Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Hearts, Hamilton, Rangers, Hibernian

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Celtic have inquired about 22-year-old Rijeka midfielder Ivan Mocinic along with Dinamo Zagreb, Lazio and Sampdoria, but none have made an official transfer offer according to the Croatian club. (The Sun)external-link

Celtic's interest in Alfred Finnbogason looks to be over after Real Sociedad put a £4m price tag on the 26-year-old striker who has failed to impress since his £8m transfer from Heerenveen and a loan move to Olympiacos.(The Sun)external-link

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic are facing an injury crisis ahead of facing Dundee on Wednesday, with Leigh Griffiths, Mikael Lustig and Efe Ambrose fighting injuries, while Kris Commons, Dedryck Boyata and Stuart Armstrong will almost certainly join captain Scott Brown on the sidelines. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has backed Nadir Ciftci, saying the Turk is a "great striker" despite the 23-year-old summer signing from Dundee United having failed to score in their last two games as he stands in for "amazing striker" Leigh Griffiths through injury. (The Scotsman)external-link

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald, whose side are seeking a fifth straight victory, believes that Wednesday's opponents, Aberdeen, can beat leaders Celtic to the Scottish title. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Real Sociedad striker Alfred Finnbogason
Alfred Finnbogason is being linked with Celtic again after failing to settle at Real Sociedad

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson believes his side have Aberdeen firmly in their sights following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Celtic despite the Edinburgh side being nine points behind the second-placed Dons. (The National)external-link

Hamilton Academical could turn to the Highland League for a new striker after 19-year-old Josh Peters impressed during a trial spell from Strathspey Thistle. (Daily Express, print edition)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has hailed James McFadden as the best player he has worked with and hopes that releasing the 32-year-old former Scotland forward in the summer does not come to haunt the Perth side in Wednesday's Premiership game against Motherwell. (Daily Record, print edition)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre has described Liam Boyce's 17 goals this season as "impressive" but says it will be just as important to handle the threat from the striker's Northern Ireland international colleague, Josh Magennis, in Tuesday's Scottish Premiership game against Kilmarnock in Dingwall.(The Scotsman)external-link

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs says it would "take a lot of money" to persuade his club to part with Jason Cummings, who is being watched by Reading, Rotherham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as the 20-year-old striker is vital to their hopes of catching Rangers in the Championship title race after Monday's 4-2 defeat at Ibrox. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has confirmed that the Ibrox club will be appealing against Andy Halliday's red card in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Hibernian. But, while Alan Stubbs thought that Fraser Fyvie, accused of play-acting by his opponents, could have reacted better, the Hibs boss says it was the home midfielder to blame.(Daily Record)external-link

Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie, accused of play-acting by Rangers, has insisted that Andy Halliday deserved to be sent-off towards the end of their 4-2 defeat at Ibrox, his midfield rival having appeared to aim a kick at his opponent before barging him with his shoulder. (The Herald)external-link

Midfielder Jason Holt, who scored twice in Rangers' 4-2 win over Hibernian, says his side ignored rival manager Alan Stubbs' attempts to put pressure on them with his pre-match jibes in the media. (Daily Record, print edition)

Rangers' Andy Halliday is sent off by referee Bobby Madden
Rangers and Hibernian have different opinions about Andy Halliday's red card

Falkirk striker John Baird believes his club will return to the Scottish top flight "sooner rather than later", even if it is not this season, while admitting that Rangers and Hibernian have greater resources in the current Championship title race. (The Sun)external-link

Falkirk manager Peter Houston says a victory over Livingston on Tuesday would not only create a greater gap between the Bairns and other clubs chasing a promotion play-off place but would put pressure on Rangers and Hibernian at the top of the Championship.(The Scotsman)external-link

David Hopkin will be given the Livingston manager's job permanently if his side do well against Falkirk on Tuesday and Queen of the South on Saturday after his side beat St Mirren 4-1 in his first game as caretaker after the sacking of Mark Burchill. (Daily Record, print edition)

Andy Ryan, the 21-year-old striker released by Hamilton Academical earlier this month, has been invited for a trial by Queen of the South. (Daily Express, print edition)

Former Rangers director Hugh Adam, the one-time chairman and managing director of Rangers Development, left a £1.5m fortune that included 5,000 shares in city rivals Celtic when he died aged 87 after suffering heart failure in December 2012. (The Herald)external-link

The Scottish Professional Football League has decided to allow clubs to display advertising on the back of players' shirts from next season. (The Times, print edition)


Glasgow Warriors have to match Edinburgh physically as well as play their more attractive rugby if they are to overhaul the 12-point deficit and regain the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun on Saturday, believes Peter Horne, the Scotland centre who captained his side in Sunday's 23-11 first-leg loss at Murrayfield.(The Courier)external-link