Scottish Gossip: Coulibaly, Brown, Roberts, Cathro, McKay, Strachan

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Kilmarnock are playing a relegation lottery following the sale of striker Souleymane Coulibaly, says former Rugby Park boss Mixu Paatelainen.

"It's a huge gamble unless they have a ready-made replacement who can come in straight away and fill that void," added Paatelainen. (Daily Record)

Coulibaly's switch to Egyptian side Al Ahly - for a fee in the region of £800,000 - could prove a blow to Killie boss Lee Clark's Premiership survival bid. (The National)

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Coulibaly's stunning strikes for Killie

Celtic captain Scott Brown is in talks over a testimonial as he approaches his 400th appearance for the club since his switch from Hibernian in 2007. The 31-year-old is expected make the landmark appearance against St Johnstone tonight at Celtic Park. (Various)

Meanwhile, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hopes to have Scott Brown available for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia in March.

"If my life was on the line then Scott's name would be on the team-sheet," said Strachan. "He's one of those guys you would pick to save your life."

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has warned would-be suitors that Barrie McKay won't be allowed to leave Ibrox for less than he's worth. McKay, 22, has 18 months left on his contract. (Various)

Celtic captain Scott Brown
Celtic captain Scott Brown, in line for his 400th club appearance, is in talks over a testimonial

Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has accused the club's Premiership rivals of trying to boot them off the pitch and wreck their unbeaten start to the season.

Hearts head coach says he hasn't watched back his post-match interview following his side's Scottish Cup draw with Raith Rovers on Sunday. "No one has sent me a copy of the clip yet and I don't think I'm going to watch it." (Scottish Sun)

Full story: Scottish Sun

Lisbon Lion Jim Craig has urged Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side to write themselves into the record books by avoiding defeat against St Johnstone tonight and Hearts on Sunday, to eclipse the Lions' record of 26 games unbeaten to start a season. (Daily Record)

Dundee United have rejected a £40,000 bid from Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol for striker Simon Murray. United are seeking a fee in the region of £250,000 for the 24-year-old forward. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee United striker Simon Murray (far right)
The Moldovans are tracking United striker Simon Murray (far right)

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke is determined to dash hopes of an Edinburgh derby in the Scottish Cup - by beating Hearts in their cup replay and booking a fifth-round tie against Hibs. (Various)

Falkirk boss Peter Houston aims to help in-demand left-back Tony Gallacher further develop at the club. Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton have been linked with the £750,000-rated defender. "Tony's just 17 and I think people should now just leave him alone and let him develop," says Houston. (Herald)

St Johnstone are unfazed by Celtic's bid to beat the Lisbon Lions' unbeaten record and are only interested in trying to secure three points, according to Saints midfielder Murray Davidson. (Various)

Consistency away from home is the key to a better second half of the Premiership season for Rangers, according to captain Lee Wallace. (Various)

Scott Allan's season-long loan at Rotherham United appears brighter after manager Paul Warne praised the Celtic midfielder's display against Newcastle United. (Herald)

Hearts midfielder Malaury Martin says former Rangers star Dado Prso sold him on a move to the Premiership. The Frenchman, who asked Prso for his views on life in Scotland, said he was told: "It's good football and the stadiums are full." (Daily Record)

Motherwell have blocked a move by Western Sydney to take striker Scott McDonald back to his native Australia. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland will face the southern hemisphere's big two when they take on New Zealand and Australia in this year's autumn Tests. (Scotsman)

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