Monday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Celtic hope to tie up a quick deal to sign Rosenborg's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig to ward off interest in the player from Spanish clubs. (Daily Record)

Plans for a community-led takeover of St Mirren have fallen through because the group planning to buy a majority stake have not been able to meet the £2m asking price. (Herald)

Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster fears supporters are being driven away from football matches because of stringent stadium rules.

Dempster was speaking after several 'Well fans were removed from Pittodrie on Saturday for standing up. (Daily Record)

Steve Lomas has denied gesturing towards officials during his first match in charge of St Johnstone, the 0-0 draw with Rangers at Ibrox. (Express)

And Lomas will not be brought before the Scottish FA following the alleged incident. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Lomas has warned Rangers it will take at least £1m to prise Murray Davidson from Perth in the January transfer window. (Various)

Inverness midfielder Greg Tansey tweeted how "gutted" he was to be controversially sent off against Celtic on Saturday. (Daily Express)

And team-mate Jonny Hayes also used Twitter account to vent his frustrations, saying: "It's always hard playing Celtic and their 14 men". (Sun)

Hayes could consequently find himself in trouble with the SFA. (Daily Star)

The SFA will analyse Inverness manager Terry Butcher's post-match comments about Tansey's dismissal. (Various)

And Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels may also be in trouble with the governing body for criticising the referee following the 1-1 draw with Hibernian. (Daily Record)

Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic has urged his team-mates to pile the pressure on Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers by beating Dunfermline on Wednesday and reducing the gap between the two Old Firm sides to seven points. (Various)

Richie Foran has tipped countryman Anthony Stokes to win a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for next summer's Euro 2012 finals. Stokes scored both goals in Celtic's 2-0 win over Foran's Inverness. (Various)

Dundee United midfielder Willo Flood has urged the Scottish Premier League to take action against Hearts over late payment of wages to players. (Scotsman)

Rangers will invite Celtic to play in overseas friendlies and continue to pursue a British Cup in order to boost income. (Daily Mail)

But the Scottish Football League have hit back at Rangers chief operating officer Ali Russell for saying the League Cup has lost its appeal. (Daily Record)

Belgium coach George Leekens says his FA will do "everything in our power to get a schedule that suits us" when they meet with Scottish, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian and Welsh delegations to agree fixture dates for World Cup qualifying Group A. (Various)


Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen says his side's 38-13 defeat to Leinster was like watching men against boys. (Various)

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