Scottish Gossip: Celtic's Scepovic linked with Maccabi Tel Aviv

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland accuses Celtic players of acting like "pigs" and "children" during their Champions League play-off first leg. (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has warned against playing for a draw against Malmo when the two sides resume their Champions League play-off in Sweden next week, with the Scottish champions holding a slender 3-2 lead. (Scotsman)external-link

Maccabi Tel Aviv are to launch a £1.5m bid to sign striker Stefan Scepovic from Celtic. (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic
Scepovic has struggled for form since joining Celtic a year ago

Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley believes the Tynecastle club are genuine title contenders after a great start to the season. (Ladbrokes.com)external-link

Craig Flannigan is quitting as Hibernian's head of sports science to take up the same role at Championship rivals Rangers. (Daily Record)external-link

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy has called for cool heads in Friday evening's Renfrewshire derby between his side and St Mirren. (Herald)external-link

Former St Mirren midfielder and ex-Morton boss Billy Stark is so glad what he calls the "secret derby" is live on BBC Alba for Scotland to savour. (Daily Record)external-link

Greenock Morton manager Jim Duffy
Duffy's Morton host St Mirren on Friday evening

Scotland Under-21 coach Ricky Sbragia has admitted he made a gaffe when he described Jack Harper as a "luxury" player during his time in charge of the Under-19s. Harper has since left Real Madrid to join Brighton. (Daily Mail)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland prop Ryan Grant is likely to be out for a month but should still be available for the Rugby World Cup, according to head coach Vern Cotter. (Herald)external-link

Edinburgh Rugby have signed Tonga international Otulea Katoa on a one-year deal and the winger will feature in Friday's friendly against Romania in Melrose. (Scotsman)external-link