Scottish Gossip: Joey Barton, Chris Sutton, Rangers, St Mirren

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Joey Barton, already suspended by Rangers for three weeks, could face another ban, this time from the Scottish Football Association, after claims that he bet on Celtic to lose heavily against Barcelona. (Daily Record)

Barton is being probed over claims he broke football betting rules. The suspended Rangers ace, 34, is believed to be facing an SFA charge of punting on games since coming to Ibrox. (Sun)

Barton reveals in his autobiography "No Nonsense" that he turned down an approach from Celtic at the end of last season because he had already agreed to sign for Rangers. (Various)

The former Manchester City midfielder claims that he received a call from an agent acting on behalf of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell asking if he would be interested in a move to Parkhead, the day before he wrapped up his move to Ibrox. (Daily Mail)

Chris Sutton
Chris Sutton has been an outspoken critic of Mark Warburton this season

Mark Warburton responds to criticism by former Celtic striker Chris Sutton by saying he has "absolutely zero interest" in his opinion. BT Sport pundit Sutton said Warburton's future as Rangers boss would be in doubt if the team lost their next two games, against Queen of the South on Tuesday and Aberdeen on Sunday. (Daily Record, Daily Mail)

Sutton thinks Warburton's handling of the Joey Barton situation has been weak and a similar scenario would have been handled more firmly by Martin O'Neill, his manager at Celtic. (Daily Record)

Celtic will work on becoming a team that grind out results after their late setback against Inverness CT, according to assistant manager Chris Davies. (Scotsman)

Davies has warned goalkeeper Dorus De Vries that his relationship with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers does not mean he is safe from being dropped. (Scottish Sun)

Warburton says the "Glasgow fishbowl is fairly unique" and reveals that experienced players such as Clint Hill and Niko Kranjcar have been taken aback by the media scrutiny of their time at Rangers. (Daily Record)

Ex-St Mirren striker Steven Thompson insists he will not be seeking a return to his old club as successor to sacked manager Alex Rae. (Daily Mail)

Jack Ross distances himself from the managerial vacancy at Championship club St Mirren, saying he enjoys the job he is doing at League One Alloa. (Daily Record)

Gus MacPherson
Former Buddies defender Gus MacPherson is in charge of Queen's Park

Former Buddies manager Gus MacPherson, currently in charge at Queen's Park, has had no contact from St Mirren about a return to the club and says rumours linking him to the vacant managerial position are "pure speculation". (Herald)

Aberdeen's on-loan midfielder from Norwich, James Maddison, says he has been "blown away" by the standard of player at the club, citing the technical ability of players such as Jonny Hayes, Kenny McLean and Wes Burns. (National)

Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan thinks people should lay off Mark Warburton, despite him being the manager who showed him the door at Brentford. "I don't have a bad word against him," said the Dons player, who will come up against his former boss at Pittodrie on Sunday. (Various)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has set Louis Moult a target of 20 goals by Christmas even if that might attract buyers in January. (Daily Record)

Owain Fon Williams says being part of the Wales squad at the Euro finals this summer was the best time of his life
Owain Fon Williams says being part of the Wales squad at the Euro finals this summer was the best time of his life

Ahead of his team's trip to Cappielow on Tuesday in the Betfred Cup quarter-final, Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon is confident he has the strength in depth to recover from losing four players to illness and injury in Saturday's game against Falkirk. (Times, National)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has thanked Scottish football for helping him through his personal grief after losing his younger brother to suicide. (Sun)

Owain Fon Williams hopes his goalkeeping heroics in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Celtic will have boosted his chances of becoming first-choice keeper for Wales. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ricky Hatton reckons Ricky Burns deserves to crown his career with a dream Las Vegas pay-day, but warned that his student Kiryl Relikh could snatch it all away when the pair fight in Glasgow on 7 October (The Scotsman)

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