Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Hibernian have had talks with former Hearts assistant Billy Brown about filling the same role as Colin Calderwood's number two at Easter Road. (the Sun)

Recent Celtic signing Mo Bangura is a major doubt for Thursday's Europa League Group I opener against Atletico Madrid after the striker picked up a groin strain. (Various)

Atletico Madrid manager Gregorio Manzano wants his side to play "beautiful football" in Thursday's Europa League Group I match against Celtic to bury memories of the Spanish club's dirty tactics during the 1974 European Cup semi-final between the sides. (Various)

Dundee United have been left raging after Uefa fined them almost £5,000 for a fan walking on the pitch against Slask Wroclaw in their Europa League qualifier. (Various)

Hearts have had their £100,000 record punishment for poor discipline reduced by a fifth following an appeal but still feel the fine from the Scottish Football Association is excessive. (Various)

Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello is to see a specialist after failing to shake off a shoulder injury. (the Sun)

Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily to questions asked by Kelly Cates - the daughter of Kenny Dalglish - during a television interview. The Manchester United manager was put on the spot about his decision to play Anders Lindegaard instead of David de Gea. (Daily Mail)

Blackburn Rovers supporters are turning the heat up on the club's owners to sack their Scottish manager, Steve Kean. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown believes Rory Fallon can turn the Dons' season around after the New Zealand striker signed for the Pittodrie club. (Various)

Raith Rovers are poised to announce a loss of around £80,000 for last season and claim that last year's referees' strike is partly to blame. (Various)


Andy Murray says he will not make drastic changes to his game in his pursuit of a major tennis title and will follow Novak Djokovic's route to success after the Serb world number one kept faith with his game despite being written off 12 months ago. (Various)

Fly-half Dan Parks felt the wrath of coach Andy Robinson despite kicking all of Scotland's points in the 15-6 win over Georgia because of a poor attempted clearance just before half time in their World Cup Pool B game. (Various)

Marcus Campbell and English opponent Jimmy Michie have been cleared following an investigation into suspicious betting patterns on a match at the world snooker shoot-out in January. (Various)

Top Scotland batsman Oli Hairs has pulled out of next week's trip to Namibia because of university commitments. (Daily Record)

US tycoon Donald Trump has written to the Scottish Government criticising plans for a windfarm off the coast near his new £750m golf resort. (Daily Record)

Former World Indoor Singles champion David Gourlay has been appointed by Bowls Scotland as their new head coach. (the Herald)

Gordon Shedden, current British Touring Car Championship leader, will today be confirmed by Honda as one of their two drivers for 2012. (Daily Record)