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Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic are tracking Michael Silberbauer ahead of a cut-price January swoop for the 29-year-old Danish midfielder, who is out of contract with Utrecht in the summer, although the Dutch club say there are other parties interested. (Daily Express)

Danish midfielder Michael Silberbauer would be interested in a move to Celtic and will be available for just £500,000 from Utrecht in January. (the Sun)

Utrecht technical director Foeke Booy says Celtic have emerged as favourites to sign midfielder Michael Silberbauer, despite interest from Everton, West Brom, Bolton and Fulham. (the Herald)

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is set to launch a January transfer bid for Rangers striker Kenny Miller. (Daily Record)

Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist is backing Kenny Miller to continue to take penalties despite the striker missing two of his last three spot kicks. (Daily Record)

Former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia, who is presently the club's chief scout, is the man Motherwell want as their new boss. (the Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen admits he would have to consider a January offer from Hearts for midfielder Craig Bryson should they make another approach following two failed bids in the summer. (the Sun)

Six Scottish Premier League clubs sceptical about plans to create a 10-team top flight will meet league officials today for talks. (Daily Mail)

Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark thinks Celtic might want to recall Graham Carey because of the winger's good form during his loan spell. (Daily Record)

Celtic have won a club versus country battle with Honduras, who will not be calling up defender Emilio Izaguirre for a friendly against the Spanish region of Catalonia on 28 December. (Daily Record)

Forward Chris Maguire says he needs to improve his form to persuade Aberdeen to offer him a new contract in the summer or to attract a new club. (Daily Express)

James McFadden's goal in a 1-0 win over France at the Parc des Princes in 2007 has been voted Greatest Scotland Moment of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the Scotland Supporters' Club. (Various)

Scottish players have renewed hopes of playing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London after Irish Football Association chairman Jim Shaw suggested it probably would not stand in the way of its players taking part. (Daily Mail)

Stirling Albion are talking to the players' union about "pay-as-you-play" deals as a way of balancing the books when clubs are hit by postponements. (the Sun)

Former St Mirren manager Tom Hendrie is in line for the vacancy at Stenhousemuir after five years out of senior football and was one of four candidates interviewed this week. (the Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

The Renaissance Club in East Lothian has been ruled out as a new venue for the Scottish Open, leaving a straight choice between Castle Stuart in Inverness and its present home, Loch Lomond. (the Scotsman)

Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat delayed naming his team to face Glasgow Warriors to allow Scotland full-back Chris Paterson more time to prove his fitness. (the Herald)

Monday's Magners League derby between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh will be treated by the players like a trial for the Scotland team. (Various)

Scotland assistant coaches Graham Steadman and Steve Scott will remain at Sale despite the sacking of boss Mike Brewer, the former Scotland forwards coach. (the Scotsman)



see also
Friday's gossip column
24 Dec 10 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
23 Dec 10 |  Scotland


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