Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The Scottish Football Association is likely to retain Craig Levein as national coach following preliminary talks about the poor start to the World Cup campaign, but it could yet be forced to sack him if there is an angry reaction from the fans.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Craig Levein could survive as national coach because the Scottish Football Assocation team board and management always viewed third place in World Cup qualifying Group A as the most realistic target.

Full story: Scotland on Sunday

Craig Levein will find out his future a week on Tuesday, when the Scotland coach meets the Scottish Football Association board on his return from holiday.

Full story: Sunday Express

West Brom midfielder James Morrison says the Scotland players are urging Craig Levein to switch to a 3-5-2 formation considered by the coach before the World Cup campaign began - and that it is likely to be tried in the forthcoming friendly against Luxembourg.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte has warned against too much experimentation against Luxembourg as results in friendlies are required for points in the world rankings.

Full story: Sunday Herald

Scott Brown apologised to Scotland coach Craig Levein after a female guest complained about the loud music coming from the Celtic midfielder's room at the Celtic Manor Hotel after the 2-1 defeat by Wales.

Full story: The Sun

Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, whose side suffered defeats by Belgium and Macedonia, has been given a vote of confidence by his FA, which states that it did not expect to qualify from Scotland's World Cup group.

Full story: The Sun

Reacting to Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte's suggestion that the nation's football is held back by a Buckfast and burgers culture, Rangers manager Ally McCoist says his young players have a healthy diet.

Full story: The Sun

Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has revealed that there were four or five different arguments in a heated Ibrox dressing-room but thinks it helped them eventually overcome Queen's Park and leapfrog the Spiders at the top of Division Three thanks to his two second-half goals.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he has accepted an apology from Rangers chief executive Charles Green for describing the Midlands club as useless and not worth their £250m Premier League prizemoney.

Full story: The Sun

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has promoted Scottish Hall of Fame full-back Danny McGrain to first-team coach to fill the void left by Alan Thompson, who was sacked in June.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi said, after scoring a hat-trick in a 5-4 win over Deportivo La Coruna, that he is ready to miss the birth of his first child to play against Celtic in their Champions League Group G game in Spain on Tuesday.

Full story: The Sun

Glasgow-born former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady will miss Spartak Moscow's Champions League Group G meeting with Benfica this week with a foot injury picked up while playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Full story: Sunday Mail

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas has urged the Scottish Premier League not to burden his club with further sanctions after being late with player wage payments for a second month running.

Full story: Scotland on Sunday

Steve Kean has hit Blackburn Rovers with a £1.5m claim for an out-of-court settlement, the Scot claiming he was forced to resign as manager last month.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

Scotland striker David Goodwillie has been told by caretaker manager Eric Black he can still be a success at Blackburn Rovers despite being dumped by loan club Crystal Palace and being unable to play first-team football until January as a result.

Full story: The Sun

Crystal Palace's Dougie Freedman is the new favourite to fill the vacant Bolton Wanderers manager's position after chairman Phil Gartside travelled to London to speak to the 38-year-old Scot on Saturday.

Full story: Sunday Times (subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Paisley boxer Kenny Anderson floored former world champion Robin Reid in the fifth round in Sheffield to become British super-middleweight champion.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Letting agents are already reporting a demand for accommodation because of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Full story: Sunday Herald

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