Scottish Gossip: Clubs target Mulgrew, Gough on King, Kilmarnock

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers are keeping an eye on Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew, who is out of contract in the summer and has not been offered a new deal. (Sun)

Richard Gough, the former Rangers captain and now club ambassador, feels his backing for Ibrox chairman Dave King has been vindicated by the progress made since his takeover. (Various)

Kilmarnock will interview former Scotland defender Graham Alexander on Thursday about their managerial vacancy, while another target, Simo Valakari, has signed a new deal with SJK in Finland. (Various)

Marc Rieper thinks his former Celtic team-mate Tom Boyd backed under-fire manager Ronny Deila earlier in the week to keep safe his job as a club ambassador. (Daily Record)

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham claims his team "would do very well" in the Premiership and believes knocking top-tier Kilmarnock out of the Scottish Cup would signal their ambitions. (Daily Mail)

Celtic's Colin Kazim-Richards became the first player to move directly from Fenerbahce to Galatasaray but he says he "won't ever" switch to rivals Rangers. (Various)

Peterhead have been given an initial allocation of 3,600 tickets for the Petrofac Training Cup final against Rangers at Hampden on 10 April. (Sun)

Charlie Mulgrew
Charlie Mulgrew is fit again after having missed much of the season with a thigh injury

Celtic lost on penalties to Valencia in their last-32 Uefa Youth League tie. (Various)

Nigerian striker Edward Ofere offers Dundee United a different attacking dimension with his physical presence, says manager Mixu Paatelainen, and comes with the added benefit of knowing the Premiership after his time at Inverness. (Daily Record)

Following PFA Scotland's call for a study into the effects of playing on 3G pitches, St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean says he is so wary of artificial surfaces that he won't even train on them. (Daily Record)

Derek McInnes hopes that the performances of his Scottish players for Aberdeen this season will be recognised in international call-ups for Scotland's friendlies against the Czech Republic and Denmark next month. (Daily Express)

The Dons have taken 26-year-old Nigerian defender Daniel Adejo, a free agent, on trial. (Daily Express)

McInnes says he is not surprised at the criticism of fellow title-chasing manager Deila because it is "the nature of the job". (The National)

Saints manager Tommy Wright is in favour of a scientific investigation into the use of the artificial pitches, pointing out that the club has been given medical advice not to play MacLean because of his knee injury problems. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland centre Matt Scott says being on the receiving end of a 51-3 Six Nations mauling by Wales in Cardiff in 2014 was the worst he has ever felt after a game. (Daily Record)

With a 74,000-capacity crowd expected in Cardiff for Wales's match against Scotland on Saturday, the hosts' coach Warren Gatland's bid to be granted the right to close the roof on the Principality Stadium was blocked by Six Nations rivals last month. The tournament protocol is that visiting coaches must give their consent to such a move. (The Times)

Scotland forward Jonny Gray says he is not worried about the intimidating atmosphere in Cardiff and that he and the team will focus on themselves and their game plan. (The National)

Finnish ice hockey player Toni Dahlman is looking forward to sampling life at Braehead Clan now that he has come in as cover for the injured Matt Keith, Scott Pitt and Matt Haywood. (Daily Record)

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