Thursday's Scottish gossip

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A Rangers fans group want to know what shareholder Mike Ashley has been given in return for handing back the naming rights to Ibrox, as it was revealed the Newcastle and Sports Direct owner has loaned the club a further £1m. (Daily Record)external-link

Aberdeen fans Willie and Elaine Donald are ploughing £3m into the Pittodrie outfit, as part of a restructuring plan that will help the club become debt-free. (Daily Record)

Former Aberdeen star Neale Cooper is convinced the Pittodrie men can go on to challenge for the league title in the future thanks to their soon-to-be improved financial situation. (Daily Record)

Midfielder James Morrison says his goal against England in Scotland's friendly at Wembley last year meant the world to him, but he would gladly swap it for a winner against the Republic of Ireland in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying match. (Daily Record)

Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney has been singled out for praise by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Former Scotland hero James McFadden insists Friday's match is bigger than any game he ever played for the national side. (Scottish Sun)

Neil Lennon reckons the Scotland-Ireland game is too close to call, as he paid tribute to the opposing managers Gordon Strachan and Martin O'Neill, both of whom he has worked with in his career. (Daily Record)

Everton star Seamus Coleman will happily have a kick at his club team-mate and close friend Steven Naismith when the pair line up against each other in Friday's crucial match at Celtic Park. (Daily Record)

Naismith has revealed he could have played for Wales because his dad was born there, but revealed he would never have turned his back on Scotland. (Daily Mail)

Bernie Slaven, who was born in Scotland but played for the Republic of Ireland, believes Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy deserve praise for declaring their allegiance to the men in green. (Various)

McGeady has revealed he will not let the boo-boys get to him on Friday at Celtic Park, as he vowed to ignore any flak from the Scotland fans. (Scottish Sun)

Republic boss O'Neill has hailed Scotland's Shaun Maloney as a "great talent" and says the forward, who he managed at Celtic, was always destined to make it in the game. (Daily Record)

Stefan Scepovic
Stefan Scepovic has yet to find top form for Celtic and could be set for a move to Spain in January

Scotland legend Davie Wilson reckons Gordon Strachan will lead the national side to victory over Ireland on Friday. (Herald)

England fans have snubbed the friendly against Scotland on Tuesday night, with thousands of tickets for the away end remaining unsold. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown reckons Hampden should have been rebuilt using Celtic Park as a model, due to the brilliant atmosphere created on big nights at the home of Scotland's champions. (Various)

And Brown revealed even Rangers players preferred Celtic Park to Hampden during his time as national manager. (Scotsman)external-link

Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds says club team-mate Ryan Jack will become a feature in the Scotland squad, as he is great at dictating the tempo of game even though he is not an "eye-catcher". (Herald)

Ajax manager Frank de Boer, who had a short stint playing in Scotland with Rangers, has advised his in-demand Dutch countryman Virgil van Dijk not to leave Celtic in January. (Daily Record)external-link

Spanish top-flight side Levante are lining up a January loan move for Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic, who has only found the net twice since moving to Scotland in the summer. (Daily Record)

Graeme Shinnie's agent has revealed the left-back will leave Inverness Caledonian Thistle this summer, having turned down a new contract offer. (Star)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has paid tribute to Sweden team-mate John Guidetti for finding his form at Celtic, having previously criticised the striker's attitude. (Various)

Stuart Hogg try
Stuart Hogg was one of the star performers when Scotland beat Argentina at Murrayfield

David Moyes has been backed to succeed in Spain as boss of Real Sociedad by Arsenal star Mikel Arteta, who played under the Scot at Everton. (Daily Record)


Andy Murray says he cannot wait to take on Roger Federer in the World Tour Finals in London on Thursday night. (Various)

Scot Alastair Forsyth insists he has no regrets over his decision to call time on his European Golf Tour career, after he lost his card and opted not to enter the final stage of Qualifying School. (Scottish Sun)

Colin Montgomerie hopes Scotland will host the Ryder Cup again as soon as 2026, following the success of the event this summer at Gleneagles. (Scotsman)external-link

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter is set to stick with the side that saw off Argentina when his team take on world champions New Zealand at the weekend. (Daily Mail)