Scottish Gossip: Brown doubt for Celtic, Japan boss to help Dundee United

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Celtic captain Scott Brown admits he feels "a wee bit tender" after picking up a knee injury on Saturday against Kilmarnock that could mean he is a doubtful starter in Thursday's Europa League game against Ajax. (The Sun, print edition)

Craig Gordon wore No.32 on his jersey for Celtic against Kilmarnock on Saturday in tribute to former Sunderland team-mate Marton Fulop, his fellow goalkeeper who died of cancer last week at the age of 32. (The Herald)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has revealed he was in Paris with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Freya and Emma on the night of last week's terrorist attacks, anxiously following events online as he feared being caught up in the atrocity that claimed 130 lives.(The Scotsman)

Celtic's Craig Gordon shakes hands with Kilmarnock's Jamie MacDonald
Celtic's Craig Gordon wore No.32 on his shirt in tribute to former team-mate Marton Fulop

Midfielder Arnaud Djoum admits that Hearts' inability to beat Dundee on Saturday was secondary to thoughts of his family back home in Brussels, news of the city-wide lockdown and search for terror suspects having unsettled the 26-year-old. (The Scotsman)

Japan's national coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, has sent a letter to the Home Office to back 32-year-old goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima's bid for a work permit to secure a contract with Dundee United. (Daily Express, print edition)

Dundee United defender Ryan McGowan insists he did not dive to win a penalty against St Johnstone, the Australia international having been booked for diving by referee Craig Thomson. (The Sun, print edition)

After his side drew 1-1 with MK Dons in his first match as caretaker, former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant has told Fulham he does not want to be permanent manager following the sacking of Kit Symon.(Sky Sports)

Fulham caretaker boss Peter Grant
Peter Grant drew his first game as Fulham caretaker but does not want to be permanent manager

UAE side Al Ahli, who have former Celtic defender Roy Aitken as sporting director, lost 1-0 on aggregate in the final of the AFC Champions League against Luiz Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande. (The Sun, print edition)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is poised to organise a warm-weather training camp, including a challenge match, in March, with home and away friendlies in May and June also being considered. (The Sun, print edition)

Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness is home and recovering after the 62-year-old underwent a routine cardiac procedure. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Peter Wright was edged out 11-10 by Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the final of the World Series of Darts in front of a sell-out crowd at Glasgow's Braehead Arena. (Daily Record, print edition)

Braehead Clan sealed a four-point weekend by defeating Elite League champions Sheffield Steelers 2-1 in England after having beaten Manchester Storm 6-4 the previous evening. (The Sun, print edition)

Judy Murray says that being under so much pressure only brings out the best in son Andy as he and brother Jamie prepare to lead Great Britain in the Davis Cup final against Belgium in Ghent.(The Herald)

Former world champion Graeme Dott believes that structural changes will see more surprise winners at the UK Championship, snooker's second-most prestigious tournament, than ever before. (The Herald)

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