Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers have a agreed a deal to sign free agent Sone Aluko on a six-month contract after thrashing out a £100,000 compensation fee with his former employers Aberdeen.

Aluko will try to win a two-year deal at the end of the season. (Various)

And Rangers have targeted Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson (Sun) and Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan (Various).

Hibernian are expected to announce Pat Fenlon as their new manager, the 42-year-old leaving Bohemians to join the Leith side. (Various)

Meanwhile, former Hibs boss Colin Calderwood is in line to become Chris Hughton's assistant at Birmingham City. (Various)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon backed plans to bring Gordon Strachan back to the club in an advisory role and admits he still goes to his former boss for guidance. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Lennon reacted angrily to home fans who showed their frustration at Celtic's inability to kill off Dunfermline in Wednesday's 2-1 win in Glasgow. (Sun)

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan says Scotland coach Craig Levein "did very well" in securing the national side's fixtures for the World Cup qualifying campaign. (Daily Record)

And Levein feels his side need to start the campaign well to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2014 finals in Brazil. (Various)

Police will give the go-ahead to two Friday evening fixtures at Hampden during the qualifying campaign. (Herald)

Kilmarnock have secured 18-year-old Jude Winchester on a long-term deal. (Various)

And Dundee United have signed up Sligo Rovers captain Richie Ryan on a two-and-a-half year contract. (Various)

Highland League bottom club Strathspey Thistle have signed three shinty players, Steven MacDonald, Rory Kennedy and Paul MacArthur of Newtonmore, in a bid to help them move up the table. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Willie Limond wants to be known for more than just being the boxer who once knocked Amir Khan down as prepares to take on Anthony Crolla for the British lightweight title. (Various)

Glasgow Warriors new boy David Lemi says he resisted overtures from Japan and France to play his rugby in Scotland. (Various)

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