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Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has urged Scotland coach Craig Levein not to risk Craig Gordon's recovery from a broken arm by calling up the fit-again goalkeeper for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Spain. (Various)

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez says it would be too much of a risk for Scotland to play Gary Caldwell in their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers as the defender has had just two reserve games since summer surgery on a hip injury. (Daily Express)

Chris Iwelumo, who scored another two goals for Burnley on Tuesday, has asked Craig Levein for a chance to erase the memory of his crucial 2008 miss against Norway with a call up to the Scotland coach's latest squad. (Daily Record)

Derby County manager Nigel Clough says Scotland winger Kris Commons still has to show he is worth a new contract at the end of the season despite scoring twice in their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. (Daily Record)

Scotland fans could be handed 1000 extra tickets for next month's Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic as the hosts are struggling to sell out the 20,000-capacity Synot Tip Arena. (the Sun)

Iceland Under-21 coach Eyjolfur Sverrisson has packed his squad with full internationals ahead of their Euro 2011 qualifier against Scotland - and upset senior team boss Olafur Johannesson in the process. (Various)

Former Dundee forward Fabrizio Ravanelli has pledged to dip into his own pocket to help the club threatened with administration. (Various)

Celtic defender Darren O'Dea says he could join Ipswich Town permanently in January after impressing on loan this season. (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson will continue to back under-fire Gordon Strachan despite increasing calls from fans to sack their Scottish manager. (Daily Mail)

Gordon Strachan has admitted there is "something fundamentally wrong" with his struggling Middlesbrough side after Tuesday's defeat by Derby County. (the Herald)

Hearts winger Andrew Driver has suffered a new injury setback after picking up a thigh problem on his return to action in a bounce game. (Various)

Marius Zaliukas has edged closer to a comeback for Hearts after the defender played in a bounce game against St Johnstone to improve his match fitness. (Various)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle playmaker Lee Cox could be back playing in a fortnight, belying fears that he had broken an ankle. (Daily Express)


Gloucester scrum-half Rory Lawson is a serious doubt for Scotland's autumn Test against New Zealand on 13 November after damaging a hand playing for his English club. (Daily Express)

Struggling London Scottish have signed former Scotland, Border Reivers and Edinburgh centre Ben MacDougall. (the Scotsman)

see also
Thursday's gossip column
30 Sep 10 |  Gossip
Wednesday's Scottish gossip
29 Sep 10 |  Scotland

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