Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Anthony Stokes was dropped from Celtic's squad for Sunday's Scottish Premier League game against Motherwell because of a hotel bust-up with manager Neil Lennon after the striker broke club rules. (the Sun)

Monterrey striker Aldo de Nigris says Celtic have opened talks with him about a £2.5m move to the Glasgow club but says he also has options in England and Spain. (Daily Express)

Celtic midfielder James Forrest, Leeds striker Ross McCormack and Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson will be included in coach Craig Levein's Scotland squad for forthcoming Carling Nations Cup games. (Various)

Departing Rangers manager Walter Smith has blamed Celtic's early-season criticism of referees for turning it into one of the blackest in the history of Scottish football. (Various)

Fife police are investigating a possible sectarian threat after a blade was found in a package sent to former Rangers director Donald Findlay, now chairman of Cowdenbeath, after a bomb disposal team was called in by the club. (Various)

Ally McCoist is targeting six new signings as he takes over from Walter Smith as Rangers manager next season. (Daily Mail)

Vladimir Weiss fears that Roberto Mancini will block a return to Rangers on loan because the Manchester City manager does not rate the Scottish Premier League. (Daily Record)

David Weir says he has no intention of hanging up his boots next season at the age of 41 and that he will be playing for someone else if he is not still with Rangers. (Daily Express)

Rangers will be seeded in next season's Champions League qualifiers and will enter the third qualifying round at the 15 July draw. (the Sun)

David Robertson has signed for St Johnstone after the midfielder turned down more lucrative terms and the offer of a testimonial at Dundee United. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown will grant striker Chris Maguire his wish for a new two-year contract rather than be tied to the Dons for three. (Various)

Derby County have targeted Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Bryson, Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire and Inverness Caledonian Thistle forward Adam Rooney. (the Sun)

Crystal Palace are poised to beat St Johnstone to the signature of Dundee midfielder Craig Forsyth, with the Dens Park club demanding £100,000 in compensation for the 21-year-old. (Daily Record)

Scotland have missed out on an extra European place for next season after finishing 18th in the Uefa Fair Play rankings. (Daily Record)

Dunfermline Athletic striker Andy Kirk is close to agreeing a new contract with the club promoted to the Scottish Premier League. (Daily Record)

Relegated Stirling Albion, who have only one player signed for next season, have invited fans to pay £200 each to play in a X-Factor closed-doors trial on 4 June in front of manager Jocky Scott. (Daily Record)

Scotland international Garry O'Connor, who was released by Barnsley, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine while Hearts players Ian Black and Robert Ogleby were detained on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug and later released. (the Sun)

Hearts midfielder Rudi Skacel has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the former lover he claimed spent £43,000 of his money after they split. (Various)

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has not responded to the Football Association's charge of improper conduct over his comments about referee Howard Webb. The Scot neither accepted nor contested the charge by Monday's 1600 BST deadline in an apparent protest. (the Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has urged the European Tour to choose France as the host venue in seven years time. (Various)

Glasgow Tigers bosses have warned off Elite League clubs who are interested in Nick Morris after the 16-year-old Australian made a storming start to the speedway season. (Various)

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