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Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Middlesbrough have made a £3.5m offer to Celtic for Australia striker Scott McDonald. (The Sun)

Celtic are in a four-way fight with Blackburn Rovers, Everton and Sevilla to land Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez. (Daily Express)

Pedro Mendes' proposed transfer to Sporting Lisbon has collapsed because of the Rangers midfielder's £25,000-per-week wage demand. (The Sun)

Southampton are in transfer talks with Falkirk after increasing their offer for Bairns midfielder Scott Arfield by a third to £400,000 rising to £1m with add-ons, but Preston and Huddersfield are also interested. (Daily Express)

Blackpool have failed in a £70,000 bid for Motherwell defender Steven Saunders, with the Scottish Premier League club putting a £500,000 price tag on the 18-year-old's head. (Daily Express)

Michael McGlinchey's loan move to Motherwell could depend on whether Central Coast Mariners reach the A-League play-offs. (The Sun)

Central Coast Mariners say Michael McGlinchey's loan to Motherwell has gone no further an inquiry so far. (The Herald)

Jimmy Calderwood could make out-of-favour Dundee midfielder Darren Young his first signing for Kilmarnock. (Daily Express)

Celtic's defeat by Hibernian on Wednesday was their 10th loss the season, giving Tony Mowbray a worse record than when John Barnes was the Glasgow side's boss. (The Sun)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown should make his long-awaited return from injury today in a bounce match against Hamilton Accies. (Daily Record)

Hamilton Accies have handed a trial to Cork City's Billy Dennehy, who is also interesting Shamrock Rovers, and the midfielder will face Celtic in today's bounce game. (Daily Express)

Livingston striker Andrew Halliday is waiting to hear if his trial was successful with Charlton Athletic, who are also interested in Dundee defender Gary MacKenzie. (Daily Record)

Celtic have agreed to play an end-of-season friendly to mark German club St Pauli's centenary celebrations. (Daily Record)

Scotland is unlikely to win an extra Europa League spot for next season through the Fair Play awards as the nation has slipped to seventh in the table during the current season. (Various)

Labour MSP Trish Godman will today table a motion to the Scottish Parliament in support of a grassroots petition calling for an investigation into the use by football clubs of government money for youth football. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, who left Dundee United as a free agent in January, has joined Owen Coyle's Burnley. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh's Paul di Resta is poised to be named a Formula 1 test driver for Force India next week. (Daily Record)

Snowsport GB, which gives financial support to many Olympic athletes, has moved closer to going into administration. (The Herald)

Slalom specialist Noel Baxter has vowed to continue his career despite being left out the GB team for the Vancouver Olympics. (The Herald)

Dougie Crawford, Britain's No.1 downhill skier, faces an uncertain future after being left out of the GB team for the Vancouver Olympics. (The Times)



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see also
Thursday's gossip column
28 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
27 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier


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