Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic want Rangers to pay them up front for tickets for the 28 December Old Firm match at Parkhead, for fear they might not be paid for the 8,000 tickets. (Daily Record)

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is relieved Sone Aluko will be unavailable for Rangers when the teams meet on Saturday - the Irishman reckoned the winger, who has been banned for two matches for diving, was the league leaders' danger man. (Daily Express)

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre plans to appeal the two-match ban he was given by the Scottish Football Association for his criticism of Steve Conroy over the Aluko diving incident. (Daily Record)

Dundee United manager Peter Houston wants to see summer football, after ice, wind and rain ruined his team's training this week. (Daily Record)

Midfielder Beram Kayal is using Celtic as a stepping stone to the English Premier League, according to his uncle who represents him in transfer dealings. (Daily Express)

Hearts have asked their players to wait until March to be paid, with owner Vladimir Romanov offering an extra payment on top if they agreed - the players have refused. (The Sun)

Wealthy Hearts fans have approached the heir to the throne in Qatar to bail out their cash-strapped club. (Daily Mail)

Partick Thistle boss Jackie McNamara says he will be sorry to see Kyle Hutton go back to Rangers when his loan spell at Firhill expires at the weekend, but he believes the player is in a better position now to get some games for the Ibrox club. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Paul Lawrie is determined to play well at the Dubai World Championship so that his sons, 12 and 16 years old, see that they can see that their dad is a "decent" player. (Daily Record)

Hoping for an improvement in Edinburgh's defence, Nick de Luca wants to see an end to his team's "circus act" when they take on Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup on Friday evening. (Daily Mail, The Times)

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