Tuesday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Ally McCoist will make his first signing today when Spanish midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz joins for £500,000 from Almeria. (The Star)

Manchester City star Craig Bellamy wants to come back to Celtic for another crack at the SPL title. (The Star)

Meanwhile, Stoke City are battling to sign Bellamy and could also be bidding for Celtic target Erik Huseklep. (The Record)

Celtic flop Ben Hutchinson has been given a chance to revive his career with a trial at Kilmarnock. (The Star)

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is keep to tie up Darren McGregor on a long-term deal. (The Star)

Dundee United midfielder Scott Robertson is set to miss the start of the season after being ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. (The Star)

Hearts are awaiting notification from owner Vladimir Romanov on what to do next in the case of convicted sex offender Craig Thompson. (The Scotsman)

Nottingham Forest are in pole position to land Colin Calderwood as their new number two, but only if Hibs soften their stance on keeping their want-away manager. (The Mail)

Cowdenbeath have agreed a pay-as-you-play deal for defender Joe Mbu whose contract expired at the end of last season. (The Express)

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley is hoping to find the cash to re-sign striker Tam McManus who was released last term, but has returned for pre-season training. (The Express)

Hibernian star Derek Riordan, now on freedom of contract, is wanted by Chinese outfit Shaanxi Chanba. (The Sun)

Rangers could miss out on a return for defender Carlos Cuellar after the Spaniard insisted he is ready for the season with current club Aston Villa. (The Sun)

Hearts left-tback Lee Wallace is being chased by Wolves as the battle to sign him up intensifies. (The Record)

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping to bring former Scotland assistant Andy Watson to help him at the West Midlands club. (The Record)