Scottish Gossip: Rudi Skacel, Peter Lawwell, Barrie McKay, Mikael Lustig

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, former St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour accuses Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell of running Scottish football. He says: "Some of the chairmen that attend the meetings will not take Peter on. I think he's got too much power on other clubs." (Sun)

Scottish businessman John Clarkson, 60, is on the verge of paying to become the manager of Spanish third-tier team Deportivo Tudelano after offering them £150,000, but he will get it refunded if he wins them promotion from the Segunda Division B. (Daily Mail)

Raith Rovers midfielder Rudi Skacel claims his "5-1" gesture to Hibs fans last month - a reference to the 2012 Scottish Cup final, when Skacel helped Hearts thrash Hibs - was fuelled by a sense of grievance about abuse from the stands which he felt went beyond an acceptable level. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Rudi Skacel played for Raith Rovers at Easter Road on Christmas Eve
Rudi Skacel played for Raith Rovers at Easter Road on Christmas Eve - and says he was the subject of abuse from Hibernian fans

The SFA performance director Malky Mackay and Stewart Regan, the SFA chief executive, are scheduled to meet representatives of all 29 Club Academy Scotland members next week as Project Brave moves closer to becoming a reality. (Herald)

Red Bull Leipzig winger Oliver Burke believes Rangers' Barrie McKay has the talent to win a big-money deal in England, but the 22-year-old Scot seems in no hurry to move. "For me right now, it's just about playing football. If they come to me, then they come to me. Until they do, it's up to me just to keep doing well," he says. (Daily Mail)

Ross County midfielder Ryan Dow insists he will not be out for revenge when he faces Dundee United for the first time since being released while injured at the end of last season after 11 years of loyal service at Tannadice. (Sun)

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig says it was easy to sign a two-year contract extension and the Sweden international is now eyeing up a treble. (Daily Record)

One of the lowest points of Albion Rovers' assistant manager Billy Stark's long career in football is providing him with hope that his team can dump his old club Celtic out of the Scottish Cup - when Raith Rovers upset the odds to defeat Celtic, for whom he was assistant boss at the time, in the 1994 League Cup final on penalties. (National)

Stevie May in action for Sheffield Wednesday in July 2015, just before he switched to Preston North End
Stevie May in action for Sheffield Wednesday in July 2015, just before he switched to Preston North End

Aberdeen are set to make a loan bid for former St Johnstone striker Stevie May, 24, who hasn't played for Preston this season after returning from injury. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Head coach Vern Cotter is concerned over the severity of a neck injury that could keep Scotland and Edinburgh prop WP Nel out of the Six Nations. (Daily Mail)

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