Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Aston Villa are preparing a January transfer bid for Rangers' in-form Scotland forward, Steven Naismith. (the Sun)

Hearts will launch a huge security operation to protect Neil Lennon when he returns to Tynecastle - the scene of an on-field attack on the Celtic manager by a fan last season. (the Sun)

Hearts are on a collision course with the Scottish Football Association after demanding an inquest into why referee Iain Brines' disallowed a goal in the Edinburgh side's Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by Ayr United despite initially appearing to point to the centre circle. (the Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels described Kirk Broadfoot as "the ugly boy from Rangers - the male model from Ayrshire" whose "mascara was running" after the Scotland defender had a tunnel argument following the Glasgow side's 2-0 win. (Daily Record)

Fulham want Dundee United's Scott Allan on trial after the midfielder rejected the offer of a contract extension, but the request is likely to be rejected by Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson. (the Sun)

Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon has revealed that every player at the club has been warned his future is at stake because of poor results. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Gary Hooper believes scoring in the Europa League can help him gain a place in Fabio Capello's England squad. (Daily Express)

Antonio Di Natale will miss Thursday's Europa League meeting with Celtic as coach Frandesco Guidolin has decided to rest the Italy forward, leaving Udinese without a recognised striker for the trip to Glasgow. (Various)

Ghana centre-half John Boye will miss Rennes' next two Europa League group games, including one against Celtic, after picking up a hamstring injury. (the Sun)

Sion have claimed they will soon be reinstated to the Europa League in Celtic's place after the club were told they will discover within the next week whether a Swiss judge will support them in their legal battle against Uefa's decision to throw them out for fielding ineligible players. (the Scotsman)

Wolves have opened contract talks with James McFadden, the unattached Scotland forward who has been on trial at Molineux after recovering from long-term injury. (the Sun)

Neil McCann's hopes of coming out of retirement and signing for Partick Thistle have been dashed because a scan has revealed that the former Scotland winger has suffered serious knee damage. (Various)


Middlesex all-rounder Josh Davey will be unable to bowl for Scotland in their one-day matches against Namibia because of a troublesome knee injury but will continue to bat and field. (Daily Record)