Wednesday's Scottish Gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic forward Georgios Samaras believes Champions League play-off opponents Shakhter Karagandy, who lead 2-0 after the first leg, would not cope with playing in the Scottish Premiership.

Full story: Daily Record 

Meanwhile, Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists he has not felt let down by the club's board over this summer's transfer dealings.

Full story: The Scotsman 

Israel midfielder Nir Biton is close to agreeing a £1m move to Celtic.

Full story: The Sun (subscription required) 

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon admits his team were "hurting" after the Scottish League Cup holders were knocked out of the competition by Queen of the South.

Full story: Daily Express 

Rangers manager Ally McCoist remains keen on signing Kenny Miller, despite the former Scotland forward having extended his contract with Vancouver Whitecaps.

Full story: The Herald 

OTHER GOSSIP

John Barclay is expected to make his Scotland comeback in this year's rugby autumn Tests, with the Scarlets forward having missed the summer tour of South Africa.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Meanwhile, RaboDirect Pro12 chairman Andy Irvine, former president of Scottish Rugby, would like to see Edinburgh play their matches in a smaller venue than their current home of Murrayfield.

Full story: The Herald