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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Malky Mackay could be given the Wigan Athletic manager's job then be immediately banned because of allegations of offensive texts sent during the Scot's time at Cardiff City. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Speculation linking Malky Mackay with the vacant managerial position at Wigan Athletic has prompted the town's MP, Lisa Nandy, to write to the club expressing her disapproval.(The Guardian)

Former Notts County manager Ian McParland has applied for the vacancy at Motherwell. (The Sun, print edition)

Temuri Ketsbaia's reign as Georgia coach is in major doubt after Poland's 4-0 win in Tbilisi put the visitors three points clear at the top of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifying group. (Daily Record, print edition)

Shaun Maloney says former Motherwell manager Stuart McCall, one of Gordon Strachan's national coaches, was the architect of the goal that helped fire Scotland to victory over the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.(Daily Record)

Ian McParland
Ian McParland became Nottingham Forest Under-21 coach in February 2013

Shaun Maloney has revealed that the training-ground move that led to his stunning winning goal for Scotland against Republic of Ireland had failed miserably all week in training.(The Herald)

Norwich City midfielder Cameron King, who has earned his first Scotland Under-21 call-up, says a spell of four broken bones within a year - wrist, toe, heel and finger - left him mentally drained. (The Sun, print edition)

Former Dundee, Clydebank, Ayr United, Dundee United, Gretna and Morton striker James Grady and ex-Kilmarnock defender Garry Hay are part of Scotland's first futsal squad, which will take part in a qualifying tournament against Israel, Armenia and hosts Sweden in January. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Grant Shiells, the Melrose-born prop who has represented Scotland at under-19, under-20 and A levels, has joined Edinburgh from Bath on a 19-month contract.(The Herald)

When Scottish Rugby issued its customary invitation to fans to voice their support for the team on Twitter, it got a reply from the official All Blacks Twitter account saying: "Good luck Scotland team." (The Scotsman)

Former head of sport for Glasgow Life Keith Russell, who had a pivotal role in establishing Scotstoun as Glasgow Warriors' home, has been appointed to the new Scottish rugby role of director of domestic rugby.(The Scotsman)

Multi-major winner John McEnroe has urged Andy Murray to take a break from tennis rather than get straight back onto the practice court after the Scot's mauling by Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals. (The Scotsman)

Michael Downey, the chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, has rejected claims from Jamie Murray that Tennis Scotland has failed to capitalise on the success of his brother, Andy, saying a four-year agreement with the sports body to "put some money into the facilities side" is about to be agreed.(The Herald)

Former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison's hopes of a comeback have been dashed after the British Boxing Board of Control refused to grant him a licence to fight. (Daily Express, print edition)

Cricket Scotland batsman Preston Mommsen has been named ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year at the LG ICC Awards 2014. (The Scotsman)

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