Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Southampton are offering to treble Gary Hooper's wages as they prepare a third bid for the Celtic striker. (Daily Record)

Striker Jay Bothroyd has told Celtic he in not interested in leaving QPR. (Daily Express)

Hibs are looking at Arsenal youngster Rhys Murphy after failing with a loan move for Derby's former Aberdeen forward Chris Maguire. (Daily Express)

Rangers hope to have a deal wrapped up for Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik by the end of the week. (Daily Express)

Celtic's on-loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster wants to wait until the summer before discussing his future. (Various)

David Weir will make one final bow before Saturday's game with Aberdeen after the Rangers veteran decided to leave the Ibrox club. (Sun)

Former Rangers skipper Richard Gough reckons Weir qualifies as one of the club's greatest captains. (Sun)

Old Firm target Hamdi Salihi has been told he can leave Rapid Vienna this month. (Various)

Glasgow City Council have given their blessing for Rangers and Celtic to explore the option of safe-standing areas. (Daily Record)

Slovak striker Milos Lacny is to have a trial with Dundee United this week. (Sun)

Dundee United are unlikely to offer injury-prone midfielder Danny Swanson a new contract. (Sun)

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon is working round the clock in his search for new faces. (Various)

Former Hearts striker Calum Elliot has agreed a two-year deal with Lithuanian side Vilnius Zalgiris. (Various)

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan has revealed that last year's Dublin debacle has signalled the demise of the Nations Cup tournament, involving Scotland, Wales, N Ireland and Republic of Ireland. (Various)

Regan also warned Scotland's Olympic hopefuls that they run the risk of a hostile reaction from the Tartan Army. (Various)

And Regan confirmed that the SFA are still investigating Rangers owner Craig Whyte's background, given his previous disqualification as a company director. (Daily Record)

Former Motherwell and Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee is poised to take over at Bristol Rovers. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace are keen on Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui. (Daily Express)

Wigan are weighing up a move for Leeds and Scotland forward Ross McCormack. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Catriona Matthew will defend her Scottish Open title despite the event clashing with the lucrative Brazil Cup on the LPGA Tour. (Daily Express)

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