Scottish Gossip: McCulloch for Killie, Rangers target, Hearts striker

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Former Rangers captain Lee McCulloch, released by the Ibrox club last month, is poised to become player/coach at Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock. (The Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has opened talks with Tottenham Hotspur about a possible season-long loan deal for 19-year-old midfielder Harry Winks. (Daily Record)

Mark Warburton insists that he still hopes to sign John Eustace, despite the 35-year-old former Derby County midfielder having headed back to England without signing a contract with Rangers after being shown round Ibrox.(Daily Mail)

Striker Farid El Alagui is sure he can prevent Mark Warburton, his former manager at Brentford, leading Rangers to the Scottish Championship title by helping Hibernian top the table. (The Herald)

Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni share a joke during Rangers training
Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni are both being linked with new clubs

Defender Bilel Mohsni, who was released by Rangers, is in signing talks with Tunisian champions Club Africain. (Daily Mail, print edition)

American banker Robert Sarver, who failed in an attempt to buy Rangers this year when his £20m was rejected, has promised to invest a £30m transfer kitty into Spanish club Levante. (Daily Record)

The company that owned Newcastle Jets, the Australian club Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has been interested in buying, has been placed into liquidation.(The Courier)

Juanma, who had been courted by Bristol City, has revealed he turned down their more lucrative offer to sign for Hearts and walked away from money owed to him by his former club, Kalloni, with the Greek club promised financial recompense if his career takes off at Tynecastle and he goes on to secure a move to one of Europe's top four leagues - Spain, Germany, Italy or England.(The Scotsman)

New signing Juanma has branded himself Hearts' answer to £50m striker Fernando Torres. (The Sun, print edition)

New Hearts signing Juanma is convinced that moving to Tynecastle can be a stepping stone to England's Premier League. (The Herald)

Everton are to honour their former Scotland striker and current first-team coach, Duncan Ferguson, with a testimonial this summer against Spanish side Villarreal.(Daily Express)

Ryan Fraser celebrates promotion with Bournemouth
Bournemouth have reportedly offered Ryan Fraser a new deal despite loaning him to Ipswich

Former Aberdeen and Scotland defender Kevin McNaughton has been granted a testimonial by Cardiff City after being released following nine years at the Welsh club. (Daily Record, print edition)

Former Scotland Under-21 forward Jamie Murphy is in talks with Leeds United after Brighton were put off by Sheffield United's £1.5m asking price for the former Motherwell player. (The Sun, print edition)

Bournemouth will offer Ryan Fraser a new contract, despite sending the 21-year-old Scottish winger on loan to Ipswich Town. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Nottingham Forest are tracking the progress of 19-year-old Greenock Morton left-back Mark Russell. (Daily Record, print edition)

Midfielder Iain Davidson, who has been released by Dundee, says he has had offers from clubs in the Scottish Championship and League One, England's League Two and the Middle East but is also considering an offer from Azerbaijan. (The Sun, print edition)

Hibernian have told midfielder Sam Stanton, who has been linked with Dundee, and striker Danny Handling that they are free to look for new clubs. (Daily Express, print edition)

Jamie Murphy celebrates with Sheffield United
Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy is reportedly in talks with Leeds United

Former Hibernian captain Liam Craig, who has been released by the Easter Road club, has rejected an offer from Dinamo Bucharest and is poised to sign for Conference club Guiseley. (Daily Record, print edition)

Aberdeen's Europa League opponents, Shkendija, have signed midfielder Ferhan Hasani, seen as the golden boy of Macedonian football, from Brondby.(Aberdeen Press & Journal)

John Hughes has revealed that he was told only days before Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Scottish Cup final win over Falkirk that his father-in-law had only days to live after a battle against dementia. (Daily Express, print edition)

New Brechin City boss Darren Dods will begin the new season at the heart of the Glebe Park defence to help his squad get used to how he wants them to play.(The Courier)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray reckons Novak Djokovic's shock defeat in the French Open final will make it more difficult for the world number one to win Wimbledon.(Daily Record)

Andy Murray admits that, although he was not hating tennis, he wasn't enjoying the pain he suffered every time he went on court until he had back surgery. (The Independent, print edition)

After qualifying in the pairs, triples and senior fours, Scotland were left empty handed as the men's individual British Isles Championships concluded at Eddlewood in Hamilton.(The Herald)

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