Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL 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.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

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.

Full story: Paisley Daily Expressexternal-link

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.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne is unhappy that the contract extension offered him by Celtic is "much worse" than other players with the Scottish champions.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

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.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

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.

Full story: The Scotsmanexternal-link

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.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

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.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Motherwell have taken 23-year-old Belgian midfielder Axel Bossekota, previously of Tirlemont, Marck and Oud-Haverlee Louvain, on trial.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Endura, the Scottish pro-cycling outfit, will achieve pro-continental status for 2013 after a merger with German team NetApp was announced yesterday.

Full story: The Heraldexternal-link

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.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link