Scottish Gossip: Griffiths slams ref, buck stops with McNamara

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Furious Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths claims that referee Craig Thomson was wrong to show Aberdeen defender Andy Considine only a yellow card for fouling him when he was about to shoot at goal. He says had it happened at the other end of the pitch, a Celtic defender would have been sent off. (Various)

Dons' match-winner Paul Quinn says neither the players nor the fans wanted to settle for a 1-1 draw against Celtic and that is why they pushed for the 2-1 victory. (Sun on Sunday)

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander says the team must learn to be stronger mentally after they lost their second Scottish Premiership match in a row, 2-0 away to Inverness on Friday, after winning their first five. (Sunday Mail)

Leigh Griffiths complains to referee Craig Thomson
Leigh Griffiths complains to referee Craig Thomson for failing to send off Andy Considine

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says his players had a heated exchange of views after their 3-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday because they felt the standard of performance had dropped. (Various)

Warburton reveals that the players have their urine tested every day to check hydration levels. (Various)

Ahead of Celtic's Europa League Group A match against Ajax on Thursday, Ajax midfielder Nemanja Gudelj warns his current team-mates about the dangers of his former team-mate from NAC Breda, Nadir Ciftci, now at Celtic. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila thinks Ajax counterpart Frank de Boer was wrong to suggest that Fenerbahce would win the group and that the Scots and Dutch would be fighting for second place. He says "money is not everything". (Various)

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen insists the players will have no problem feeling motivated for the Europa League because their group, which also includes Molde, has the feel of a Champions League group. (Sunday Express)

Kevin McHattie, Kilmarnock's match-winner against Dundee United on Saturday, says he had been practising shooting with player-coach Lee McCulloch before the match and they had all been going in the net so when the chance arose to go for goal at the end of the game he thought he would try his luck. (Sun on Sunday)

United boss Jackie McNamara accepts that "the buck stops with me" as the Terrors drop to second bottom in the table. (Mail on Sunday)

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer praises the Scotland fans for applauding his team at Hampden last week but feels the Republic of Ireland are a better team to watch. Neuer thinks Scotland played "kick and rush" football in the second half of their Euro qualifier in Glasgow. (Sun on Sunday)

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless, who in May was found guilty of breaking Scottish Football Association rules forbidding betting on matches, says he has found it easier than he thought it might be to stop gambling. He says, looking back, he is shocked to think he placed a bet on Christmas Day. (Sun on Sunday)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara
Jackie McNamara's Dundee United have only four points from their seven Premiership games to date

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs hails the "riches" in his midfield as John McGinn, Dylan McGeouch and Liam Henderson impressed in the 3-0 win over Alloa in the Championship. (Sun on Sunday)

Beram Kayal reckons leaving Celtic for Brighton has saved his international career - his start for Israel against Wales last Sunday was his first since March 2013. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers chairman Dave King thinks it could be five years before Rangers fans know the truth about former owner Craig Whyte and former chief executive Charles Green's time at Ibrox. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist warns that if the team go into the first World Cup match against Japan with the idea of saving themselves for later games against South Africa or Samoa, they will be "in bother". (Sunday Herald)

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