Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Plans to reduce the Scottish Premier League to 10 teams from the current 12 are dead, according to John Yorkston, the Dunfermline chairman. (Various)

El Hadji Diouf, on loan at Rangers for part of last season, is poised to leave Blackburn Rovers this summer. (The Sun)

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hopes to persuade Blackburn Rovers to allow Gavin Gunning to return to Fir Park next season after a successful loan spell last term. (Daily Express)

Zander Diamond's proposed move from Aberdeen to Hearts is in doubt over concerns about an old ankle injury. (Daily Record)

Henry McLeish urges Scotland's football clubs to vote for radical change at next Tuesday's annual general meeting of the Scottish Football Association. (The Sun)

Jos Hooiveld will be back at Celtic for pre-season training after Copenhagen knocked back the chance to turn his loan spell into a permanent move. (Daily Record)

And he should have Beram Kayal for company at the Glasgow club - Celtic are to offer him improved terms to stave off interest from clubs in England. (Daily Record)

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre says he would be happy to sign a new deal. (Daily Express)

The club's manager Neil Lennon denies that he is interested in Peterborough's Craig Mackail-Smith and George Boyd. (Daily Express)

Maccabi Haifa striker Tomer Hemed, available on a free transfer, has caught the eye of Rangers boss Ally McCoist. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United are weighing up a move for Dundee United's 21-year-old left-back Barry Douglas. (The Sun)

Midfielder Paul Burns turned down the offer of a new deal and a testimonial at Queen of the South to sign for Dunfermline. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray jokes that he was on more pills than Ozzy Osbourne to cope with the pain in his ankle when he was on his way to beating Viktor Troicki at the French Open. (The Herald)

Glasgow scrum-half Chris Cusiter says that his short-term move to Australia to play for Southern Districts has prepared him for a starting place for Scotland in the World Cup. (Daily Mail)

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