Saturday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has defended Scotland manager Craig Levein from 'crass' attacks by the media. (Various)

Benfica captain Luisao is likely to miss his side's Champions Leagus clash with Celtic after being banned for pushing a referee in a pre-season friendly. (Scotsman)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist fears the SPL are conducting a 'witch-hunt' against his club after clearing Celtic over an EBT payment to Juninho. (Various)

McCoist also believes most SPL clubs would welcome Rangers back into the SPL should they achieve successive promotions. (Scotsman)

The Ibrox club could be back in Europe next season - if they won the Scottish Cup and the SFA invited them. (Sun)

St Johnstone's Rowan Vine has admitted he is keen to sample a European night at Celtic Park despite being a Rangers fan. (Star)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown will beg the club's board to fund the signing of free agent James McFadden. (Various)

Inverness winger Aaron Doran has told Jonny Hayes to expect a full-blooded reception from his former teammates when he returns to the Highland capital with new side Aberdeen. (Star)

Scotland have slumped below Cape Verde and the Central African Republic in the latest FIFA rankings. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Chris Hoy will wait until next summer before deciding if he will compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (Various)

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