Scottish Gossip: Celtic left-back search, Driver for De Graafschap

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Ronny Deila has made a new left-back his signing priority amid the Celtic manager's doubts over the ability of Honduras international Emilio Izaguirre to perform at the highest level. (The Sun, print edition)

New Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly says he has put behind him a controversial past that includes a fleet of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys in his driveway and a conviction for assaulting a fan. (Daily Record)

Scotland squad goalkeeper Craig Samson is on the verge of quitting Kilmarnock after losing his number one spot following the arrival of Jamie MacDonald from Falkirk and the 31-year-old could join Motherwell, who are poised to miss out on Christian Walton on loan from Brighton.(Daily Express)

Scott McDonald could end Motherwell's hopes he will extend his stay at Fir Park after the 31-year-old out-of-contract striker received a lucrative offer from a Chinese Super League club. (The Sun, print edition)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson
Samson is reportedly considering leaving Kilmarnock after the signing of Jamie MacDonald

Former Hearts and Aberdeen winger Andrew Driver will sign for De Graafschap this week after the 27-year-old impressed on trial with the newly promoted Dutch club.(de Gelderlander)

Former Hearts, Alloa Athletic and Raith Rovers striker Calum Elliot has been forced to retire from football at the age of 28 after undergoing a fourth operation on a knee injury. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Hearts left-back Kevin McHattie has warned prospective signing Juwon Oshaniwa, the 24-year-old Nigeria international, that he faces a battle for a starting place at Tynecastle.(The Scotsman)

Hibernian full-back Lewis Stevenson believes team-mate Scott Allan, the 23-year-old midfielder, is too good for suitors Dundee United and Rangers. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Hibernian left-back Lewis Stevenson thinks the Edinburgh club's board has learned its lessons from the sales of Scott Brown, Kevin Thomson, Derek Riordan, Garry O'Connor, Steven Whittaker and Steven Fletcher and will not cash in on Scott Allan, the midfielder who has been linked with the likes of Celtic and Rangers.(The Scotsman)

Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly plays against Eibar
Logan Bailly played for Celtic in their 4-1 friendly win over Eibar in Spain

Former Dundee United left-back Barry Douglas is hoping that helping Lech Poznan progress in the Champions League - they lead Sarajevo 2-0 after the first leg of their qualifier - will lead to a Scotland call-up. (Daily Record, print edition)

Scottish FA director of youth development Jim Fleeting has hit back at what he describes as mud-slinging within the media towards grassroots football in Scotland and defended the clubs and national bodies after criticism of the Club Academy Scotland system.(The Herald)

Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson, Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie and Kilmarnock chairman Jim Mann will today attempt to win places on the Scottish Professional Football League board, but present incumbents Eric Riley (Celtic), Duncan Fraser (Aberdeen), Stephen Thompson (Dundee United), Mike Mulraney (Alloa Athletic), Eric Drysdale (Raith Rovers) and Ken Ferguson (Brechin City) are all expected to be re-elected. (The Times, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow deserves to host Britain's Davis Cup semi-final in September, according to Andy Murray, who was speaking after the Scot had completed an historic win over France, last year's finalists, at Queen's Club.(The Scotsman)

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowall thinks the Royal & Ancient must consider altering the Old Course at St Andrews to save it from future savagings as many of the bunkers at this week's Open venue are no longer in play because of the distance many modern golfers can hit the ball. (The Irish Times)

Scotland squandered a chance to beat tournament favourites Poland at the European Nations Championships in Prague, having dominated the first half and being two seconds away from a very creditable 1-1 draw before conceded a goal.(The Herald)

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