Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Steven Whittaker has rejected the offer of a contract extension that would have made the defender the highest-paid player at Rangers, who plan to hold him to the final year of his current deal after rejecting a fourth transfer bid from Bursaspor. (the Herald)

Bursaspor say they have agreed in principle deals for Rangers defender Steven Whittaker and former Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo. (the Herald)

Rangers have not given up hope of signing Lee Wallace despite being shocked at Hearts' valuation of the Scotland full-back after the Glasgow club tabled a £300,000 offer. (Daily Record)

Rangers will today make an offer to midfielder Neil Danns, who is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace and who has been linked with Celtic. (the Herald)

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has warned the club that he will leave unless they offer him a substantial pay rise. (Various)

Manchester City midfielder Dedryk Boyata is a possible loan target for Celtic. (Daily Mail)

Despite reports to the contrary, Celtic have no interest in Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia. (the Sun)

Celtic withdrew from the race to sign Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia because of the £2.5m asking price. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish might beat Celtic to the signing of Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren have been given permission by Celtic to talk to winger Graham Carey about a return to Paisley after his loan spell. (Various)

Hearts full-back Craig Thomson has been told to stay away from pre-season training after last week admitting indecent behaviour towards under-age girls. (Daily Record)

Craig Thomson's future at Hearts is in the hands of owner Vladimir Romanov after a meeting between manager Jim Jefferies and managing director David Southern failed to come to a decision about the convicted sex offender. (the Scotsman)

New Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton wants to appoint Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood as his assistant. (the Sun)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood is reluctant to return to Nottingham Forest as Steve McClaren's assistant after being previously sacked by the Championship club. (the Sun)

St Johnstone have pulled out of the race to sign Brechin City striker Rory McAllister. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone are close to tying up a deal for former Falkirk striker Carl Finnigan after being forced to admit defeat in bids to sign former Bristol Rovers man Darryl Duffy and Falkirk's Mark Stewart. (Daily Express)

Darryl Duffy has returned to Falkirk - but the striker freed by Bristol Rovers has only been given training facilities to sharpen his fitness. (Daily Record)

Reading have offered a trial to Falkirk defender Tam Scobbie. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen will complete the signing of goalkeeper David Gonzalez from Manchester City within 24 hours. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper David Gonzalez says he could join Aberdeen on a permanent deal instead of a loan. (the Herald)

West Ham have made an enquiry about Peterborough United's Scotland striker, Craig Mackail-Smith. (the Sun)

Scotland squad goalkeeper Iain Turner is closing in on a deal with Preston North End after being released by Everton. (the Sun)

Dunfermline Athletic fans have launched a Facebook campaign to have one of the East End Park stands named after former manager and present director of football Jim Leishman. (Various)


Andy Murray prepared for his win over Tobias Kamke at Wimbledon by watching horror movie Scream. (Various)

Listening to songs sung by Adele help keep Elena Baltacha calm but drive her tennis coach, Nino Severino, crazy. (Various)