Scottish Gossip: Dundee United consider Forsell, Celtic warn shareholders

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Mixu Paatelainen could be about to make former Chelsea striker Mikael Forsell, the 34-year-old Finland international released by Bochum in the summer, his first signing as Dundee United manager. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic have issued a fresh warning over fears that scammers have been targeting the club's shareholders, claiming fraudsters have been active in the run-up to the annual meeting on 20 November, making suspicious calls about investments in the club. (Daily Record)

Former Aberdeen and Molde striker Arild Stavrum, who now makes his living penning crime novels and children's books, says it would still be a major surprise if the Norwegian side qualified from their Europa League group despite topping the group after games against Fenerbahce and Ajax ahead of Thursday's meeting with Celtic.(Daily Record)

Aged 40, Molde midfielder Daniel Berg Hestad is 53 days older than Celtic manager Ronny Deila and made his debut for the Norwegian side before the Scottish champions' Tyler Blackett, Jozo Simunovic and Saidy Janko were born. (Daily Express, print edtion)

Mikael Forsell celebrates with Bochum
Mikael Forsell spent a season with Bochum in the Bundesliga's second tier

Defender Per-Egil Flo would keep up a family tradition if he put one over Celtic and dented Scottish hopes in Molde on Thursday, his uncle, Havard, having helped dump Scotland out of a World Cup in 1998, while his second cousin, Tore Andre, was the scourge of Celtic on his Rangers debut, marking his Ibrox debut in a 5-1 Old Firm victory.(The Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has pleaded for protection for his players by referees after Nathan Oduwa was injured during Tuesday's 1-0 Petrofac Training Cup win over holders Livingston. (The Herald)

Scotland and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Darren Fletcher, 31, says that missing out on playing in a Champions League final and a move to Spain are his two biggest regrets in his long career.(Daily Record)

Darren Fletcher says former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney wants the Scotland midfielder's two sons, eight-year-old twins Jack and Tyler, who were born down south, to play their football for England. (The Sun, print edition)

Molde midfielder Daniel Berg Hestad
Molde midfielder Daniel Berg Hestad is older than Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been told that talks about a new contract have been put on hold after Hull City revealed debts of £77m. (Daily Record, print edition)

Ipswich Town believe they could be due compensation from the Scottish FA after Ryan Fraser, the 21-year-old winger on loan from Bournemouth, was ruled out for at least two months after picking up an injury training with Scotland Under-21s. (Daily Record, print edition)

Montrose have extended training facilities to former Dundee United and Scotland centre-half Garry Kenneth, with the 28-year-old on the look-out for a new club after a move to Latvian club Skonto Riga did not work out.(The Courier)

Arbroath and Montrose have been given a joint warning by police after their derby match at Gayfield Park on Saturday descended into violence with flares being thrown and mass brawls in the streets, with fans told they will be arrested and banned from attending all future football games if they are found with flares. (The Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Referee Craig Joubert raced off the field at Twickenham after Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final to avoid the threat of an ugly, public confrontation with Scotland players incensed by his controversial last-minute decision to award Australia a penalty.(Daily Mail)

Retired rugby referee Jonathan Kaplan has suggested each team should be given a captain's challenge to review any decision in a match in a bid to eradicate the type of error that cost Scotland in their World Cup quarter-final against Australia. (The Scotsman)

Andre Watson, the only man to referee two World Cup finals, has demanded that World Rugby allows under-fire official Craig Joubert to defend himself - and the laws of the sport be changed - to spare another referee being so heavily criticised following the governing body's admission that he made a mistake during Australia's World Cup win over Scotland on Sunday.(The Independent)

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