Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Angry Celtic manager Neil Lennon has threatened to drop his underperforming players for the Champions League match against Benfica after their 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has warned that Celtic's defenders will be unable to handle Benfica striker Rodrigo, who spent a season on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Real Madrid.

Full story: Scotland on Sunday

Benfica defender Luisao could yet still play against Celtic in Glasgow as the Portuguese could appeal against a two-month ban for pushing a referee in a pre-season friendly.

Full story: The Sun

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has resolved the Greek FA of any blame for Georgios Samaras picking up an injury against Latvia that rules the striker out of the Champions League group stage opener against Benfica.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes thinks he was axed by Ipswich Town as a teenager because manager Roy Keane and the Portman Road hierarchy did not like his dad, Andy, who was the club's goalkeeping coach, but that the decision made him more determined to succeed and prove them wrong.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Scotland coach Craig Levein has repeated his view that Jordan Rhodes is not yet ready to start at international level, despite the striker's double in Blackburn Rovers' 5-3 win over Bristol City.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Rangers manager and former Scotland striker Ally McCoist thinks Craig Levein is right to introduce Jordan Rhodes gradually into the Scotland starting line-up.

Full story: The Sun

Craig Levein says his wife, Carol, cannot eat or sleep properly because of the pain she feels at the flak he receives as Scotland coach.

Full story: Sunday Mail

With 43%, Craig Levein has a worse winning record than Berti Vogts (49%) in competitive fixtures as Scotland boss and just ahed of George Burley (42%).

Full story: Sunday Herald

New signing Colin Nish, the striker on loan from Hartlepool United, broke his nose in the process of putting Dundee ahead in their 2-1 defeat by Motherwell.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee has told Scotland defender Garry Kenneth to lose weight and improve his general fitness following his move from Dundee United to the League Two club.

Full story: The Sun

Dunfermline Athletic goalkeeper Paul Gallacher has taken a part-time coaching role at Alloa Athletic after Alan Combe departed for Hearts.

Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Warwickshire's South African-born all-rounder, Neil Carter, could be drafted into Scotland's cricket squad to tour his homeland as he qualifies under he ICC's new parentage rule.

Full story: The Sun

Edinburgh's Greig Tonks has sidestepped suggestions that he is likely to replace injured Chris Cusiter in the Scotland squad after the South African-born scrum-half's man of the match display in Friday's 41-10 demolition of Zebre.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Veteran full-back Hugo Southwell cannot understand why he is being overlooked for Scotland despite being London Wasps' player of the season last term and beginning this one on form.

Full story: Sunday Times

Surprise Italian Open front-runner Garth Mulroy has turned down an invitation to the Alfred Dunhill Championship because he says Scotland in October is too cold.

Full story: Sunday Mail

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