Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers winger Gregg Wylde has agreed a new five-year contract and insists that he never wanted to leave Rangers despite a failed bid from Bolton Wanderers. (the Sun)

Gregg Wylde is set to agree a new four-year contract with Rangers despite West Brom being the latest club to express an interest in the winger. (Daily Mail)

Rangers have blamed an internet rival fan for suggesting to Maribor that Carlos Bocanegra might not be eligible for their Europa League qualifier and described the writer as a "pathetic mischief maker". (Daily Record)

Maribor have not given up on their claim that Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra was ineligible for their Europa League qualifier and are likely to raise the matter with Uefa again should they lose the tie. (Daily Express)

Rangers could still face a Uefa investigation into Carlos Bocanegra's Europa League eligibility as Maribor's protest was only thrown out because they did not file it within 24 hours of the match being completed. (the Scotsman)

Rangers, who lost 2-1 to Maribor in their Europa League qualifier first leg, have fought back to reach the next round only five times in 29 European ties in which they have lost the first leg. (Daily Record)

Celtic captain Scott Brown will finally pledge his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract after their Europa League second leg against Sion. (Daily Record)

Injured Celtic duo Beram Kayal and Kelvin Wilson came through a final training session and could face Sion in their Europa League qualifer, but striker Gary Hooper is struggling to play. (Daily Record)

Celtic, who were held 0-0 in their first leg against Sion, have won only one of their last 28 European away games. (Daily Record)

Ahead of his side's Europa League second leg against Hearts, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp joked that Scottish players need to get back to eating porridge because English players appear to be bigger, faster and stronger. (Various)

Should Hearts, 5-0 behind from the first leg, lose by four goals or more to Tottenham in their Europa League qualifier, they will become Scotland's biggest-ever aggregate losers, surpassing Rangers' 12-4 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup semi-final. (Various)

Watford defender Tom Aldred has ended his six-month loan deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after being left out of manager Terry Butcher's team to face Ayr United in the Scottish Communities League Cup. (Various)

The meeting to decide the fixtures for Scotland's World Cup qualifying group has been delayed from this week until 23 November as Croatia wanted to wait until the end of the Euro 2012 qualifiers. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Colin Montgomerie fears that fellow Scotsman Martin Laird will miss out on the next Ryder Cup team because he remains based on the US golf tour. (Various)

Cricket Scotland is weighing up its wicket-keeping options after Gregor Maiden was ruled out of next year's Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers because of work commitments. (the Herald)

West of Scotland have joined Clydesdale, Greenock and Uddingston in backing the retention of a Scottish National League following a recent vote by the Wester District Union for a return to regional cricket leagues. (the Herald)

Matthew McAllister, whose brother is the Commonwealth and IBO light welterweight champion, has vowed to snatch some of Lee's limelight after penning a three-year professional boxing contract with promoter Tommy Gilmour. (Daily Record)

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