Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers are close to signing Spanish defender Raul Rodriguez and will enter negotiations with Espanyol, who value the 23-year-old at £500,000, on Monday. (Sunday Times)

Ally McCoist admits Rangers' bid for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar is nearing collapse and the Ibrox manager has voiced his frustration at agents preventing him speaking directly with players. (News of the World)

Spartak Moscow's Croatia goalkeeper, Stipe Pletikosa, will fly into Glasgow this week for a trial with Celtic. (News of the World)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is an admirer of Craig Gordon but is unsure whether the Glasgow club could afford Sunderland's asking price for the Scotland goalkeeper. (News of the World)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is in no rush to sell Efrain Juarez but stresses that the Mexican midfielder must improve to claim a regular first-team place. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown says he wants to stay with Celtic but has urged the club to speed up talks about extending his contract, which ends next summer. (Sunday Mail)

Scott Brown has renewed his determination to reject overtures from Newcastle United and other top English clubs to extend his stay with Celtic. (News of the World)

Former Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst says fellow Dane Morten Rasmussen needs to leave the club as soon as possible for the sake of the striker's career. (Sunday Mail)

Motherwell striker Jamie Murphy says he is no rush to quit the club despite being linked with English top-flight outfits Bolton Wanderers and QPR. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says the early start to the Scottish Premier League has made it more difficult for Scottish clubs to bring in new players. (Sunday Mail)

Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes the early start to the season will not help Scottish clubs in Europe - but summer football would. (Sunday Mail)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels believes Scottish football will be held back until there is a switch to summer football as it would help clubs develop young talent. (Sunday Mail)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood says he would love to sign on-trial striker Cillian Sheridan, who has left CSKA Sofia. (News of the World)

Colin Calderwood laughed off heckling from Hibernian fans during their 3-1 friendly win over East Fife following reports that the Edinburgh club's manager is keen to move to Birmingham City or Nottingham Forest as their assistant. (Sunday Herald)

Former Rangers youth striker Craig McShea is suing Hibernian for £1m after his professional career was cut short by a broken leg resulting from a tackle by Lee Currie three years ago. (Scotland on Sunday)

Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith says he received no offers to join English top-flight clubs before signing for Brighton from fellow Championship newcomers Peterborough United. (TalkSport)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray fears he will be too tired to play for Great Britain in September after the US Open should the team progress to face Hungary or Belarus in the next stage of the Davis Cup. (Sunday Mail)

Colin Montgomerie has criticised the decision to shorten the Scottish Open to three rounds, saying it could ruin his chances of extending his run of qualifying for the Open to 22 years. (Sunday Mail)

Dutch golfer Robert-Jan Derksen has described the European Tour's handling of the suspension of play at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart as a disgrace. (Scotland on Sunday)

Boxer Ricky Burns and Englishman Nicky Cook have banned the usual pre-bout verbal mud-slinging ahead of the Scot's defence of his WBO super-featherweight title in Liverpool. (Various)

Edinburgh winger Tim Visser has set his sights on playing for Scotland when he completes three years of residency at the end of the coming season. (Scotland on Sunday)

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