Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Defender Christophe Berra thinks Scotland will have to beat Wales twice to have any hope of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. (Various)

Celtic's Welsh international Joe Ledley says facing Scotland in a Battle of Britain makes up for the lack of an Old Firm derby. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland captain Don Masson says the lack of talent in the Scotland squad is 'embarrassing'. (Sun)

Wales manager Chris Coleman insists his side want revenge for a Scottish win in 1977. (Star)

Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew insists he will put friendships with Welsh Celtic team-mates, Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews to one side ahead of the World Cup qualifier between the two nations. (Times)

Scotland under-21 manager Billy Stark is using Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a role model to motivate his players. (Times)

Celtic winger James Forrest insists he never had any thoughts about leaving the Parkhead club ahead of signing a new contract. (Star)

And team-mate Victor Wanyama insists he will not be distracted by talk of a move to Manchester United. (Sun)

Hearts manager John McGlynn has been left playing a waiting game over plans to re-sign former player Rudi Skacel. (Various)

Hibs have injury worries over captain James McPake after he was forced to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad. (Various)

Ross County chairman Roy McGregor says manager Derek Adams will have cash to spend in the January transfer window. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is set to offload keeper Jason Brown in January. (Various)

Falkirk manager Steven perssley believes Scotland should open a centre of excellence or fall behind other nations. (Various)

Scot Eric Black, Blackburn's caretaker manager, has been ruled out of the running for the Ewood Park job on a permanent basis. (Mirror)


Edinburgh rugby have refused an offer to play their away Heineken Cup fixture with Saracens in Cape Town, South Africa. (Herald)

Scotland's Janice Moodie has been named captain of the European Junior Solheim Cup team. (Scotsman)