Monday's Scottish Gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley has dedicated his team's 5-1 hammering of Partick Thistle at the weekend to their former midfielder Phil O'Donnell, who died six years ago on Sunday. (Various)

St Johnstone hat-trick hero Stevie May reveals he and his team-mates were given a boost in the McDiarmid Park changing room when they saw that opponents Dundee United had made eight changes to face them in the league on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Rangers captain Lee McCulloch says the team became lazy at the end of Thursday's match against Stranraer, in which they were pegged back to a 1-1 draw. (The Sun)

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose believes his defensive partnership with Virgil van Dijk can improve further, despite them not conceding a goal in their last six matches. (The Sun)

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon describes free-scoring midfielder Kris Commons as "wonderful" after his winning strike against Inverness took his season's tally to 15 goals. (Daily Record)

Lennon believes his team's run of 18 games undefeated in the Scottish Premiership should attract more respect. (Daily Mail)

Belgian side Lierse have brought in Mbaye Diagne, adding to the prospect of Tony Watt returning to Celtic from his troubled loan spell there. (Daily Record)

Al-Ahly playmaker Mahmoud Hassan has handed in a transfer request to the Egyptian club to try to force a move to Celtic. (Daily Record)

Hibs manager Terry Butcher will encourage his players to continue with their shoot-on-sight policy as the team pushes for more goals. (Daily Mail)

Morton manager Kenny Shiels has former Hibs striker Garry O'Connor training with the Cappielow club, while Nacho Novo, released by the Greenock outfit after a short-term deal, is wanted by former club Dundee. (Daily Express)