Tueday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers fans are planning to boycott their club's Scottish Cup trip to Tannadice as a protest over Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson voting against the Ibrox club staying in the Scottish Premier League and his refusal to refund ticket money for an abandoned game in 2009. (Various)

Hearts manager John McGlynn apologises to the club's fans for the 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat by derby rivals Hibernian. (The Herald)

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon hopes the money raised by reaching the next stage of the Scottish Cup will help him keep striker Leigh Griffiths at Easter Road. (Daily Record)

And Fenlon's midfielder Lewis Stevenson says Hibs would need to have beaten Hearts 5-0 in the Cup to make up for the 5-1 Scottish Cup final hammering by Hearts. (Daily Record)

Arbroath chairman John Christison has welcomed Sky's decision to televise their Scottish Cup replay against Celtic. The fee of about £80,000 will help the club to break even this season. (The Herald)

Celtic stand to lose £2m from Rangers' absence from the SPL, according to football finance expert David Glen of PricewaterhouseCoopers. (Various)

And its report says the SPL has gone from a profit of £2m to a loss of £11.9m.

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Scottish Football Association president Campbell Ogilvie has warned the SPL not to rush ahead with its plans for two leagues of 12, with 18 clubs remaining in the Scottish Football League. He says "it's got to be right this time" and suggests holding off any change until season 2014/15. (Various)

Spartak Moscow's first-choice goalkeeper Sergei Pesyakov has returned to training after a one-month absence and could face Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Daily Express)

Celtic winger James Forrest urges the club's fans not to boo his hero Aiden McGeady when he returns to Celtic Park with Spartak Moscow.

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Pat Bonner, the former Celtic goalie, believes Rangers would top the SPL were they not playing in the Third Division. (The Sun)

Dundee manager Barry Smith insists his team won't dismiss the danger posed by either Morton or Turriff United when they meet in the Scottish Cup fifth round, following the Ton's replay against the Highland League side. (The Sun)


Scotland's favourable draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup at London's Tate Modern gallery was "little short of picture perfect". The Scots will play South Africa, Samoa and two other nations who have yet to qualify. (Daily Mail)