Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers could be banned from European football next season after breaching Uefa's new Financial Fair Play Regulations by publishing their latest set of accounts without having them signed off by an independent auditor.

However, the Ibrox club say they still have four months to have the accounts signed off in time. (Daily Record)

Ernst & Young's Neil Patey says there is nothing surprising in Rangers' accounts but that the outcome of the club's ongoing tax case with HMRC may be what is holding up the process of having them signed off. (Scotsman)

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has placed Celtic's Beram Kayal on a list of potential replacements for injured midfielder Lucas Leiva. (Daily Mail)

Gary Hooper is keen to extend his contract at Celtic, which still has 18 months to run. (Sun)

Sunil Chhetri, one of two India international strikers who went on trial with Rangers this week, says the pair's trip to Glasgow was a waste of time as the club begin discussions with Brazilian club Corinthians over a potential player exchange arrangement. (Daily Record)

But Rangers manager Ally McCoist has assured Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua that he will continue to monitor the pair when they return to action in the I-League. (Various)

The Scottish FA have told Jamie Mackie he is free to play for Team GB at next year's Olympics, the QPR and Scotland striker having expressed an interest in featuring at the London Games. (Sun)

Meanwhile, the SFA, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League are discussing changes to the current league set-up in Scotland and will deliver a 'consultation paper' to clubs next year. (Sun)

Hibernian's David Wotherspoon admits the Easter Road squad are playing for their futures under new manager Pat Fenlon. (Various)

Dunfermline have an injury crisis ahead of Saturday's trip to Ibrox with manager Jim McIntyre struggling to find enough bodies to fill the bench. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England coach Brian Asthon has emerged as a leading contender to join Andy Robinson's backroom staff with Scotland. (Daily Mail)

Robinson is eager to improve upon his "unacceptable" tournament record when Scotland return to Six Nations action next year, his side having won just once in each of the previous two tournaments. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, Robinson has a clause in his contract that would allow him to be released for a year after the 2012 Six Nations should he be asked to coach the British and Irish Lions when they tour Australia in 2013. (Scotsman)

Scottish boxer Willie Limond has vowed to carry on after last week's defeat to Anthony Crolla. (Various)

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