Tuesday's Scottish Gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Fergus McCann, the former owner who saved Celtic from bankruptcy 20 years ago, would like to see the Scottish champions play in England as part of an expansion of the Premier League and thinks the Glasgow club would triple in size financially overnight.

Full story: The Herald 

Former Celtic owner Fergus McCann has reignited his war of words with the Scottish Football Association by insisting it should have bulldozed Hampden Park instead of spending £71m on the national stadium's redevelopment.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Celtic goalkeeper coach Stevie Woods believes Fraser Forster will have no reason to leave the Scottish champions this summer should he win a place in England's World Cup squad.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Scotland Under-21 manager Billy Stark says he is keeping a close eye on Tony Watt's progress with Lierse but is no rush to recall the on-loan Celtic striker to his squad despite a recent rush of goals in the Belgian top-flight.

Full story: The Herald 

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee believes there is no need to rush former national captain Darren Fletcher into an immediate return to his country's starting line-up against Poland in Warsaw on Wednesday after the midfielder's recovery from long-term illness with Manchester United.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is an injury doubt for Poland

Full story: The Scotsman 

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is an injury doubt for Poland ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Scotland.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill plans to use John Robertson, the former Scotland winger who was his long-time assistant at club level, as a scout during a Euro 2016 campaign that pits his side against the Scots in Group D.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

Everton midfielder James McCarthy expects to be jeered by Scotland fans when he lines up for Republic of Ireland against the land of his birth in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack admits to finally feeling at home at international level and hopes being captain and main goalscorer at his club will show Scotland manager Gordon Strachan he has the maturity to lead the line against Poland on Wednesday.

Full story: The Scotsman 

Former Dundee and Rangers midfielder Dariusz Adamczuk says his Scottish-born son, Patryk, who has made a professional breakthrough at 16 with Pogon Szczecin, has told him he would rather represent Scotland than follow his dad's example by representing Poland.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is relishing time away from domestic strife at the English top-flight outfit who this season have sacked Steve Clarke as manager, are already the subject of rumours about the future of successor Pepe Mel and attracted unsavoury headlines in the wake of striker Nicolas Anelka's controversial "quenelle" goal celebration gesture.

Full story: The Scotsman 

West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans, the Scotland international who has played only once since September, is a loan target for Nottingham Forest.

Full story: Daily Mirror (print edition)

Wealthy Rangers fan John McClure. of London-based Unicorn Asset Management, claims his offer to loan the club funds were ignored despite being at a lower rate of interest than the £1m accepted from present shareholders Laxey Partners.

Full story: Daily Record 

Hearts face another delay in agreeing the transfer of shares from fallen investment company UBIG - and a move out of administration - as procedures in Lithuania have not progressed sufficiently.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says television footage has convinced him that referee Willie Collum was wrong to send off striker Steven MacLean during the 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean is free to play against Raith Rovers in Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final despite being sent off against Aberdeen in the Premiership as his two yellow cards will mean a one-match ban that will come into effect in the league against Dundee United on 12 March.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Saracens forward Kelly Brown is to be restored to the Scotland team for Saturday's Six Nations match against France - less than a month after he was dropped from the squad.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Andy Murray believes he is ready for a 2014 glory push after a series of gruelling comeback matches following his time out of tennis to undergo back surgery.

Full story: Daily Record 

Coach Ivan Lendl believes Andy Murray is capable of having a strong clay-court season and challenging for the French Open title now that he is firmly on his way back following back surgery.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is to be given an honorary degree by Stirling University and will collect the award when he visits the town in April.

Full story: The Scotsman 

Scottish golfer Russell Knox found the Honda Classic an uplifting experience despite losing out on the title via a play-off, with the 28-year-old viewing it as proof that he can join the handful of Scots - Sany Lyle, Ken Brown and Martin Laird - to have won on the PGA Tour during the modern era.

Full story: The Scotsman