Saturday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte says Madjid Bougherra looks likely to leave Rangers if an acceptable offer comes in for the Algeria defender, with Aston Villa's Carlos Cuellar the preferred replacement. (the Sun)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist expects to know next week whether Tomer Hemed will join the Glasgow club, the Israel striker having been linked with Spanish clubs. (the Times)

Tomer Hamed is expected to decide within 24 hours whether to join Rangers, with the Israel striker also weighing up offers from Espanyol and Real Mallorca. (the Sun)

Israel striker Tomer Hamed, who is out of contract with Maccabi Haifa, is poised to walk away from talks with Rangers unless a deal can be struck next week. (Daily Express)

Bursaspor have hired a private jet to whisk Rangers defender Steven Whittaker, for whom the Glasgow club have already rejected three bids, and midfielder Maurice Edu to Turkey on Monday. (the Sun)

Rangers owner Craig Whyte insists Steven Whittaker will not be leaving Ibrox and that the Scotland defender has been offered a very generous contact extension. (the Sun)

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte will join Celtic in pushing harder for the Old Firm to win a place in the Premier League in England. (the Sun)

New Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay aims to outbid Rangers, Leeds United and Leicester City for out-of-contract Dundee United and Scotland winger Craig Conway. (Daily Express)

John Hughes could be a shock choice to replace Malky Mackay as Watford manager, having worked with the Championship club's head of football, Ross Wilson, at Falkirk. (the Sun)

Alex McLeish, the new Aston Villa manger, is monitoring Scotland right-back Alan Hutton, who did not feature for Tottenham at the end of last season. (the Times)

New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has received death threats from Villa and Blues fans following his move between the two bitter rivals. (Daily Mirror)

Jorge Claros has urged Celtic not to drop their interest in him despite the Motagua and Honduras midfielder being injured by gun shots after thieves tried to steal the car he bought from the Glasgow club's defender, Emilio Izaguirre. (the Sun)

Out-of-favour Celtic midfielder Efrain Juarez has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is interested in moving to Real Zaragoza. (Various)

Former Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds has impressed on trial with Austrian champions Sturm Graz after failing to secure a place with League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday. (the Sun)

Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph would consider a switch to representing the United States despite having already been on the bench for the Republic of Ireland. (the Sun)

Hull City are interested in freed Dundee United defender Mihael Kovacevic. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Brian Kennedy, Sale's Scottish owner, has offered to help Scottish Rugby's incoming new leadership improve professional rugby in the country after disappointing performances from Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors. (the Scotsman)

Scotland's top rugby clubs have urged the Scottish Rugby Union to allow them to qualify for the Europe-wide Amin Cup. (Various)

Boxer Alex Arthur says he would be happy to have a rematch with Ricky Burns if the world super-featherweight champion moves up to lightweight. (Daily Record)

Scottish Cricket must do without Josh Davey for next week's Intercontinental Cup meeting with the Netherlands despite winning an eligibility battle with the ICC - because the all-rounder is required for his country, Middlesex. (the Scotsman)

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