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Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc says Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra pulled the plug on a £4m move back to France on Friday. (Sunday Mail, Sunday Express)

Celtic target Amadou Alassane says he is ready to snub eight clubs in order to become Tony Mowbray's third summer signing. (Sunday Mail)

Former Celtic manager John Barnes says he has no regrets over his torrid tenure at the SPL club and intends to use the same criticised formation at new club Tranmere Rovers. (Sunday Mail)

Hamilton midfielder James McCarthy will decide which English Premier League club to join within 48 hours after agreeing personal terms with Wolves and Wigan. (News of the World)

Rangers manager Walter Smith says he is unable to strengthen his squad - despite selling deposed captain Barry Ferguson and seeing Brahim Hemdani and goalkeeper Graeme Smith also leave Ibrox. (News of the World)

Ferguson has vowed to make the most of his second stint in England's top flight and repay the faith shown in him by Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish. (Sunday Herald)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown looks certain to miss the club's Champions League qualifiers against Dinamo Moscow as he battles back to full fitness following ankle surgery. (News of the World)

And Hearts owner majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov has tipped the Russian outfit to knock Celtic out of the competiton. (Various)

Falkirk are poised to sign goalkeeper Barry Ditewig after the former Heerenveen player impressed on trial. (News of the World)

Hibs striker Abdessalam Benjelloun is closing in on a £250,000 move to Egyptian club Al Ahly. (Sunday Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sandy Lyle has been urged by a number of his fellow golf professionals to continue his spat with European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie. (News of the World)

Scotland's Paul Lawrie expressed disappointment that only two Scots made the cut at The Open. (Sunday Express)



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