Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers have targeted Palermo's Romanian centre-half, Dorin Goian, and Anderlecht's Rolan Juhasz after cooling their interest in Aston Villa's Carlos Cuellar. (Daily Express)

Rangers, Aston Villa and Newcastle United have missed out on signing Algerian playmaker Karim Ziani, who has accepted a three-year £77,000 per week offter from Qatar club Al Jaish after leaving Wolfsburg. (the Herald)

Stijn Stijnen's lawyer has criticised reports saying the Belgium goalkeeper rejected a trial with Celtic and insists that a move to the Glasgow club is still possible. (the Herald)

Stijn Stijnen is poised to reject a move to Celtic after Italian Serie B outfit Sampdoria entered talks with the former Club Bruges goalkeeper. (Daily Express)

Former Dunfermline defender Andrius Skerla has tipped Jagiellonia Bialystok team-mate Grzegorz Sandomierski to land a transfer to Celtic when the 21-year-old goalkeeper arrives on trial with Celtic this week. (Various)

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela will arrive on trial with Celtic next week hoping to prove he can be a success in Europe after an ill-fated spell with Racing Strasbourg. (Various)

Celtic are set to make a decision on whether to pursue the signing of 19-year-old midfield trialist Mylord Kasai, from Swiss club Sion, after a week's training with the Glasgow club's youth team. (the Herald)

Malmo will ask former Celtic players Henrik Larsson and Johan Mjallby for advice on how to beat Rangers in their Champions League qualifier. (Various)

Hearts will face Paksi in the third qualifying round of the Europa League after the Hungarians defeated Norwegian outfit Tromso 4-1 on aggregate. (the Herald)

Nigerian striker Ortega Deniran, who was on loan to Armenian side Banants from Slavia Sofia, will be given more chances to shine on trial with Hearts in second-team games against Penicuik tonight and Dunbar on Monday. (the Herald)

Former Scotland midfielder Barry Ferguson has sealed a £750,000 switch from Birmingham City to Blackpool. (the Sun)

Barry Ferguson has agreed a two-year contract with Blackpool pending a transfer from Birmingham City. (the Herald)

Motherwell assistant Kenny Black admits that the club's bid to take Gavin Gunning back on loan from Blackburn Rovers is likely to falter as the defender's agent is more keen on interest from English clubs. (Various)

Former Falkirk, Hibernian and Rangers forward Darryl Duffy has signed for League Two outfit Cheltenham Town after being released by Bristol Rovers. (the Scotsman)

Former Falkirk, Hibernian, Motherwell and Rangers forward Alan Gow will fly to India tomorrow to assess a move to Kingfisher East Bengal after leaving Notts County. (Various)

Former Scotland defender David McNamee is considering a move to Australia with Ian Ferguson's A-League club, Perth Glory, after his release by Aberdeen. (Daily Mail)

Stirling Albion have handed contracts to goalkeeper Sam Filler and defender John Crawley, the pair having impressed after paying £200 each to take part in the Second Division club's "So You Think You're Good Enough?" trials. (Various)


Flanker James Eddie will be loaned back to Glasgow Warriors when he is not involved in rugby union's short game after Scotland Sevens became a full-time squad. (the Herald)

Glasgow Rocks guard Moses Mubarak has quit the club to sign for French Pro B basketball side Denain and is poised to be followed by Scotland playmaker Scott Russell after he failed to agree a contract. (Various)

Stephen Gallacher thinks he and Martin Laird have a chance of victory after the pair were chosen to represent Scotland at golf's World Cup in November. (Daily Record)