Scottish Gossip: McCall, Warburton, Anya and Wells

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Outgoing Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told Mark Warburton he is the luckiest man alive after the Englishman was chosen to succeed him after the Scot's three months in temporary charge and insisted "there are no sour grapes".(Daily Record)

Mark Warburton will this week kick off plans to bring in an entire team of new players to Rangers, with the Englishman and assistant David Weir having already earmarked targets before being officially unveiled as the new management team on Monday. (Daily Express)

Ikechi Anya has refused to rule out a summer transfer from Watford to Celtic, with the 27-year-old Scotland winger saying he would consider a move to any league.(Daily Express)

St Johnstone are set to lose out in their attempt to sign 24-year-old Joe Gormley, with English League One outfit Peterborough United likely to top the Saints' £25,000 bid for the Cliftonville striker. (The Sun, print edition)

Ikechi Anya and Gordon Strachan discuss tactics in Dublin
Ikechi Anya (left) has been linked with a move from Watford to Celtic

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has conceded he might have been guilty of over-thinking his team selection for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland in Dublin, where his side came from behind to draw 1-1.(The Herald)

Derby County left-back Craig Forsyth has admitted he was surprised to be handed his competitive international debut against Republic of Ireland on Saturday but believes he overcame a sticky start to help Scotland earn an important point. (The Scotsman)

Scotland captain Scott Brown has applauded his side's ability to rise above the baiting by their Republic of Ireland opponents in Saturday's 1-1 draw in Dublin.(Daily Express)

Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy insists he did not deserve worse than the yellow card he received for elbowing Scotland's Russell Martin during the Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin. (Daily Mail)

Michael McGovern
Michael McGovern started for Northern Ireland after illness ruled out Roy Carroll

Allan McGregor's partner, Leah Shevlin, retweeted a follower telling her it was "his loss big time", while the Hull City and Scotland goalkeeper told pals to "cancel the kilts" amid reports that their marriage next weekend at luxury Mount Stuart House in Rothesay, Bute, has been cancelled.(Daily Record)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill hailed the heroics of Hamilton Academical goalkeeper Michael McGovern after their side secured a goalless draw with Euro 2016 qualifying Group F leaders Romania at Windsor Park. (The Herald, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Allan Wells, the Scottish former sprinter and 1980 Moscow gold medallist, has said that being accused in a BBC Panorama programme of taking performance-enhancing drugs felt like being falsely accused of sex crimes.(The Scotsman)

Rejuvenated Colin Montgomerie admits that victory in the US Open this week is a long shot, but the 51-year-old Scot is delighted to be back at the season's second major in a playing capacity after a gap of seven years and still dreams of a first major title. (The Scotsman)

Scotland's Jamie McLeary captured his second Challenge Tour title six years after the first thanks to a brilliant five-under-par 67 in the final round of the KPMG Trophy in Belgium.(The Herald)

Andy Murray will follow a pattern of winning the Aegon Championships at London's Queen's Club every second year should the Scot live up to his billing as overwhelming favourite to win for a fourth time. (The Herald)

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