Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Singing star Susan Boyle, rocker Rod Stewart, comedian Billy Connolly and snooker champion John Higgins are among 50 Celtic-supporting celebrities put on the alert by police following parcel bombs sent to team manager Neil Lennon and two high-profile fans. (News of the World)

Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic says the Celtic team are especially motivated to win the Scottish title for Neil Lennon after the manager was targeted by a parcel bomb. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers Supporters' Association has issued a warning to fans not to embarrass the club by singing songs considered sectarian during Sunday's Old Firm derby against Celtic. (Scotland on Sunday)

Rangers' Ally McCoist, who will move from assistant to manager in the summer, is closing in on his first signing, with 24-year-old South African midfielder set to agree a move from Mamelodi Sundowns. (News of the World)

Craig Whyte is confident of completing his takeover of Rangers this week as Lloyds Bank is putting pressure on the board because it wants the £20m it is owed by the club. (Sunday Mail)

Wealthy Qatar champions Lekhwiya are keen to sign Madjid Bougherra and the Rangers defender is hoping to leave Ibrox in the summer to ensure a bumper contract before he retires. (Sunday Mail)

Birmingham City and Cardiff City are keeping tabs on Dundee United winger Danny Swanson. (Sunday Mail)

Stoke, Birmingham and Newcastle are some of the clubs interested in Leeds and Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass. (Sunday Times)

Aberdeen have offered a new contract to Sone Aluko, but Zander Diamond, Jamie Langfield, David McNamee and Derek Young have yet to receive offers. (News of the World)

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is confident of keeping hold of captain John Potter despite interest in the defender from Scottish Premier League rivals St Johnstone. (Sunday Mail)

Partick Thistle caretaker manager Jackie McNamara believes he faces stiff competition to take the role on a permanent basis. (Sunday Mail)

Police spoke to Dunfermline Athletic officials and offered "a word of caution" after club mascot Sammy the Tammy dressed in a cardboard tank and pretended to fire at fans of Raith Rovers before their promotion showdown at East End Park. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Stories that Fiat will replace Magners as Celtic League sponsor are wide of the mark, with Dutch bank Rabobank the favourites after the Italian car giant offered a derisory sum. (Scotland on Sunday)

Fast bowler John Blain is ready to play for Scotland again after two years of self-imposed exile following a bust-up with former captain Gavin Hamilton. (Sunday Herald)

Scotland's Matty Parker is hoping to win a contract with an English county as the Saltires start their Clydesdale Bank Pro 40 campaign against Durham. (Scotland on Sunday)

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