Scottish Gossip: Celtic's Scepovic linked with Maccabi Tel Aviv

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland accuses Celtic players of acting like "pigs" and "children" during their Champions League play-off first leg. (Daily Record)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has warned against playing for a draw against Malmo when the two sides resume their Champions League play-off in Sweden next week, with the Scottish champions holding a slender 3-2 lead. (Scotsman)

Maccabi Tel Aviv are to launch a £1.5m bid to sign striker Stefan Scepovic from Celtic. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic
Scepovic has struggled for form since joining Celtic a year ago

Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley believes the Tynecastle club are genuine title contenders after a great start to the season. (Ladbrokes.com)

Craig Flannigan is quitting as Hibernian's head of sports science to take up the same role at Championship rivals Rangers. (Daily Record)

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy has called for cool heads in Friday evening's Renfrewshire derby between his side and St Mirren. (Herald)

Former St Mirren midfielder and ex-Morton boss Billy Stark is so glad what he calls the "secret derby" is live on BBC Alba for Scotland to savour. (Daily Record)

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy
Duffy's Morton host St Mirren on Friday evening

Scotland Under-21 coach Ricky Sbragia has admitted he made a gaffe when he described Jack Harper as a "luxury" player during his time in charge of the Under-19s. Harper has since left Real Madrid to join Brighton. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland prop Ryan Grant is likely to be out for a month but should still be available for the Rugby World Cup, according to head coach Vern Cotter. (Herald)

Edinburgh Rugby have signed Tonga international Otulea Katoa on a one-year deal and the winger will feature in Friday's friendly against Romania in Melrose. (Scotsman)

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