Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Former Celtic director Brian Dempsey believes new Rangers owner Craig Whyte will attempt to stablise the club financially and sell it on within three years.

Dempsey also expects manager Ally McCoist to be told to buy low, sell high and for suspended chief executive Martin Bain to leave the club. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan, out of contract this summer, has confirmed he has been approaced about a possible move to Rangers. (Various)

McCoist has played down suggestions of a move for Motherwell's Jamie Murphy but Manchester City youngsters Tom and Kim Skogsrud, Norwegian twins who play in defence, have joined the Ibrox club on two-year deals. (The Sun)

Dundee United midfielder Craig Conway and Orebro SK defender Michael Almeback remain on McCoist's radar. (Daily Mail)

Galatasaray are keen on Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra (Various)

Scotland coach Craig Levein wants 10,000 Tartan Army fans to travel to Dublin for Sunday's crunch Carling Nations Cup meeting with the Republic of Ireland. (Various)

Injury problems may prevent Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon winning a new deal at Sunderland, to whom he is contracted until 2012. (Various)

Sir Alex Ferguson has settled on his line-up for Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley, with Michael Carrick holding off a late challenge from Scotland captain Darren Fletcher in midfield. (Daily Telegraph)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes to watch Honduran midfielder Claros at next month's Gold Cup, if the Montagua player is fit in time. (Daily Record)

Kelvin Wilson has arrived in Glasgow to finalise his free transfer to Celtic. (Various)

Joe Ledley hopes his former Cardiff team-mate Jay Bothroyd joins him at Celtic. (Various)

New Hearts signing Jamie Hamill has revealed he turned down the chance to join Hibernian because he wanted to work with his former Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies again. (Various)

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has criticised the club's end of season form, saying he was concerned by a poor sequence of results. (Various)

St Mirren's record appearance holder Hugh Murray has clinched a new one-year contract with the Paisley club. (Various)

Former Inverness goalkeeper Michael Fraser, currently with Maltese side Birkirkara, is hoping for a move back to his native Scotland. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Football League Challenge Cup will be expanded and renamed to include Highland League sides Buckie Thistle and Deveronvale. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie is to take a four-month break at the end of the season in an attempt to finally overcome a foot problem. (The Herald)

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