Wednesday's Scottish gossip

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has criticised Gordon McQueen for his comments that Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy should be booed by the Scotland fans in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier for choosing to represent Ireland, insisting it would be hypocritical as some Scotland players were born in England. (Various)

Given has also revealed he was a "nervous wreck" when he was on the Celtic bench for an Old Firm game at the age of just 17. (Daily Record)

Former Republic boss Mick McCarthy hopes to hear the Scotland fans booing McGeady and McCarthy - because it means they will be bossing the game. (Various)

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has no problem with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan sticking with David Marshall as his number one, but still has his eye on reclaiming the jersey. (Various)

Charlie Telfer scores for Dundee United against St Mirren
Charlie Telfer left Rangers to join Dundee United in the summer, with the clubs yet to agree a fee

Scotland defender Russell Martin has warned the Republic of Ireland that his side will happily engage in a physical battle when the sides meet at Celtic Park. (Daily Express)

Midfielder James Morrison is confident Scotland will get the better of Ireland in the crucial Group D match. (Daily Record)

Irish FA chief John Delaney has again criticised the SFA over his nation's ticket allocation for Friday, claiming "no association has treated us as badly as the Scots have done" in his 10 years in charge. (Various)

Graeme Souness revealed he was part of Brian Kennedy's failed recent bid to seize control of Rangers, as he blasted former Ibrox chief executive Charles Green in a scathing assessment of the boardroom chaos at the club. (Various)

Souness was also angry at the way he was treated by the SFA after applying for the Scotland manager's job in 2008, revealing he found out he did not get the job through the newspapers. (Various)

Former Scotland manager Walter Smith says the national job revived his career, and reckons it is doing the same for Gordon Strachan. (Herald)

Celtic striker John Guidetti admits his Sweden international team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic was right to hammer him over his attitude at the start of the season. (Daily Record)

Dundee United are ready to take Rangers to a tribunal to sort out a fee for starlet Charlie Telfer, who moved to Tannadice from Ibrox. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen admits fans have already started approaching him to demand the Scottish champions beat Rangers in the League Cup semi-final at the start of next year. (Scottish Sun)

Dan Carter
Dan Carter could return from injury for the All Blacks against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday

Inverness Caledonian Thistle youngster Ryan Christie is being chased by Burnley. Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County. (Scottish Sun)


Scotland skipper Greg Laidlaw is sure his side can upset the world champion All Blacks on Saturday at Murrayfield, providing they have a real go at the Kiwis. (Scottish Sun)

Stand-off Dan Carter is ready to make his return for New Zealand in their weekend meeting with Vern Cotter's Scots. (Scotsman)

Scot Colin Montgomerie has challenged the next chief of the European Golf Tour to reverse the drain of talent to America. (Daily Express)