Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Swedish 19-year-old Alex Milosevic admits joining Celtic would interest him, but Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Werder Bremen are also tracking the £1.5m-rated central defender who could leave AIK during their winter break. (the Sun)

Striker Joe Sise will begin his Rangers trial this morning, having arrived in Scotland last night after the Sweden Under-21 international's contract ran out at Halmstads. (Daily Mail)

Rangers, Hearts, Southampton, Leicester City, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough are among a group of around 20 clubs keeping tabs on Partick Thistle's Aaron Sinclair, the 20-year-old defender signed from Montrose in the summer. (the Herald)

Arsenal are contemplating a £12m bid for Aston Villa's Scottish midfielder, Barry Bannan, in the January transfer window. (Caught Offside)

Sligo Rovers have granted Paul Cook permission to speak to St Johnstone and he is believed to be in Scotland to discuss personal terms about becoming the Perth club's new manager. (Daily Mail)

St Johnstone have agreed a £30,000 compensation package with Sligo Rovers to make Paul Cook the new manager at McDiarmid Park. (the Sun)

Furious Hearts players were still waiting to be paid last night but hope to finally receive their delayed wages within 24 hours. (the Sun)

Hearts' backroom staff received their wages yesterday, but senior players are still waiting. (the Scotsman)

Scotland's World Cup 2014 qualifying group fixtures could be decided by a computer because Balkan rivals Croatia and Serbia look unlikely to agree on the dates for their games. (Daily Record)

Scotland assistant Peter Houston may miss the national side's friendly against Cyprus next month to focus on his faltering Dundee United side. (Daily Express)

The Cyprus Football Association has confirmed that next month's friendly against Scotland will be played in Larnaca. (Various)

Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark says Scotland coach Craig Levein should hand Jordan Rhodes a full cap soon or risk losing the Scotland Under-21 striker to England. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Football Association has named 38-year-old Vincent Lunny, who has worked with the Crown Office and in war crimes prosecutions, as its new compliance officer, deciding whether incidents missed by match officials should be referred to the governing body's new judicial panel. (Various)

Hearts defender Craig Thomson, who left the club after accusations of internet sex chats with underage girls, could return to Tynecastle in two weeks at the end of his loan spell with Lithuanian club Kaunas. (the Sun)

Blackburn Rovers are ready to give Steve Kean a new contract in a show of support to their beleaguered Scottish manager. (Daily Mail)

Leicester City could turn to Billy Davies, sacked by Nottingham Forest in June, should they fail to persuade Martin O'Neill to take over from the departed Sven-Goran Erkisson. (Daily Record)

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Steve Nicol has stepped down as coach of New England Revolution after 10 years, the longest-serving coach in Major League Soccer history having failed to take his team to the play-offs for the second year running. (Daily Record)

Celtic's Europa League opponents, Atletico Madrid, could have a new head coach by the time of their 20 November tie, with Gregoria Manzano facing fan protests after a poor start to the La Liga season. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland remain behind Tonga in 10th place in the latest world rugby rankings. (the Scotsman)

John Simpson will fight British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby at London's York Hall on 18 November. (the Sun)

Fife Flyers have signed Toms Hartmanis, who was axed last week by Missouri Mavericks, and he will make his debut for the Elite Ice Hockey League strugglers once he receives international clearance. (Daily Mirror)

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