Thursday's Scottish gossip

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Striker John Guidetti is hoping for the chance to take on Rangers in the League Cup semi-final, after netting a hat-trick in Celtic's 6-0 hammering of Partick Thistle to help send the Scottish Champions into the last four. (Various)

And the on-loan Manchester City player says whoever Celtic face at Hampden are "going down". (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic boss Ronny Deila says Guidetti is proving a great capture for his side, but he insists the club are also a great fit for the young Swede. (Daily Record)

Mike Ashley, who has recently increased his influence hugely at Rangers, is poised to take control of the rights to the club's two famous badge designs. (Herald)

And former Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the club's fans should be happy to have Ashley in a position of prominence. (Herald)external-link

Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen was rushed to hospital for an emergency scan on the head injury he suffered in the 1-0 League Cup win over St Johnstone. (Various)

Former Ibrox forward Andy Little has tipped Lewis Macleod to become a Rangers legend, but admits the club may struggle to hold on to the talented midfielder. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean
Striker Steven MacLean is hoping to be back scoring goals for St Johnstone by the start of next year

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is ready to pitch the club's youngsters into his top team as the Staggies battle for Premiership survival. (Various)

SFA coach Scott Gemmill reckons former performance director Mark Wotte will receive the credit he deserves in years to come. (Various)

The Irish FA are angry with their Scottish counterparts over the number of tickets given to them for the Euro 2016 play-off at Celtic Park, but the SFA say they have acted in accordance with Uefa guidelines. (Scottish Sun)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insists his side will have "no fear" of getting beat when they take on Scotland. (Daily Express)

Scotland defender Ifeoma Dieke has not scored in 99 games for her country but she doesn't mind making it 100 as long as her side see off Holland in Thursday's World Cup 2015 play-off second leg. (Scottish Sun)

Alex McLeish has paid tribute to his players after guiding Genk to second spot in the Belgian league, having taken over when they were in the relegation zone. (Various)

Injured St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean has set his sights on a return to first team action in the new year. (Daily Record)

Queen of the South are considering using their Palmerston ground to host concerts in a bid to raise some extra finance. (Daily Record)

Legia Warsaw have made peace with Celtic after the row that erupted when the Poles were kicked out of the Champions League qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player in their win over the Scottish side. (Daily Mail)


Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will wait to name his captain for the autumn Tests, just in case his squad is hit with any more injuries. (Scottish Sun)