Scottish Gossip: McInnes on bets, Strachan future, Brown injury

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes refused to be pictured with his Ladbrokes manager of the month award for September. The 44-year-old was angered after the bookmaker announced on Wednesday they had suspended bets on him being the next Scottish Premiership manager to leave his post. (Daily Record)

And McInnes has urged Scottish Professional Football League sponsor Ladbrokes to put an end to taking bets on managers parting company with their clubs. (Daily Mail)

Scotland coach is Gordon Strachan expected to confirm in the next 48 hours that he will continue in the role. (Daily Record)

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan
Strachan has been Scotland coach since January 2013

Or, a statement on Strachan's future is expected on Friday. (Scotsman)

Captain Scott Brown may miss Celtic's Europa League meeting with Molde on Thursday after picking up an injury in training on Thursday. (Daily Record)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila will make no attempt to influence Brown's Scotland international future, even though the Norwegian believes international retirement would be a good thing for the midfielder. (Daily Mail)

Dundee United have offered 19-year-old defender John Souttar a lucrative contract amid reported interest from Celtic and Rangers. (Daily Record)

Dundee United defender John Souttar
Souttar has racked up over 50 appearances since making his debut almost three years ago

United chairman Stephen Thompson believes new manager Mixu Paatelainen can convince Souttar to change his mind and sign a new deal at Tannadice. (Scotsman)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton have offered Israel cap and former Racing Santander midfielder Gai Assulin the chance to win a deal at Ibrox. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter is using the wise words of Sir Alex Ferguson to inspire his side ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia, urging them to "play the game, not the occasion". (Daily Mail)

The Scots appear to have given up hope of having Ross Ford and Jonny Gray available to face the Wallabies, with appeals against three-week bans for the duo aimed at reducing the severity of the suspensions rather than having them expunged. (Herald)

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