Monday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has made Dundee United and Scotland Under-21 striker David Goodwillie his summer signing priority despite a recent spying trip to Argentina. (the Sun)

Niall McGinn's agent says the Northern Ireland winger could ask to go out on loan in order to boost his chances of becoming a first-team regular at Celtic. (Daily Express)

Newcastle United are keeping tabs on Celtic captain Scott Brown as the midfielder approaches the final year of his contract. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is weighing up an immediate £6m move for Celtic midfielder Scott Brown and could use goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who was on loan with the Glasgow club, in a player-plus-cash deal. (Daily Express)

Celtic are weighing up a move for Maccabi Haifa midfielder Lior Rafaelov, but Brugge are among other European clubs interested in the 25-year-old Israel international. (the Herald)

Maccabi Haifa striker Tomer Hemed will hasten his switch to Rangers as he recently obtained a Polish passport. (Daily Express)

Celtic are considering whether to join Rangers in the race to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Neil Danns. (Daily Express)

Rangers have been warned by Steven Whittaker's agent that top-flight English clubs could join the race to sign the Scotland defender after the Glasgow club rejected two offers from Turkish outfit Bursaspor. (Daily Express)

Leeds United, Leicester City and Watford could be joined by Cardiff City and other Championship clubs in the race to sign Craig Conway, but Rangers are now out of the bidding for the out-of-contract Dundee United and Scotland winger. (Daily Express)

Alex McLeish could hold the key to Rangers' hopes of signing out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar should the Scot take over as manager. (Daily Record)

Birmingham City are ready to block any attempt by Aston Villa to appoint Alex McLeish as manager and are considering legal action after the Scot resigned from the relegated club. (Various)

Aston Villa are likely to anger their own fans should they move for Alex McLeish after his resignation from city rivals Birmingham City. (Various)

Birmingham City have told Alex McLeish not to talk to any other clubs after they refused to accept his resignation as manager. (Daily Mail)

Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello has emerged as a summer signing target for Aston Villa and Wolves. (the Sun)

Motherwell lead the chase to snap up highly rated former Manchester City winger Karl Moore, the 22-year-old presently with Galway but also interesting League One and League Two clubs. (Daily Record)

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Alan Hutton is emerging as a target for new Fulham manager Martin Jol. (the Sun)

The Scottish Premier League is considering scrapping the New Year fixture between Celtic and Rangers after pressure from the police and Scottish Government. (Various)

Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association has called for a vote of no confidence in Michael Johnston and said they will not be renewing season tickets, claiming that the chairman is putting the club's existence in danger by alienating fans. (Daily Record)

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has claimed that referees are "slaves" to the Scottish Football Association and it was their poor decisions that have led to his club receiving a record £100,000 for a poor disciplinary record last season. (Various)

Cardiff City will have to pay Watford £300,000 if they want Scotsman Malky Mackay as their manager. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish driver Allan McNish says his heart stopped when he watched a re-run of his horror 120mph Le Mans crash on television. (Various)

Allan McNish has rejected claims he should have showed more caution in lapping traffic ahead of his spectacular exit from the Le Mans 24-hour race. (Various)

Dario Franchitti, winner of the season's opening race the following day, has described IndyCar bosses as "a joke" after they decided to draw grid positions out of a hat for the second run in Texas, where he started 28th and finished seventh. (the Sun)

Andy Murray lost by two sets to one to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - at table-tennis - as the pair's Aegon Championships final at Queen's Club was delayed until today by rain. (Various)

Royal Bank of Scotland will this week announce a new sponsorship deal with Andy Murray despite making big cutbacks since its bail out by the taxpayer. (the Scotsman)

Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley has jumped to third in the world rankings after a stunning performance in winning the 400m medley at the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monaco. (Various)

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