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Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he could make a summer move for Reading's Republic of Ireland striker, Shane Long. (Daily Record)

Rangers have rejected a bid by Ruud Gullit's Terek Grozny to sign Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have again been linked with an £8m summer move for Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal. (the Herald)

Celtic have beaten off interest from Stoke City to sign 17-year-old Swedish prospect William Hook, presently with Nykopings. (Daily Record)

Celtic are the subject of a complaint to world governing body Fifa by the Honduran football association, which claims the club withdrew full-back Emilio Izaguirre from the friendly against Ecaudor through injury without the required medical note. (Various)

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan says accusations of him insulting Rino Gattuso before the AC Milan captain headbutted him during the Champions League tie on Tuesday are rubbish. (Daily Mail)

AC Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso is poised to escape with a mere one-game ban for headbutting Tottenham's Scottish coach, Joe Jordan, during Tuesday's Champions League tie. (the Sun)

Scottish Football League clubs have met with Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster to hear him outline proposals for a top-flight of 10 teams with a second division of 10 more. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown will speak to his out-of-contract players next month but give them a deadline for accepting new contracts or leaving the club in the summer. (Various)

Crawley Town manager Steve Evans says that Birmingham City boss and fellow Scotsman Alex McLeish has advised him to field 12 players for his team's FA Cup clash with Manchester United and hope no-one notices. (the Sun)

Scotland forward James McFadden has returned to light training with Birmingham City following a cruciate ligament injury. (Daily Express)

The Scottish Football Association hopes that any Scot selected for Team GB at the London Olympics will declare himself unavailable but knows it will be powerless to prevent them participating. (the Herald)

Former Hearts and Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart has had his trial extended by Leeds United. (Daily Record)

New Ross County manager Jimmy Calderwood has revealed that pride prevented him applying for the job when it became vacant three months ago. (Various)

Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry will repay only £36,000 of his £2.2m debts. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Seven thousand unsold seats for last weekend's Scotland versus Wales international at Murrayfield were a "concern, not a worry" for Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie. (the Scotsman)

The Scottish Rugby Union is poised to drop ticket prices after more than 7,000 seats were left unsold at Murrayfield for the Six Nations match against Wales. (the Herald)

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie has revealed that national coach Andy Robinson has apologised to him for his team's performance in losing to Wales at the weekend. (the Scotsman)

Ospreys' Tommy Bowe is on course to make his Ireland comeback in the Six Nations meeting with Scotland on Sunday week. (the Scotsman)

Injury has forced Scottish athlete Chris Baillie to pull out of tomorrow's Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham - his last chance to impress GB selectors in the 60 metres hurdles ahead of next month's European Indoor Championships. (Various)

The Camanachd Association has confirmed that a system of rolling substitutes is to be introduced in shinty for the first time this season. (Various)



see also
Friday's gossip column
18 Feb 11 |  Gossip
Thursday's Scottish gossip
17 Feb 11 |  Scotland


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