Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brazil star Dani Alves warns his team-mates about the free-kick prowess of Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam. (Daily Mail)

After being called up to the Scotland squad, Watford-born Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith thanks his Scottish gran for making him eligible to play against Brazil when Craig Levein's play them on Sunday. (Various)

Mackail-Smith says he was planning to watch the game against the Samba stars on TV and cannot believe he could be playing in the game. (The Sun)

Villarreal striker Nilmar is determined that Brazil should not under-estimate the Scots. (Daily Record)

Having earned 61 caps by the age of 31, Richard Gough says he regrets his decision to quit international football early. (The Herald)

Celtic, Sunderland and Aston Villa are chasing the signature of 15-year-old Morton youth player Declan McDaid. (The Herald)

Thomas Rogne, who is about to make his debut for Norway against Denmark, believes playing in Old Firm games has prepared him for international football. (Daily Record)

Rangers' prospective buyer Craig Whyte says that for the club to avoid the doomsday scenario of beginning next season with no new owner and no new players, his takeover bid has to go through soon. (Daily Mail)

Celtic winger Kris Commons believes he and his team-mates let manager Neil Lennon down by losing the Co-operative Insurance Cup final to Rangers last Sunday. (The Sun)

Dundee United hope to have Craig Conway, Scott Severin and Mihael Kovacevic back for next Wednesday's Scottish Cup replay against Motherwell. (The Sun)

Freddie Ljungberg will be given the chance to get some first-team action for Celtic when they play Athletic Bilbao on Saturday night. (Daily Record)

Scunthorpe, second-bottom of the Championship, are interested in Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen to replace Ian Baraclough. (The Sun)

Rugby Park defender Frazer Wright says the Finn has changed the football philosophy at the club - Killie's training is now all about passing. (Daily Record)

Charlton captain Christian Dailly, the only member of the Brazil-Scotland '98 World Cup team still playing, says he has no plans to hang up his boots - he is now 37. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen says his decision to drop Johnnie Beattie in favour of Richie Vernon is based purely on form. (The Scotsman)

Paul di Resta insists he will remember the racing tradition of Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard when he makes his F1 debut for Force India in Melbourne on Sunday. (The Sun)

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