Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Leicester City have told Rangers they will renew in January the £7.5m offer for Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic rejected in the summer - and this time the cash-strapped Ibrox club could not afford to turn it down. (the Sun)

Olympiakos could use £2m-rated Greek striker Kosta Migroglou as bait in their bid to land Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor. (Daily Express)

Former Aberdeen forward Sone Aluko will be given 90 minutes to prove himself worthy of a contract with Rangers when the Nigeria international plays as a trialist in today's closed-doors friendly against St Mirren. (Daily Record)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist fears that Aberdeen's demand for compensation could scupper his bid to sign trialist Sone Aluko and the Ibrox club's lawyers are looking for clarification from world governing body Fifa. (the Sun)

Sone Aluko's agent says Aberdeen would not be due any compensation should the Nigeria international sign for Rangers because the Dons paid Birmingham City £50,000 for the 22-year-old, put him straight in their first team and therefore did not develop his talent. (Daily Record)

Falkirk are ready to appeal to world governing body Fifa over compensation they believe they are due after 23-year-old striker Mark Stewart joined Bradford City this summer. (Daily Record)

Rosenborg defender Mikael Lustig, who is also wanted by Espanyol and Fulham, says he is excited at the prospect of joining Celtic after speaking to the Glasgow club's present Swedish centre-half, Daniel Majstorovic. (Various)

Middlesbrough are set to launch a January bid for Dundee United midfielder Danny Swanson. (the Sun)

Hearts have opened contract talks aimed at keeping midfielder Eggert Jonsson at Tynecastle despite looking to make cuts to the budget. (the Sun)

Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster says it will not step into the dispute between Hearts and unpaid players despite a clause in its rule book giving it the power to investigate financial matters between clubs and employees. (the Scotsman)

Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon expects to find out today if he has been successful in his bid to become Hibernian boss. (Daily Mail)

Two early front runners for the Hibernian manager's job, Shamrock Rovers' Michael O'Neill and former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies, appear to be out of the running as they have not been contacted by the Easter Road club. (the Scotsman)

St Mirren will hold talks today with Danny Lennon as the manager closes in on a new two-year contract. (the Sun)

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour thinks the Scottish Premier League's new £80m television deal kills off any prospect of expanding the number of teams in the top flight. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Premier League's new television deal kills off talk of an expanded league because broadcaster Sky demands four Old Firm derbies. (Various)

Scotland could play some of their World Cup qualifiers at Hampden Park on a Friday night after police said they might relax their objections. (the Sun)

Former Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Gordon McKie has been confirmed as the Hong Kong Football Association's new chief executive and could lead a major overhaul of the game there. (the Scotsman)

Research by Supporters Direct will be sent to the Scottish Government saying a majority of fans want standing areas back at Scottish Premier League stadiums. (Daily Record)

Police have admitted one of their officers made an error by seizing a Celtic fans' scarf during a match against Rangers at Ibrox because it had an image of the Pope on it. (the Sun)

Former Prime Minister and Raith Rovers fan Gordon Brown admits he also has a soft spot for Cowdenbeath because his father and grandfather supported the Blue Brazil. (the Sun)


Elena Baltacha has backtracked on her plan to retire from tennis after next summer's Olympics, saying she would be "silly" o quit if she is still winning and playing well. (the Scotsman)

Colin Montgomerie, presently 303 in the world rankings, believes he can recapture his form in time to win a place in Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup team, who will defend the tropy against the United States in Chicago. (Daily Record)

Barry Morrison has threatened to quit boxing if he fails to get a fight by February, the former British champion having not had a fight since being knocked out by Paul McCloskey last October. (Daily Record)

Cyclist David Millar is a step closer to being able to compete at next summer's London 2012 Games after the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban for drugs cheats was deemed to violate the global anti-doping code. (the Scotsman)