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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Should Alan Pardew lose his job as manager of Newcastle United, former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes is the clear favourite to replace him.(Daily Star)

Celtic are facing selection problems up front against Dinamo Zagreb, with both Stefan Scepovic and Kris Commons missing training on Tuesday through injury, which could mean a recall for out-of-favour striker Leigh Griffiths. (The Sun, print edition)

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Domagoj Antolic says the Croatian side will not be overawed by visiting Celtic Park in the Europa League on Thursday, comparing the atmosphere there to the 12,000-seater Stadion Kantrida - home of Rijeka - in his homeland.(The Herald)

Anthony Stokes insists he is not concerned about his barren scoring streak in European football, the Celtic striker having scored only twice in 22 appearances ahead of Thursday's Europa League match against Dinamo Zagreb. (The Scotsman)

Celtic's Europa League opponents, Dinamo Zagreb, are a "club without fans", with the local futsal team attracting larger crowds than the Croatian champions, who have alienated their own support.(The Herald)

The Sons of Struth has followed fellow supporters group the Union of Fans in calling for bus tycoon Sandy Easdale to quit Rangers and has threatened a mass boycott of the Glasgow club should he not be removed from the board. (Daily Express)

Ally McCoist and Barry Ferguson embrace as Rangers face Clyde
Under-pressure Ally McCoist has been backed to succeed by Barry Ferguson

Rangers winger Fraser Aird has branded Hibernian a team that should not be capable of beating the Glasgow side despite the Edinburgh outfit's 3-1 win at Ibrox on Monday.(The Herald)

Rangers will win the Scottish Championship and manager Ally McCoist will prove doubters wrong, insists former Ibrox stalwart Barry Ferguson, now managing Clyde. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright believes Scotland counterpart Gordon Strachan was too slow in calling up striker Stevie May and is disappointed because the Perth club could have demanded a bigger transfer fee for an international striker when they sold him in the summer.(The Herald)

Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May says his call-up to the Scotland squad is a dream come true. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has refused to say whether David Marshall, who started against Germany, Allan McGregor or fit-again Craig Gordon will be his number one goalkeeper ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.(Daily Record)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has added to his backroom staff by recruiting Scott Thomson, who played for Raith Rovers, Dundee United, Forfar Athletic, Hull City, Motherwell, Airdrie, Dunfermline Athletic and Brechin City, as goalkeeping coach. (The Herald)

Paul Goodwin is to stand down as head of Supporters Direct Scotland "to pursue other interests" after two years in charge of the group that advocates fan ownership of football clubs. (The Scotsman, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ricky Burns will make his boxing comeback against the Frenchman Alexandre Lepelley in Leeds on Saturday after a change of opponent just three days before the fight.(The Herald)

Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson begins his long road to recovery from injury today following a successful operation on the left knee shortly after his move from Glasgow Warriors to London Wasps. (The Scotsman)

Scottish second-row forward Andy Cramond has broken into a Toulon squad full of international players at the age of 20 and could be ready for a surprise call up to the Scotland squad in time for next year's World Cup. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Commonwealth gold medallist Euan Burton says his life is even more hectic as a coach than it was as a judo player.(The Scotsman)

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