Scottish Gossip: Rangers boss rejects English overtures, Celtic's Brown targets 2018 finals

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The Scottish FA will hand Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Dani Lopez, who has already been suspended indefinitely by his club, a two-game suspension after an alleged spitting incident involving St Johnstone's Neil Martyniuk in an under-20 fixture. (The Sun, print edition)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has indicated he will sack Spanish striker Dani Lopez if an allegation that he spat at St Johnstone's Neil Martyniuk in a development league game is upheld. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes says he will come back better and stronger after being sacked by Real Sociedad. (The Sun)

Steve Clarke has performed a U-turn by deciding to remain manager of Reading despite an approach from English Championship rivals Fulham, who had made the 52-year-old Scot their top target. (The Sun, print edition)

Fulham are prepared to revive talks with Steve Clarke, who was poised to leave Reading for Craven Cottage after the two clubs agreed a compensation fee only for the manager and club to fail to agree personal terms despite the London outfit having offered around £80,000 a year more than their Championship rivals.(Daily Mail)

Reading manager Steve Clarke
Reading manager Steve Clarke has held talks with Fulham about a switch to the London club

Mark Warburton has pledged his long-term future to Rangers despite interest from Fulham and Queens Park Rangers in the Ibrox manager. (The Herald)

Kenny Miller says he wants to win one more top-flight title with Rangers before retiring, the 35-year-old striker having agreed a 12-month extension to his Ibrox contract.(The Scotsman)

Former owner Craig Whyte has launched a bid to pocket £6m from the Rangers oldco creditors pot, with Rangers FC Group, formerly Wavetower, contesting a decision by liquidators to reject his claim through the Court of Session. (Daily Record)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has claimed that both he and the first-team squad he supervised at Fir Park in season 2007-08 lost out on bonus money due to them as a direct result of Rangers' unauthorised use of Employee Benefit Trusts because they finished third behind champions Celtic and Walter Smith's Ibrox side.(The Scotsman)

Mark McGhee feels sick when he thinks about being the assistant manager of the only British Isles nation not to have qualified for Euro 2016 but is convinced that Gordon Strachan can come up with the remedy to cure Scottish football's ills. (Daily Record)

Scotland could host South Korea in an end-of-season friendly, with head coach Uli Stielike revealing that an approach has been made by the Asian outfit to play in either May or June. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, the Scotland captain, has targeted the 2018 World Cup finals as the perfect way to end his international career. (The Herald)

Scott Brown is relieved he chose to join Celtic instead of Rangers when leaving Hibernian in 2007 and says it was the best decision of his life. (Daily Telegraph, print edition)

Scott Brown has admitted that El Hadji Diouf helped him become loved by Celtic fans, the captain and midfielder saying he had a difficult relationship with the home support until his on-field confrontations with the controversial former Rangers forward. (Daily Record)

Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon says he felt let down because not enough was done to tackle sectarianism during his time in Scotland, the former Celtic manager having received death threats and bullets in the post as well as being attacked by a fan at Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium.(The Herald)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs insists that Scottish football is crying out for the Edinburgh club and Rangers to return to the Premiership. (The Scotsman)

The Scottish Professional Football League has given clubs the green light to play the French national anthem ahead of this weekend's fixtures as a tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.(Daily Record)

Cardiff's Rhys Healey in action for Dundee
Cardiff City striker Rhys Healey's loan spell with Dundee has been cut short through injury

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning says he will leave it up to Christian Nade to decide whether his heart is in facing Aberdeen on Sunday, the striker having been left badly shaken after after his sister, Franzette, was trapped in a restaurant next door to one of the establishments where gunmen opened fire on innocent diners in Paris last week. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke has urged Greg Kiltie to make a quick decision about his future after talks about the 18-year-old winger's contract, which ends at the end of January. (Daily Express, print edition)

Cardiff City striker Rhys Healey has had his loan spell at Dundee cut short after the 20-year-old damaged an ankle against Partick Thistle and Dens Park manager Paul Hartley is considering recalling Craig Wighton from Raith Rovers. (The Sun. print edition)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald hopes the Premiership club's announcement that they are debt free will help him make January signings but is not expecting a large pot of money. (The Sun, print edition)

Ayr United might have to redraw the club crest on their shirts after a complaint from a rival team's fan that they had broken an ancient heraldic law and the procurator fiscal to the Court of Lord Lyon has already suggested potential changes that the League One outfit could make. (The Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Eilish McColgan, speaking after the International Association of Athletics Federations suspended Russia following an investigation into the state-sponsored doping of athletes, believes mother Liz was cheated out of medals during her career because of drugs cheats. (The Courier)

Two impressive winning streaks are on the line at Murrayfield on Friday, with Edinburgh Capitals looking for their eighth consecutive home victory when they host Elite League-leading Nottingham Panthers, who are without a loss in their last five. The teams also meet again tomorrow and one - or even both - winning runs will not survive the weekend. (The National)

Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons says that his team is willing to accommodate any plans French club Agen have to mark the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday evening. (The Scotsman)

Scotland's David Law, Paul Shields and Peter Whiteford all missed out on a European Tour card after the final stage of the qualifying school in Spain. (The Sun, print edition)

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