Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

One of the Scottish FA panel members who handed a 12-month transfer ban to Rangers insists he has "no axe to grind" with the Ibrox club and would welcome the opportunity to explain the reasons behind the decision. (Daily Record)

Celtic player Victor Wanyama wants rivals Rangers to remain in the Scottish Premier League as he would not want the Old Firm fixture to disappear. (Various)

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir would welcome an application from Rangers to enter the Third Division but says clubs like Spartans and Cove Rangers would also apply for any vacancy. (Scotsman)

Meanwhile, Peterhead manager Jim McInally and Alloa Athletic counterpart Paul Hartley say it would be a "disaster" if Rangers were to enter Division Three, with the former fearing a lack of competition and the latter worried about the general impact on Scottish football. (Daily Record)

But Partick Thistle chairman Tom Hughes believes demotion to Scotland's fourth tier is the only solution to Rangers' problems. (Sun)

Dundee would jump at the chance to replace Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, according to the Taysiders' Matt Lockwood. (Various)

Rangers forward Steven Naismith may not play before the end of the season even though he's been given the all-clear from his surgeon following a knee opertation. (Various)

Aberdeen transfer target Farid El Alagui, currently with Falkirk, has his heart set on a move to England. (Various)

Meanwhile, Falkirk boss Steven Pressley has signed a new three-year contract with the Bairns. (Various)

Inverness manager Terry Butcher has allowed midfielder Gavin Morrison to join Icelandic side Grindavik on a four-month loan. (Daily Record)

Islam Feruz, 16, became the youngest ever Under-21 player when he came on as a substitute in Scotland's 4-1 defeat to Italy, breaking Christian Dailly's record by 95 days. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca believes his side can emulate Chelsea's win over by Barcelona by defying the odds in the Heineken Cup semi-final against Ulster. (Various)

And Lawrence Dallaglio has tipped Edinburgh to reach the final of rugby's presitgious tournament. (Scotsman)

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