Monday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Craig Mackail-Smith, who scored Scotland's winner against Liechtenstein, has vowed to play through the pain barrier of back and hamstring problems to face Spain in Tuesday's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier. (Daily Record)

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says that, despite having already qualified, Spain will remain motivated by the desire to finish with maximum points as they host Scotland in Tuesday's final Group I Euro 2012 qualifier. (Daily Record)

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech says Scotland have no chance of finishing second in Group I because his side will claim three points away to Lithuania. (Daily Record)

Lithuania captain Tomas Danilevicius, the former Dunfermline Athletic striker, has been ruled out of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Czech Republic. (Daily Record)

Hearts midfielder David Obua has vowed never to play again for national manager Bobby Williamson after being dropped following a per-match row with the Scotsman ahead of the weekend draw with Kenya that ended Uganda's chances of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 34 years. (Daily Record)

The failure of Sierra Leone and Kenya to qualify for the African Cup of Nations means Celtic will not be denied the services of Mo Bangura and Victor Wanyama for the month-long finals, which start in January. (Various)

St Johnstone's Derek McInnes and former Hibernian boss John Hughes are on Bristol City's five-man shortlist for a new manager but are competing with former City player Mark Robins, Sean O'Driscoll, who recently left Doncaster Rovers, and favourite Dave Jones, formerly of Cardiff City. (Daily Record)

Uefa claims it will put an end this week to the legal wrangling over Sion's attempt to be reinstated into the Europa League at Celtic's expense after the Swiss club were thrown out for fielding ineligible players. (Daily Record)


Glasgow Tigers won speedway's Premier League title for the first time in 17 years after Sunday's win over Somerset Rebels. (Various)