Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Former Rangers director Paul Murray says he will have assembled a team of "like-minded" businessmen by the end of this week to form a consortium to take over Rangers and hopes controversial South Africa-based director Dave King will be involved. (Scotland on Sunday)

Paul Murray has been given the green light to save Rangers after the former director had a productive meeting with the Scottish champions' administrators. (Sunday Times)

Rangers face a first-team cull within 48 hours - unless the players come up with a pay-cut plan to save their own jobs at the administration-hit Scottish champions. (Sunday Mail)

Runaway Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been tracked down to his luxury flat in Monaco but is refusing to do media interviews after the club went into administration. (Sunday Herald)

Alan Kernahan has become the first member of Ally McCoist's coaching staff to leave Rangers following administration after the Under-17 team coach joined Uwe Rosler's backroom team at Brentford. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch admits he and some other players have been having trouble sleeping because of the uncertainty surrounding their jobs after the club went into administration. (Sunday Mail)

Cesena's Seve von Bergen has rejected the chance to join Celtic in the summer and the Swiss defender has instead agreed a three-year contract with Serie A rivals Genoa. (the Sun)

Former Celtic midfielder Lubo Moravcik thinks Celtic could clinch the Scottish Premier League title with their Under-19 team and rest their first-team to make sure they win the Scottish Cup and Scottish Communities League Cup. (the Sun)

In-form Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has all but given up hope of being called up by Republic of Ireland for the Euro 2012 finals as he expects coach Giovanni Trapattoni to stay loyal to his present squad. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic captain Scott Brown has been given the all-clear to join the Scotland squad for Wednesday's friendly against Slovenia, but club manager Neil Lennon thinks it unlikely the midfielder will recover from the groin injury that forced him to miss Saturday's win over Motherwell. (Daily Express)

Everton forward James McFadden, who himself had a falling out with Craig Levein, has urged Wolves' Steven Fletcher to end his stand-off by phoning the Scotland coach and returning to international football. (Scotland on Sunday)

Jim Fleeting will be Billy Stark's Scotland Under-21 team assistant for the last time against the Netherlands on Wednesday as Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte has told him he will be replaced, with former Aberdeen striker Scott Booth being tipped as the successor. (the Sun)

Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte has hinted that former Celtic midfielder Islam Feruz, the 17-year-old now with Chelsea, will be fast-tracked into the Scotland Under-21 side to face Italy in April and could play a part in the senior side's World Cup campaign. (Daily Express)

Mark Wotte has had a chat with Josh McEachran, Chelsea's English-born midfielder with Scottish parents, but the Scottish Football Association performance director has not sensed any desire for the player to switch allegiance from England. (Sunday Times)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels will be asked by Scottish Football Association compliance officer Vincent Lunny to explain his criticism of referee Craig Thomson after the Ayrshire side's 4-0 defeat by Dundee United. (Sunday Mail)

Neo Salamis coach Steve Constantine has hit out at Dieter van Tornhout, saying the striker persuaded the club to terminate his contract because his father was dying in Belgium, but the player insists his dad is ill and was happy for him to join Kilmarnock as Scotland is closer than Cyprus. (the Sun)

Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Nick Phinn is ready to give up on hopes of playing again this season as he cannot afford another breakdown in his attempt to recover from a hamstring injury suffered during pre-season. (the Sun)


"Aberdeen Assassin" Lee McAllister feels he let the fans down after he retired in the seventh round, blaming a hand injury, as he was outclassed by European light-welterweight champion Denis Shafikov at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. (Sunday Mail)

Boxing legend Jim Watt wants world champion Ricky Burns to face fellow Scot and former title holder Scott Harrison as it would be a classic fight but thinks it will never happen because of the rivalry between promoters Frank Warren and Frank Maloney. (the Sun)

Stephen Gallacher plans to play more tournaments in the United States in the hope of emulating fellow Scots golfer Martin Laird and qualifying for events like this week's World Match Play in Arizona. (the Sun)