Thursday's Scottish Gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is backing new head coach Alan Stubbs to be a success at Hibs but reckons it is "going to be tough" for his boyhood team to win promotion back to the Premiership at the first time of asking. (Sun)

And Stubbs is lining up former Everton reserve coach Andy Holden as his assistant at Easter Road. (Sun)

Kilmarnock and Falkirk are chasing goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, released by Hearts at the end of last season. (Herald)

Celtic netted more than £14.5m in Champions League prize money last season - down more than a third on the previous campaign. (Daily Express)

Dutch midfielder Marley Berkvens, 21, will join Dundee United for pre-season training following a tip-off from Pierre van Hooijdonk - the man who alerted manager Jackie McNamara to Nadir Ciftci last summer. (Daily Express)

The Tannadice club will listen to offers for winger Gary Mackay-Steven if the 23-year-old doesn't agree extended terms soon. (Sun)

But Dundee United have dropped their interest in Celtic striker Denny Johnstone, 19, due to the uncertain outcome of any transfer tribunal. (Herald)

Former Hearts and Kilmarnock defender Ismael Bouzid is training with Rangers, with the 30-year-old Algerian hoping to win a place on the club's Highland tour next week. (Various)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says Luis Suarez must be punished for his World Cup bite on Giorgio Chiellini but thinks the game's governors should also offer psychological help to the Uruguay striker. (Daily Record)

Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Scully is returning to Dunfermline on a season-long loan. (Various)

Former Dundee United midfielder Danny Swanson is on the brink of joining Coventry from Peterborough. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

David Millar let slip on Twitter that he is in the nine-man Garmin-Sharp team for his last ever Tour de France. (Various)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend hails retiring fly-half Dan Parks as "one of the best". (Daily Mail)