Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers owner Craig Whyte plans to transform the area around Ibrox Stadium into a retail and leisure development to include a luxury hotel, shops, restaurant, sports centre and upmarket apartments - and he has already held talks with Glasgow City Council. (News of the World)

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte is disappointed that the old board "didn't go gracefully instead of going disgracefully" and are sniping at him in the background. (Scotland on Sunday)

Craig Whyte says there is no way back for Martin Bain, the chief executive he suspended on completion of his takeover of Rangers. (Scotland on Sunday)

Fulham have started talks with Aberdeen over a £1m switch to the London club for 18-year-old midfielder Fraser Fyvie that should be finalised this week. (Sunday Mail)

Liverpool are preparing a swoop for Celtic's Ki Sung-Yeung in the event of a deal for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam falling through. (talkSPORT)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has made Maccabi Petah Tikva striker Omer Damari his top summer target after conceding defeat in his attempt to sign Reading's Shane Long - and the Israeli is keen on the £2.5m switch. (News of the World)

Maccabi Petah Tikva have raised the asking price for striker Omer Damari to three million euros as Celtic prepare a £1.7m bid. (Sunday Mail)

Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre, one year into a four-year contract, says he is undecided about whether he will remain with Celtic, with Paris St Germain and Bordeaux joining English, Spanish, German and Portuguese clubs expressing an interest. (Various)

Rangers and Celtic are set to go head-to-jed to land Neil Danns after Hull City cooled their interest in the Crystal Palace midfielder. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra says he has snubbed a "mouthwatering" offer from Quatar champions Lekhwiya because he needs to be playing Champions League football and could now see out the remaining year of his Ibrox contract. (Sunday Mail)

Central defender John Potter has returned to Dunfermline Athletic after being released by St Mirren. (Scotland on Sunday)

Alex McLeish will have a £40m war chest to help him hit the ground running in his new job as Aston Villa manager. (Sunday Mirror)

Scottish-born Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has hit back at Robbie Keane's claim that he did not have the appetite to play for Republic of Ireland by insisting it was injury that led him to withdraw from recent international games. (News of the World)

Scotland coach Craig Levein thinks Scottish Premier League clubs are being short-changed as English outfits take their top players - like Charlie Adam, James McCarthy and Danny Wilson - in cut-price deals. (Various)

Hearts winger David Templeton is confident he will be 100% fit for the start of the season after fears he would require summer surgery on a knee injury proved unfounded. (News of the World)

London 2012 bosses are planning a discounted sale of tickets for the Olympic football tournament at venues outside London, with demand for the five sessions at Hampden Park in Glasgow being described as "weak". (Sunday Times)


Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie's departure last week was a victory for president Ian McLauchlan. (Scotland on Sunday)

Andy Murray says he would swap his prize money of more than £10m to win the Wimbledon singles title. (Various)

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