Scottish Gossip: Joey Barton, Rangers, Roy Keane, Hearts, Neil Lennon

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has apologised for his part in a training-ground argument with Andy Halliday. (Various)

His future at Ibrox is "hanging by a thread" after he was sent home on Tuesday and told by manager Mark Warburton to stay away for the rest of the week. (Daily Express)

Warburton admits that last season in the Championship there were nine or 10 players who were "pretty much guaranteed" to be picked for the team "barring injury or a complete disaster", and that cannot be "healthy" in the Premiership. (Daily Express)

The Rangers boss, speaking of the negativity he perceives in Scottish football, says he felt "deeply depressed" after watching BBC Scotland's football documentary "Scotland's Game". (Various)

Mark Warburton and Joey Barton
Rangers manager Mark Warburton will not be calling on Joey Barton's services for Saturday's league game against Ross County at Ibrox

Former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane says "the whole mind-set has to change" if his former team are to succeed in the group stage of the Champions League. The Irishman says they cannot accept being "the whipping boys of Europe" away from home. (Various)

But ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton thinks Keane's comments are "short sighted and an unfair reflection of the current circumstances". (Daily Record)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson would love to sign forward Tony Watt on a permanent deal - he's at Tynecastle on a season-long loan form Charlton Athletic and, according to Neilson, took a "substantial hit" on his salary to make the move north. (Daily Express)

Scotland's women's team have three more chances on Friday to qualify for the Euro 2017 finals, with Finland, Russia and Italy all needing to win their group matches to prevent Anna Signeul's side from going through automatically to next summer's event in the Netherlands. (National)

Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon feels too many players "have no social skills"

Former Rangers left-back Arthur Numan recalls midfielder Ian Ferguson, after a 5-1 defeat by Celtic, launching into a foul-mouthed tirade about the foreign players in the team not understanding the importance of the Old Firm fixture. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes wants attacker Niall McGinn to sign a contract extension. The Northern Irishman's deal runs out next summer. (Various)

Hibs players caught with their mobile phones in the Tranent training ground will be fined a week's wages, as manager Neil Lennon imposes a ban on mobiles and social media at the players' place of work. "I don't care what the players say - it is my rules, my house, my ball," said Lennon. (Daily Record, Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray will play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina in Glasgow on Friday despite it clashing with the funeral of his grandfather, Gordon Murray. (Various)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend feels that New Zealander Nick Grigg deserves his starting place against Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital on Friday evening after working hard at his game since arriving in Scotland 18 months ago. He says Grigg improved his physical abilities when farmed out to Stirling last season. (Various)

Nick Grigg
Centre Nick Grigg gets his chance for Warriors at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night

South Africa-born tighthead prop WP Nel will make his 100th appearance for Edinburgh when they play Leinster at Murrayfield on Friday night. The Scotland star, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, says there has been "no chat" yet about a new contract with Scottish Rugby. (Daily Mail)

Glasgow snooker player Anthony McGill thinks he is in the best form of his life as he prepares to play China's Chen Zifan on Monday in the Shanghai Masters. The 25-year-old has reached two quarter-finals and won the Indian Open in his first four tournaments of the season. (Sun)

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