Sunday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov insists Hearts "don't have any financial problems", despite receiving a winding-up order over a tax bill and the club's public appeal for fans to invest in shares and buy up tickets to raise funds.

Full story: Sunday Mail 

Meanwhile, the proposed fans' takeover of Hearts will only be successful if the club are debt and liability free at the time of handover. (Scotland on Sunday)

The Scottish Premier League are to propose a new set-up of 24 teams, initially split into two divisions of 12 and then engaging in a 14-game play-off system.

The top eight teams in the upper division would face each other twice, as would the bottom eight teams in the lower division while the bottom four from the top league and top four from the lower league would also play-off against one another.

Full story: Sunday Mail 

Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants the Scottish FA to take control of the league reconstruction process. (Various)

Snoop Dogg

Multi-million selling rapper Snoop Dogg is reportedly interested in investing in Celtic

Gary Hooper, Joe Ledley and captain Scott Brown are winning their battle to be fit for Tuesday's Champions League match against Benfica in Portugal. (Various)

Meanwhile, popular hip hop artist and actor Snoop Dogg wants to buy a share in Celtic after watching them beat Barcelona earlier this month.

The rapper has discussed his plan with David Beckham and claims he'll get the former England captain into a Celtic jersey.

Full story: Sunday Mail 

Interim Scotland coach Billy Stark says the ball is in the court of the Scottish FA over his case to get the job on a permanent basis.

Full story: Sunday Mail 

Scotland striker Kenny Miller insists former national coach Berti Vogts was wrong to describe him and his team-mates as poor players. (Various)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels believes Rugby Park midfielder Gary Harkins is good enough to play for Scotland. (Sunday Post)

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay dedicated his goal against Ross County to the baby boy he lost earlier this year. (Various)

Former Rangers defender Sandy Jardine, who currently works at Ibrox, is being treated for cancer of the liver. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

The effect to Scotland's ranking following the defeat by South Africa means Andy Robinson's side will be in the third pot of seeds when the draw is made for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. (Scotland on Sunday)

Edinburgh's bid to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 or 2015 have changed from a scenic route to a more conventional road race.

Full story: Scotland on Sunday 

And the Tour could start in Edinburgh in two years' time as part of an ambitious four-day stay in the UK. (Sunday Times)