Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers are considering signing India international strikers Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chhetri in the hope of opening up a new market in the subcontinent. The duo will arrive in Glasgow before the end of the month for a trial with Ally McCoist's side. (Daily Record)

Bolo Zenden will discover today whether he will be offered a short-term deal with Celtic. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Rosenborg defender Mickael Lustig admits he is being trailed by Celtic. (Herald)

Former Celtic player Brian O'Neil says both halves of the Old Firm should consider selling the naming rights for their stadiums, a practice common during his playing spell in Germany with Wolfsburg. O'Neil feels the financial benefits on offer would help both clubs. (Daily Record)

Rangers club captain David Weir has warned he will leave Ibrox in January if he does not win back his place in the first-team. (Various)

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster says he would be excited by the prospect of a British Cup competition. (Various)

East Stirlingshire are furious after Ryan Frances was given a lenghty ban for manhandling a referee.

Frances will miss Shire's next 12 matches but manager John Coughlin feels former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra escaped with just a fine following a similar incident involving a referee last season. (Various)

Scotland coach Craig Levein expects to have a World Cup qualifying fixture in June 2013, at the tail-end of one season and weeks before the next. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Scotland captain Darren Fletcher says players must behave off the park to preserve their international careers.

Fletcher's fellow midfielder Barry Bannan was left out of the squad to face Cyprus after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. (Various)

Celtic winger Paddy McCourt is desperate to shake off the tag of 'luxury player' and become a regular in the first team. (Daily Express)


Rugby ace Chris Paterson is facing a race against time to be fit for Edinburgh's opening Heineken Cup clash against London Irish on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Glasgow Warriors will omit Johnnie Beattie from their squad for the Heineken Cup meeting with Bath. Number 8 Beattie will instead be released to play for Ayr in the British & Irish Cup opener against Plymouth. (Herald)

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson hopes to push the sevens game to the forefront of developing rugby in Scotland with a target of having a rugby sevens team at every Glasgow school in time for the city's hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Scotsman)

Coach Margot Wells believes Thom Evans has a "raw talent" for sprinting as the former Scotland rugby international targets a place at Glasgow 2014. (Daily Mail)

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