Friday's Scottish gossip
Scotland forward James McFadden is set to earn a one-year deal with Sunderland after impressing during a trial following his summer release by Everton.
Scotland full-back Phil Bardsley brokered the peace deal with Scotland coach Craig Levein that led to Sunderland team-mate Steven Fletcher returning to the international squad.
Vancouver Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie does not think the hamstring injury that forced Kenny Miller out of the 4-0 win over Chivas USA after 18 minutes will lead the striker to miss Scotland's World Cup double-header against Wales and Belgium.
Chris Coleman is set to relieve 21-year-old Aaron Ramsey of the Wales captaincy in favour of Ashley Williams as the manager looks to impose his authority on the squad ahead of their World Cup meeting with Scotland.
Former Celtic striker Craig Bellamy is poised to be named in the Wales squad to face Scotland despite the Cardiff City player having a run of niggling injuries.
After calling up goalkeeper Fraser Forster for the first time, England manager Roy Hodgson says he has taken note of Celtic team-mate Gary Hooper's recent scoring exploits.
Stirling Albion player-manager Greig McDonald will miss his side's Third Division match against Rangers because he is getting married and the ceremony was arranged before he took over from Jocky Scott.
St Johnstone's Steve Lomas said he sought advice from Everton's Davie Moyes before turning around the Saints' poor form and winning the Scottish Premier League manager of the month award for September.
Dundee's 16 coaches will take part in a training course delivered by staff from AC Milan next week as the club looks to revolutionise its youth system.
Former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde is poised to join League One outfit Carlisle United on loan after failing to break into Boldon Wanderers' first team.
Paul di Resta admits his future is still uncertain despite a career-best fourth place in Singapore two weeks ago as the Force India driver has missed out on big-money moves to McLaren and Ferrari.
Scotland will open their tour of South Africa with a game on Tuesday against a Highveld Lions side that includes Jean Symes, the Saltires' overseas player in last season's CB40 campaign.