Scottish Gossip: Commons to ask for Celtic extension, Rangers eye top-flight talent

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Celtic midfielder Kris Commons, who apologised to Ronny Deila for an angry outburst after being substituted against Molde in midweek, is ready to ask for an extended contract as the 32-year-old expects to outlast the Scottish champions' under-pressure manager. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he not afraid of confrontations or conflicts with players - as long as it is done behind closed doors and not in public. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Sam Allardyce, who managed 32-year-old striker Carlton Cole at West Ham United, says Celtic's new signing has the personality to lift the gloom following the Scottish champions' defeat by Molde. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Mark Warburton, whose Rangers side lead the Scottish Championship, will sign players in January who are already equipped to play in Scotland's top flight next season. (Scotland On Sunday)external-link

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons reacts angrily to being substituted
Celtic midfielder Kris Commons reacted angrily to being substituted in midweek

Rangers full-back James Tavernier admits that he and striker Martyn Waghorn were stripped of confidence when they arrived at Ibrox in the summer from Wigan Athletic but have now rediscovered their love of football.(Sunday Mail)external-link

Kilmarnock striker Dale Carrick, 21, says he has had to learn to run all over again after hamstring and hip injuries left him on the sidelines. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd hopes to have a few years left in him as a top striker, but the 32-year-old has been taking tips from his former Rangers manager, Walter Smith, current Ibrox boss Mark Warburton and England legend Kevin Keegan in preparation for being a manager himself. (Sunday Post)external-link

Former Rangers and Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson is contemplating his future as Clyde manager after the League Two side were knocked out of the Scottish Cup 2-0 by Highland League outfit Formartine United. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass will resume full training with Hull City on Monday after 15 months on the sidelines through injury. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Dundee United striker Billy Mckay says new manager Mixu Paatelainen has already made improvements in training and hopes that better club form follows to aid his bid to be part of the Northern Ireland squad at next year's Euro 2016 finals in France. (Mail On Sunday)external-link


Scotland hooker Ross Ford in action against Australia
Ross Ford (right) is not contemplating giving up his international career aged 31

Scotland have not received even a private explanation as to what prompted referee Craig Joubert to sprint from the field immediately after the controversial Rugby World Cup defeat by Australia, sparking anger among players and management that they are being implicitly blamed. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Scarlets forward John Barclay has not given up on forcing his way into Scotland head coach Vern Cotter's team in time for next year's Six Nations despite the 29-year-old being left out of the squad for the Rugby World Cup. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford is not ready to end his international career despite being 35 by the time the next Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Boxer David Brophy, who will fight in an eliminator for the Commonwealth super-middleweight title next month, had his career as a footballer ruined by a double leg break that was followed by an accident at home that left him facing the prospect of losing a leg.(Sunday Herald)external-link

Jo Butterfield secured gold at the IPC world championships in Doha in the F51 club throw last night barely two years after chancing upon a talent search for Paralympic prospects.(Sunday Herald)external-link