Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Celtic striker Gary Hooper has set his sights on a move to Barcelona.

Hooper states he is planning on seeing out the final two years of his contract with Celtic before looking to a move to the English Premier League, and then a transfer to Barcelona.

Full story: Sunexternal-link

Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra has insisted he will return to play for the Ibrox club next season, but has ruled out taking another pay cut. (Various)

And former Ibrox defender Marvin Andrews has denied being involved in the Employee Benefits Trust scheme. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, the SPL have warned Rangers they face 'serious sanctions' if they ignore a last chance to hand over paperwork for the league's investigation into dual contracts, but no deadline has been set for handing over the documentation.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

But Rangers' administrators, Duff & Phelps, are weighing up whether to seek a judicial review of the SFA's 12-month transfer ban on the club.

Full story: Heraldexternal-link

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld believes Celtic can become champions of Europe again, but that manager Neil Lennon needs to sign four new players to qualify from the Champions league group stages next season. (Sun)

And Icelandic striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson could be one of those players, with Celtic's scouts having watched the player over the past few months.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

Hearts have claimed that new deals for manager Paulo Sergio and forward Rudi Skacel are their top priority. (Sun)

But the Hearts boss is worried budget cuts at Tynecastle could undermine his plans for the club. (Daily Record)

Midfielder Danny Swanson, who left Dundee United at the end of the season, is closing in on a move to Championship club Peterborough United. (Herald)

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is hopeful that the lure of European football will convince Inverness CT striker Gregory Tade to sign for the Perth club. (Sun)

Ross County right back Gary Miller is also set to join Saints after turning down a one-year deal at Victoria Park. (Press and Journal)

Scotland striker Craig Mackail-Smith has snubbed the chance to play for Team GB at the Olympics saying he felt playing for Scotland was more important than playing for Britain. (Various)

Scotland and Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley says that whoever signs freed goalkeeper Craig Gordon will be picking up the footballing bargain of the century. (Various)

And Scotland youngster Islam Feruz, 16, says he is aiming to break into Chelsea's first team before his 18th birthday. (Sun)

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