Tuesday's Scottish Gossip: SFA shake-up, Scotland, Moyes, McTominay, Celtic

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Scotland's top clubs are holding talks over a document proposing a radical revamp of the Scottish FA by season 2020/21. Plans include streamlining or even sidelining the national body, with the patience of some clubs exhausted following the departure of SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Scotland manager Alex McLeish will meet with Jose Mourinho to discuss Scott McTominay's international future. The Lancaster-born 21-year-old Manchester United midfielder is eligible to play for Scotland through his grandparents, but has yet to declare his allegiance. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Neil Lennon insists former club Celtic can set their sights on winning the Europa League - and defending their Scottish Premiership title. The Hoops put their European ambitions on the line this week as they bid to see off Zenit St Petersburg and progress to the last 16 of the competition. "The more you progress, you get a sniff of it, the juices and instinct kick in - but get past Zenit first, that's a big ask," says the Hibernian boss. (Daily Record)external-link

Scott McTominay
Scott McTominay is weighing up his options before deciding on his international future

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones has asked West Ham manager David Moyes to help him plot Scotland's Six Nations defeat at Murrayfield this weekend. Scot Moyes will watch the English team train this week before giving them tips ahead of facing Gregor Townsend's men in Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash. (Daily Record, print edition)

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists his players should take Brendan Rodgers' criticism they only turn up for the big games as a compliment. The Celtic manager questioned why Wright's side - save for a Scottish Cup victory over Albion Rovers - had failed to win a game in the two months between beating Rangers at Ibrox and Sunday's goalless draw at Celtic Park. (Daily Record) external-link

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer believes he is developing at the club through an extended run in the first team. "I didn't think I'd develop quite as much as I have done this year but it's a great feeling," says the 19-year-old. "I'm getting more and more games. With each one, I feel stronger. The gaffer gives us a really clear plan in terms of how he wants us to play and perform in that [back-five] formation." (Scottish Sun)external-link

Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has urged forward Jason Cummings to become more selfish if he wants to win a long-term deal at Ibrox. Cummings has scored twice since joining Rangers on loan from Nottingham Forest last month. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Zenit St Petersburg players were too busy fighting with each other instead of trying to beat Europa League opponents Celtic, according to former Rangers winger Andrei Kanchelskis. "There is a bad atmosphere around the team," says Kanchelskis. "When you put in a load of Argentines in with Russians, this is what happens." (Scottish Sun)

Celtic's Callum McGregor scored the winner in the first leg of the Europa League tie
Callum McGregor's goal saw Celtic beat Zenit in the first leg of the Europa League tie

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon says travelling to the United States during his playing days with Northern Ireland for end-of-season friendlies was an eye-opener in terms of standards expected of top players. Amid concern over Scotland playing friendlies against Mexico and Columbia, Lennon says: "I won't accept anyone thinking they are not going to play for Scotland in Mexico and Peru because it is the end of the season. Sorry, they have not done enough in their career to warrant that kind of attitude." (The Herald) external-link

Rangers winger Jamie Murphy says his free-scoring side must tighten up defensively for the remainder of the season. Graeme Murty's side have scored 11 goals in their last two outings - but have conceded four. "We're still working on the complete game," says Murphy. "It's not perfect yet but it's up to us to fix it." (Daily Express, print edition)


Defence coach Matt Taylor says Scotland let supporters down in last year's seven-try mauling by England at Twickenham, but believes Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield will be a different story. (The National, print edition)

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