Scottish Gossip: Youth development under the spotlight, Mike Ashley fine

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Peterhead boss Jim McInally, a former Scotland international, blames the pro-youth system for leaving rejected kids "depressed and suicidal". (Various)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton, instrumental in setting up the NextGen series - the forerunner to Uefa' Youth League - believes Scotland's youngsters would benefit from regular competition with other European nations. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian youth boss Eddie May says there needs to be a focus on quality over quantity in the search for the next generation of players, saying top clubs have far too many recruits in their academies. (Various)

Scotland U19 coach Scot Gemmill insists we have talented players coming through and is disappointed that bigger clubs are reluctant to give them a chance. (Various)

Former Scotland star Charlie Nicholas is worried that players are "hitting a wall" between the ages of 18-22 and not developing the way they should. (Daily Express)

Scotland U21 captain John McGinn says the squad has been given a "wee boost" this week by the presence of national manager Gordon Strachan as they prepare for tonight's match with Ukraine in Paisely. (Various)

John McGinn in training with Scotland U21s
Scotland U21s take on Ukraine at St Mirren Park tonight

And U21 head coach Ricky Sbragia insists his squad has "an abundance of talent" as he bids to get the team to their first European finals since 1996. (Scotsman)

Inverness Caley Thistle goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams is in line for his first Wales cap in tonight's friendly with the Netherlands, having been a squad regular for seven years. (Sun)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says Scottish football must improve in quality in order to attract more finance from broadcasters. (Various)

Hearts are keen on extending Miguel Pallardo's contract despite the Spanish midfielder being restricted to just five appearances this season due to injuries. (Herald)

Newcastle owner and Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley is refusing to pay a £1000 SFA fine for breaching dual control regulations and is taking legal action to have the action quashed. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone midfielder Simon Lappin says he will come back fitter and stronger from groin surgery. (Sun)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is sure his players can keep up their challenge for the Championship title and predicts a few "twists and turns" over the the winter, with bad weather and deteriorating pitches a likely factor. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Tennis needs to devote more resources to tackling drug cheats, says Andy Murray. (Daily Mail)

Two group wins at the ATP World Tour finals would guarantee Murray ends the year as the number two player in the world. The Scot has been drawn alongside Stan Wawrinka, Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer in London. (Various)

World Cup experience will help Glasgow when they start their European campaign away to Racing 92 in Paris this weekend, reckons winger Tommy Seymour. (Various)

Scotland U20 caps George Horne, Andrew Davidson, Robbie Fergusson and Jack Cosgrove are training with London Scottish and will stay on with the English second tier side for an extended period. (Scotsman)

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