Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Frank McAvennie says he has lost an old friend because Rangers manager Ally McCoist has not spoken to him since an angry exchange of words while the former Celtic striker played a role in the negotiations over a new contract for winger Gregg Wylde. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has denied that he sought to engineer a move away from Rangers for Gregg Wylde, claiming that he could not have recommended to the young winger that he accept the Ibrox club's initial offer of a new contract. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian have refused to comment on whether the club knew about claims that Garry O'Connor tested positive for cocaine while at Birmingham City when they re-signed the striker earlier this summer. (the Herald)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood has vowed to to keep Garry O'Connor in the firing line of first-team football despite a Channel 4 documentary claiming that the controversial striker served a secret ban for using cocaine while with Birmingham City. (Daily Record)

Celtic have opened talks with their former player, Didier Agathe, about opening a football academy on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. (Various)

Dunfermline Athletic want to follow Motherwell's example by ending a police presence at their games to save money. (Various)

Chris Maguire insists he has no regrets about leaving Aberdeen to join Derby County despite only making two substitute appearances so far for the Championship club. (Daily Mail)

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean insists he has the backing of the Barclays Premier League club's owners and will not be driven out despite the Scot's side sitting bottom of the table. (Various)

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has told Kenny Miller to see a sports psychologist to end the Scotland striker's goal drought with the Championship side. (Daily Express)

Scottish striker Ryan Harper has landed a two-year contract with Spanish Second Division outfit Guadalajara and the 24-year-old will be able to act as mentor to his younger brother, Jack, who is on the books of nearby Real Madrid. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Robinson says it is unfair for Rugby World Cup group rivals Georgia to be given only four days between matches as the team beaten by his Scots side prepare to face England. (Various)

Former world featherweight champion Scott Harrison has announced his intention to return to the ring following his release from a Spanish prison despite the 33-year-old having not boxed since November 2005. (Various)

Majid Haq, Safy Sharif and Josh Davey have all been passed fit for Scotland's cricket team ahead of their Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia. (the Sun)

Billionaire Donald Trump has threatened legal action if plans for an offshore wind farm near his golf resort near Aberdeen are given the green light. (Daily Mail)

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