Monday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirms he will talk to club owner Craig Whyte about signing St Johnstone's Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza. (Various)

McCoist is confident that on-loan defender Kyle Bartley will be at Ibrox for the remainder of the season, despite rumblings that Arsene Wenger might need him back at Arsenal. (Daily Record)

Sporting Gijon manager Manuel Preciado has dismissed the idea of Nacho Novo leaving in the January transfer window for Rangers. (Daily Record)

Dundee United's Scott Allan will move to West Brom on Monday, earning the Tannadice club about £300,000. (Daily Record)

Peterhead's Jamie Redman says he did not intend to hurt Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley - the Welshman's eye was cut by Redman's elbow in Celtic's Scottish Cup win at Balmoor. (The Sun)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon could offer Nigerian trialist Rabiu Ibrahim, 20, a deal if he impresses this week at Lennoxtown. (Daily Express)

Hibernian and St Johnstone are fighting it out to sign Kilmarnock's Dean Shiels until at least the end of the season - Shiels is at Rugby Park on loan from Doncaster Rovers. (The Sun)

AC Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso says his former Rangers team-mate Ally McCoist can guide the Ibrox side to the Scottish title but he warns that it will be mentally difficult to recover from losing their lead over Celtic. (The Sun)

Sochaux will this week offer £1m for Rangers' American midfielder Maurice Edu. (Daily Express)

Edu says he is flattered by the interest in him from the French side but insists he is enjoying himself playing for Rangers. (Daily Mail)

And his Rangers team-mate Nikica Jelavic has told a Croatian magazine that he has dreamed about playing in England for years. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Freya Murray, fifth in the Bupa Great Edinburgh cross country run, is heading to Kenya with the UK Athletics camp hoping it will help her secure a place in the marathon in the Olympics. (The Sun)

Glaswegian golfer Alastair Forsyth reckons his new grip helped him to his fifth-place finish in the Africa Open on Sunday. (Daily Record)

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