Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

West Ham launch a £6m bid to sign Rangers' striker Nikica Jelavic now that manager Sam Allardyce has given up hope of signing Jordan Rhodes. (The Sun)

Darren Mackie's 13-year Aberdeen career will end in May. (The Sun)

Mervan Celik says it was manager Ally McCoist who persuaded him to make the switch from GAIS in Sweden to Rangers. (Daily Record)

Celik reveals he had offers from England and Germany but "followed his feelings" by signing for the SPL title holders. (Daily Express)

Team GB manager Stuart Pearce insists that Steven Fletcher's absence from the Scotland set-up will not prevent him picking him for the Olympic team, should he choose to. (Daily Record)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says James Forrest will manage to keep his feet on the ground despite being touted as one of world football's top young players by Fifa. (Daily Record)

And Lennon seems relaxed about waiting until the summer for the arrival of new signing Jaroslaw Fojut from Slask Wroclaw. (Daily Mail)

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio reckons the SPL would be "stupid" to deduct points from his team over the late payment of wages because it would hurt the very players the league is trying to help. (Daily Express, Daily Mail)

Rangers' John Fleck hopes to emulate the progress made by Charlie Adam by joining Blackpool on loan to try to get some first-team football. (Daily Record)

Inverness skipper Richie Foran jokes that in his spat with Jonny Hayes on Wednesday evening his team-mate was too scared to hit him so he hit referee Euan Norris (albeit accidentally) instead. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown says that despite landing the Dons £1m from the sales of Chris Maguire, Ricky Foster, Sone Aluko and Jack Grimmer, he won't get any of that money to strengthen the team. (The Sun)

Motherwell assistant manager Kenny Black urges fans to support striker Michael Higdon rather than getting on his back. (Daily Express)

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