Scottish Gossip: Joey Barton, Rangers, Celtic, St Mirren, Oliver Burke

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Peter Lawwell has shot down Joey Barton's claims that Celtic tried to hijack his move to Rangers in the summer. The Parkhead chief executive has instead revealed he was told Barton would rather join the Hoops. (Scottish Sun)

Ex-Rangers midfielder Ian Black has backed Barton to prove those wrong who say his Ibrox career is already over. (Daily Record)

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has urged the club's fans to boycott Barton's autobiography, and branded the midfielder "a disgrace". (Scottish Sun)

Mark Warburton hailed the contribution of stand-in captain Andy Halliday - whose training ground clash with Barton led to the Englishman's three-week suspension by the club - for his "outstanding" display in the League Cup victory over Queen of the South. (The Scotsman)

The Rangers boss says his side will relish facing Aberdeen in the red-hot atmosphere of a packed Pittodrie on Sunday. (Daily Express)

Billy Davies has held talks with St Mirren chief Gordon Scott about the vacant manager's position. The ex-Derby boss spent three years as a Buddies player and is firmly in the running to succeed axed Alex Rae. (Daily Record)

Robbie Neilson insists captain Alim Ozturk and Sam Nicholson will commit their futures to Hearts after opening talks on new deals with the pair. (Scottish Sun)

Kris Boyd
Boyd (left) has branded Barton "a disgrace"

Derek McInnes insists the League Cup quarter-final with St Johnstone is more important than Aberdeen's clash with Rangers on Sunday. (Daily Record)

Oliver Burke may have already hit top gear at Bundesliga club Red Bull Leipzig, but he is struggling with one aspect of German life - driving. The Scotland star revealed that he has already crashed his car since his summer move. (Scottish Sun)

Former Dundee United manager Paul Sturrock is facing legal action after claiming an ex-player missed training due to taking Viagra. Emile Mpenza, who played under Sturrock at Plymouth Argyle, has launched a claim for damages. (Daily Record)

Alloa boss Jack Ross insists taking on Celtic tonight is an even greater task for the Wasps than when their opponents faced Barcelona in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Magnus Bradbury, the Edinburgh forward, insists his team can still challenge for the Pro12 playoffs despite their disappointing start to the season. (The Herald)

Glasgow Warriors star Mark Bennett insists that winning a silver medal with the Great Britain sevens team at the Rio Olympics more than justified his decision to shun Scotland over the summer. (Daily Mail)

Warriors have secured the signature of the American international back-row forward Langilangi Haupeakui, subject to a work permit. (The Scotsman)

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