Scottish Gossip: Mackay, SFA, Hill, Simunovic, Commons

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Malky Mackay, in his new role as the SFA's performance director, has pleaded to be judged on his future instead of his past. The former Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan boss was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language. (Various)

Queens Park Rangers are to offer Rangers defender Clint Hill a route back to the Championship, should the Ibrox club opt not to offer the 38-year-old a new deal. Hill spent six years at Loftus Road before joining Rangers last summer.

Full story: Daily Record

Hibernian are stepping up their bid to sign Celtic's Kris Commons on an emergency loan deal as Neil Lennon aims to bolster his injury-hit squad at Easter Road. Commons, 33, is looking for a fresh start after failing to force his way into Brendan Rodgers' plans. (Scottish Sun)

Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee has backed Malky Mackay to "prove himself and bury all that [text message controversy] behind him" in his SFA performance director role. (Various)

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark would love to emulate Celtic and Aberdeen by taking his players to Dubai for the winter break - instead, his squad will travel to his old Newcastle stomping ground. "We'll have a short visit to play two games against Gateshead and Newcastle's Under-23s," he said. (Scottish Sun)

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay has urged critics to "judge me by my actions"

Tommy Wright aims to keep his St Johnstone squad intact and re-sign his stars to long-term deals. "We need to tie the players up because it's important we keep this squad together for continuity," he said. (Various)

Celtic have told Torino they will be wasting their time should they bid for defender Jozo Simunovic in the January transfer window. Simunovic saw a proposed £3.5m move to the Serie A outfit collapse in the summer. (Various)

The amateurs of Scottish football could face an HMRC crackdown after handing out £1-a-week professional deals to players. Record Sport have seen contracts that show Queen's Park have ended almost 150 years of tradition and are in breach of national minimum wage regulations.

Full story: Daily Record

Malky Mackay is confident he will be exonerated by an investigation into his transfer dealings during his time as manager of Cardiff City. The Welsh club are pursuing a £10m damages claim against Mackay and four other men over the signing of two players back in 2013.

Full story: The Herald

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has ruled out radical surgery on his squad when the transfer window opens next month. "It's far more dangerous to bring in too many than too few," he says." (The Herald)

Kris Commons
Kris Commons has been linked with a move to Hibernian

Aberdeen supporters calling for manager Derek McInnes to be replaced should be careful what they wish for, according to pundit Steven Thompson. (The Herald)

Hearts boss Ian Cathro is relishing the prospect of sampling the Tynecastle roar for the first time ahead of his home debut against Partick Thistle. (Various)

Celtic are changing the perception of Scottish football in England because of their displays against Manchester City and growing reputation of nurturing players, according to Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy. (Various)

Hamilton boss Martin Canning has praised the professionalism of Darian MacKinnon after the midfielder signed a new deal. "In the last six weeks he has probably been on the best run of form for the club," said Canning. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gregor Townsend believes Glasgow will face "the biggest set of forwards ever assembled" when they play their second Champions Cup Pool 1 match against Racing 92. (The Scotsman)

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