Saturday's Scottish gossip

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Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk insists he did not ask to leave the club during the summer transfer window. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Leigh Griffiths has been warned by Celtic manager Ronny Deila that he must become a "24-hour athlete" in order to have a successful career with the Glasgow side. (Scotsman)external-link

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell
Bell faces a spell on the sidelines

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell is out until 2015 after dislocating his shoulder in training. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston has called on the current Ibrox board to sell their shares in the club and give up their power before the ailing club goes until meltdown. (Herald)external-link

Motherwell captain Keith Lasley says going to Celtic Park does not hold the same sense of dread but admits Sunday's match in Glasgow will still be one of the Steelmen's toughest games of the season.(Daily Record)external-link

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has praised the impact of Sir Alex Ferguson in securing Hampden's role at Euro 2020 after the former Scotland boss talked up the national stadium ahead of Friday's announcement of which grounds would host games at the event. (Scotsman)external-link

And Uefa president Michel Platini revealed it was the memory of his former colleague and one-time SFA chief executive David Taylor - who passed away in June - that held sway as Glasgow pipped Cardiff by a single point to become one of the 13 host cities for Euro 2020.(Daily Record)external-link

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, a cancer survivor, gave counsel to Dundee United youngster Jordan Moore after the 20-year-old was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, with the striker given all the clear several months ago. (Herald)external-link


Former European captain Bernard Gallacher is relishing next week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and revealed "there is more pressure being a captain than being a player". (Herald)external-link