Scottish Gossip: Barton for Celtic, and Warburton asks 'St Mirren who?'

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says qualifying for the Europa League play-off with a win over Kairat Almaty this evening would be "a brilliant achievement." (Daily Express)external-link

Their Kazakhstani opponents suffered a two-hour delay on their mammoth trip to Scotland, and did not arrive until just after 4am yesterday after making stops in Moscow and Ostend. (Herald)external-link

Pittodrie will be full to its 20,000 capacity this evening against Kairat Almaty
Pittodrie will be at its 20,000 capacity this evening against Kairat Almaty

Danger-man Gerard Gohou was on the flight after missing the first game. He has scored 18 goals so far for Kairat this season. (Sun - print edition)

Rotherham will up their bid for Scott Allan to £425,000 today, with Wigan Athletic also monitoring the situation.(Daily Express)external-link

Scotland star Shaun Maloney could be set for a shock switch to English side Hull City. (Sun)external-link

Partick Thistle are keen to sign Henri Anier on loan from Dundee United until January. The Estonian, 24, rejected a move to Polish club Wisla Krakow last month. (Daily Express - print edition)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is weighing up a move for former Fulham youngster Wilson Carvalho. (Daily Record)external-link

Joey Barton admits he would love to sign for Celtic one day - but only if Rangers get promoted to the Scottish Premiership.(Sun)external-link

Ex-Celtic Georgios Samaras has had his move to Sampdoria put on hold, after the Serie A club were not convinced the 30-year-old was fit enough following his medical. (Various)

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos insists Germany will "definitely win" at Hampden when they face Scotland in their Euro 2016 qualifier. (Sun)

Toni Kroos (right) is confident Germany will beat Scotland next month
Toni Kroos (right) is confident Germany will beat Scotland next month

Rangers manager Mark Warburton knows very little about Friday's opponents St Mirren, but insists it does not matter because it's all about the Ibrox club. (Daily Mail)external-link

St Mirren counterpart Ian Murray says Rangers have been over-hyped after wins over Hibernian and Peterhead.(Herald)external-link

St Johnstone defender Brad McKay could face disciplinary action after Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennan decided to look into the player's "typical foreigner" remarks after tussling with Hearts striker Juanma Delgrado. (Herald)external-link