Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic duo Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest are adamant the Glasgow side should have been given a penalty for a barge on the latter during last night's 0-0 draw with Benfica in the Champions League. (Daily Record)

Motherwell are to open contract talks with manager Stuart McCall, who has a deal that will expire at the end of the season. (Daily Express)

And manager Neil Lennon thinks the draw will have enhanced Celtic's standing in Europe after four years of missing out on the Champions League. (Various)

All 12 SPL clubs may have to wait another month before they receive the outstanding £300,000 due from the league's commercial deals. (Herald)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels insists he did not call Paul Cairney "a diver" but maintains the Hibs midfielder should not have been awarded a penalty at the weekend. (Daily Record)

Annan chief Henry McClelland has dismissed claims from Rangers boss Ally McCoist that the artificial pitch at Galabank is to blame for David Templeton's injury. (Daily Record)

Captain James McPake says the calming influence of fellow defender Alan Maybury has been a major factor in Hibernian's encouraging start to the season. (Various)

England coach Ray Clemence was at Celtic Park last night to keep an eye on goalkeeper Fraser Forster. (Sun)

The Tartan Army are disappointed by the Belgian FA's minimum allocation of 3293 tickets for next month's World Cup qualifier in Brussels. (Various)

Scotland star James McFadden has been invited to train with Sunderland. (Sun)

Rangers striker Kevin Kyle is likely to be given a two-match ban following his red card against Queen of the South in the Ramsdens Cup. (Herald)

Cowdenbeath striker Zephaniah Thomas, born in England, has been called up to represent St Kitts and Nevis in next month's Caribbean Cup. (Herald)

Released Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie has been offered a chance to play for US side Phoenix FC. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland stand-off Ruaridh Jackson will turn out for Ayr at the weekend, having been dropped from Glasgow's 23-man squad for the clash with Connacht. (Various)

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