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Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic are ready to swoop for £1.5m-rated SonderjyskE and Iceland defender Solvi Ottesen as a replacement for Middlesbrough target Stephen McManus but face competition from Sunderland. (Daily Express)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish says Celtic are among his rivals to sign £4m Lens striker Aruna Dindane. (Daily Record)

Celtic have rejected a formal £3.5m offer from Middlesbrough for striker Scott McDonald. (Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough are ready to pull out of their bid to sign striker Scott McDonald for £3.5m and defender Stephen McManus on loan because of Celtic's cash demands. (The Sun)

Scott McDonald will meet Celtic manager Tony Mowbray in the next 24 hours to thrash out his future after interest in the striker from Middlesbrough and West Ham. (Daily Record)

Wigan and West Ham are waiting in the wings should Middlesbrough's bid for Celtic striker Scott McDonald collapse. (The Sun)

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Celtic manager Tony Mowbray has changed his mind after initially agreeing to allow winger Paddy McCourt to join the Coca-Cola Championship club on loan. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen and St Johnstone are vying for the signature of Morton winger Jim McAlister when his contract ends in the summer. (The Sun)

Hamilton Accies have launched a £25,000 bid to sign forward Dougie Imrie from Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough want to take Livingston's Andrew Halliday on trial, the midfielder having already been at Charlton Athletic. (The Sun)

Dundee defender Gary MacKenzie is set to sign a pre-contract agreement with League One club MK Dons despite interest from Charlton. (The Sun)

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley is a target for two English clubs and one of the Fir Park club's Scottish Premier League rivals. (Daily Mail)

Partick Thistle are poised to sign Falkirk defender Jackie McNamara and Stirling Albion striker Martin Grehan. (The Sun)

Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon could return to the top of Dundee United's wanted list after caretaker Peter Houston agreed to stay in charge at Tannadice until the summer. (Daily Express)

Former Hibernian and Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson has been offered a new contract by Uganda amid reports that Tanzania and Sudan have approached him. (Daily Record)

Birmingham and Scotland striker Garry O'Connor won't play again this season following two hip operations. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Rory Lamont is in the running to claim the Scotland full-back slot after scoring a try and avoiding injury during Toulon's 31-19 win over Montpellier. (Various)

England's Greg Harlow has taken over from Alex Marshall as bowling's world number one after his world indoor title, with Marshall's fellow Scot Paul Foster in second, Marshall in fifth and losing finalist Stewart Anderson in 18th. (The Herald)

The Italian Rugby Federation has walked out of talks about fielding teams in next season's Magners League citing the financial demands from their counterparts in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. (The Scotsman)



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see also
Friday's gossip column
29 Jan 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
28 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier


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