Scottish Gossip: Scotland, Mark McGhee, Tony Watt, Celtic, Aberdeen

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Scotland coach Mark McGhee claims 22-year-old striker Tony Watt needs to be "smacked around" and sent to a boot camp to improve his attitude and fitness. Charlton's Watt, on loan from Blackburn, has been called up to the Scotland squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic on Thursday. (Various)

Billy Stark, the former Scotland Under-21 manager, hopes Watt "realises what he has" because he could be "a top international footballer". (Times)

With two almost entirely different squads for the matches against the Czechs and Denmark, McGhee insists the point is to develop players, not to experiment. (National)

Right-back Alan Hutton describes the prospect of winning his 50th cap in Prague as "surreal" and that when he comes to look back on his career he will realise it was a "massive achievement". (Times)

Tony Watt and Mark McGhee
Mark McGhee wants Tony Watt to improve his fitness so he can make the most of his talent

Hutton, though, would trade his cap haul to be able to play in a World Cup finals or European Championship. (Daily Record)

Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips says the thought of playing for Scotland again, adding to his two caps, kept him going when he was injured and suffering from a loss of form. (Sun)

New Denmark coach Age Hareide is looking for two wins in his opening matches against Iceland and Scotland, and points out that the team must do better in the final third of the pitch than was the case under the previous boss Morten Olsen. (National)

Celtic could play Barcelona in the International Champions Cup this summer, with Dublin's Aviva Stadium a possible venue. Inter Milan, Leicester, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Liverpool and Chelsea are other possible opponents in the tournament, which is the brainchild of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. (Daily Mail, Sun)

Former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish, now in charge at Egyptian club Zamalek, says the rivalry with Cairo neighbours Al Ahly is just as intense as it is with the Old Firm. (Daily Record)

Former Aberdeen midfielder Dougie Bell cannot see Celtic winning all their remaining Premiership matches and believes the Dons' title challenge has been written off too soon. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes feels that, having overcome setbacks such as the return of on-loan goalkeeper Danny Ward to Liverpool and injuries to Adam Rooney, Jonny Hayes, Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett, the team can rally to catch Celtic. (Daily Express)

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs insists there can be no excuses for losing four league games in a row. (Various)

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has been nominated for Danish Player of the Season and Goal of the Season for his displays with former club Midtjylland. (Sun)

Dundee United will alter the seating arrangements for visiting fans after manager Mixu Paatelainen became involved in a spat with Dundee supporters who were taunting him at Tannadice. (Sun)

Jo Moultrie
Jo Moultrie was at a loss to explain her disappointing performance in the 3000m final in Oregon

Alex Smith, chairman of the Scottish League Managers Association, thinks the verbal abuse of managers from fans has gone too far. He argues that the humour has gone out of football and that the abuse can be "really venomous, really personal and nasty". (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila gave a rendition of the "Ronny Roar" at Rugby Park as a thank you to the club's fans and to show what the dramatic late win meant to him. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Badminton Scotland are inviting primary school pupils in the country to design a mascot for the TOTAL BWF World Championships which Glasgow will host in August 2017. (National)

Ahead of their fight for the vacant WBA World Super-Lightweight belt in May, Italy's Michele Di Rocco claims Scottish opponent Ricky Burns is "a little bit past his prime". (Scotsman)

Jo Moultrie is desperate to bounce back by qualifying for the Great Britain Olympic team after finishing last in the 3000m final at the World Indoor Championship in Portland, Oregon. Moultrie's time was 30 seconds slower than the one she recorded in the UK trials. (Herald)

Former British & Irish Lions captain Martin Johnson says Glasgow Warriors and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is at "the front of the queue" for the number 15 Lions jersey for the tour to New Zealand next summer. (Scotsman)

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