wavelength as some of the other players.

Finding the right wavelength: Ireland says he is getting better and working out where his team-mates are on the pitch

Finding the right wavelength: Ireland says he is getting better and working out where his team-mates are on the pitch

'At Man CIty I could play passes because I knew where everyone else was. But at the moment I need to get on the same wavelength as everyone else.

'I feel like I'm going in the right direction and the more football I get, it will improve.'

And what about the shisha pipe

'I threw a party a few months ago and I was renting them for everyone,' he added, “I had one leftover for myself. We had Christmas day off, so I thought I would just celebrate it with a bit of shisha. It's all a bit of fun.'

Another player who was enjoying himself was Landon Donovan. The American international looked a class act at Villa Park.

Bright spark: Landon Donovan tracks LA Galaxy team-mate Robbie Keane

Bright spark: Landon Donovan tracks LA Galaxy team-mate Robbie Keane

He was the undoubted bright spot for David Moyes – along with Shane Duffy who enjoyed an impressive full introduction to the Premier League.

Donovan was the stand-out attacking threat. Lively and intelligent throughout, it was his pass that allowed Victor Anichebe to strike a 68th minute equaliser.

Moyes said: “I thought Landon was the best player on the pitch today.

'And for him to come in and play the 90 minutes – and not get taken off – is testament to the professional he is.

'I thought his running and his energy were fantastic. It's a credit to him to come and do that.

Debut boy: Darron Gibson made his first appearance for Everton

Debut boy: Darron Gibson made his first appearance for Everton

'We are going to try and give him a couple of days off so I don't burn him out before he goes back to LA!”

Moyes was mightily pleased with a point considering his injury woes. What is worrying though, is that this appears to be a consistent theme at Goodison Park.

A strong cast-list on paper, wrecked by injuries – and significant ones at that – which undermine the Scot's otherwise excellent work.

'We have put in a centre-half in Duffy who has not had a Premier League match before today,' added the Toffees' boss, 'then we had Darron Gibson who had not played for us before. And Landon.

'We were without Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Rodwell, Coleman, Osman who would all have started today – or been close to it. Considering that, we put on a really good show.'

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Ryan Giggs is No 1 choice to replace Gary Speed as Wales boss

Giggs is No 1 choice to take over from Speed as the next manager of Wales

Ryan Giggs has been targeted as the man to replace Gary Speed as Wales boss.

Speed tragically committed suicide last month and after a period of mourning, Welsh FA chiefs have now stepped up their search for his successor.

And Manchester United veteran Giggs is believed to be top of their shortlist.

Contender: Ryan Giggs could split his United playing duties

Contender: Ryan Giggs could split his United playing duties

Wales bosses will wait until after the New Year before making their move out of respect to Speed and his family.

A Welsh insider told The Sun: “Ryan has never managed but he’s seen as a natural successor to Gary. At 38, he’s the right age to be on the same wavelength as our young team.

“We’ve had success with people in the same position. Wales was Mark Hughes’ first job as a manager but he was a success.

Tragedy: Gary Speed

Tragedy: Gary Speed

“Gary had very limited experience as a manager but he did a great job. Our players and fans still haven’t got over his death.”

Wales hope to have their new manager ready for their next friendly match, which is likely to be with Costa Rica — the team Speed made his playing debut against – on February 29.

Giggs could initially take charge on a part-time basis so he can juggle his playing duties with United.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already hinted that Giggs will be offerd be offered another one-year contract after this season to extend his playing career beyond the age of 38.

He said: ‘There’s absolutely no evidence at all at this moment in time that Ryan’s energy, stamina or speed are decreasing. In fact, it’s exactly the same as it was the last two or three years. It’s amazing.

‘I know it’s mid-season now and it all depends on what Ryan thinks about his future too. He knows he can’t go on forever, and we know he can’t go on forever, but on the evidence of what we’re seeing at the moment I think he can play for another year.

‘I thought at Fulham on Wednesday he was unbelievable. He controlled the midfield and I saw Danny Murphy bellowing at his strikers to get to him because Danny was finding it hard. It’s an established fact that he’s just an incredible footballer.’