Friday's Scottish gossip
Speculation was growing last night that Rangers could shortly be floated on the London stock exchange in a move that could raise up to £20m for the Ibrox club now playing in Division Three.
Australian striker Francesco Stella has been given international clearance from the Italian FA to sign a one-year contract with Rangers.
A former business partner of Dave Wares, who grew up supporting Dundee United, says the American-based, St Andrews-born businessman who is fronting a bid to buy St Mirren and thwart the hopes of the community-led 10000Hours group is the ideal man to take over the club.
Queen's Park full-back Paul McGinn, who was close to joining Aberdeen in the summer until picking up a knee injury, looks poised to copy big brother Stephen and younger brother John by joining St Mirren.
Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne is unhappy that the contract extension offered him by Celtic is "much worse" than other players with the Scottish champions.
Celtic might have to do without new striker Lassad for four Scottish Premier League games if the Tunisian helps his country reach the Africa Cup of Nations.
Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor has admitted that he hasn't fully recovered from the groin injury that threatened his starting place in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia.
Scottish Football Association bosses are confident there will be a sell-out for the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia, despite the threat of a boycott from Rangers fans unhappy at how the governing body handled their club's summer financial crisis.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has dismissed Scotland's World Cup hopes, saying his Serbia side's Group A rivals cannot play football on the deck.
Motherwell have taken 23-year-old Belgian midfielder Axel Bossekota, previously of Tirlemont, Marck and Oud-Haverlee Louvain, on trial.
Endura, the Scottish pro-cycling outfit, will achieve pro-continental status for 2013 after a merger with German team NetApp was announced yesterday.
Kelly Brown's return to action last week after long-term injury gives Andy Robinson a dilemma over the national captaincy, but the Scotland coach is likely to stick with Ross Ford.