Wednesday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Bolton Wanderers and QPR are on the trail of Motherwell's £700,000-rated forward, Jamie Murphy. (Daily Express)

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood says he is prepared to hold talks with Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest about become their assistant boss - but only if chairman Rod Petrie gives the Championship clubs permission. (Various)

Derek Riordan is heading for talks with Chinese Super League club Shaanxi Chanba after the Scotland striker's contract expired with Hibernian. (Various)

Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar has told countryman Juanma Ortiz he would be joining the Real Madrid of Scotland if he moved to Rangers from Almeria. (the Sun)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is poised to reject the chance to sign Australia midfielder Mile Jedinak, who has just left Gençlerbirliği, after talks with the 26-year-old. (Daily Record)

Alexei Eremenko will decide in the next 48 hours if he is moving to Celtic, Rangers or La Liga after the midfielder was told he can leave Metalist Kharkiv on a free transfer following his season on loan to Kilmarnock. (the Sun)

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish may make a £3m offer for Tottenham's former Rangers defender Alan Hutton, having previously tried to sign him for Birmingham. (th Sun)

Kilmarnock are closing in on a deal with former Ipswich Town defender Rory McKeown after he appeared as a second-half substitute in their 3-1 win over Linfield. (Various)

Former Portsmouth striker Dunijel Subotic will stay with St Johnstone as they continue their pre-season in Dublin after the trialist against Arbroath on Monday and is joined by Marcus Haber, the forward who was released by West Brom after his loan with the Saints. (the Herald)

Freed Celtic youth right-back Stephen O'Donnell is on trial with Dunfermline Athletic and appeared in their 1-1 draw away to Brechin City. (the Sun)

Slask Wroclaw have sold out their home Europa League match against Dundee United on 14 July in less than an hour. (Daily Express)

Manchester United's friendly with East of Scotland League amateurs Spartans on 24 July is heading for a 3500 sell-out. (Daily Record)

Hugh Dallas has been confirmed in a semi-permanent referee's committee role by European football's governing body Uefa eight months after being sacked by the Scottish Football Association over an inappropriate email about the Pope's visit to Scotland. (Daily Mail)

Falkirk have taken highly-rated Bolton Wanderers defender Rhys Bennett on loan. (Daily Record)

Gavin Skelton has rejected an offer from Morton to join English Conference North club Barrow after leaving Hamilton Accies. (Various)

Morton were so impressed with former St Johnstone striker Peter MacDonald's first-half display in their friendly against Motherwell that they announced his signing at half-time. (the Sun)

Defender Chris Higgins has agreed to join Queen of the South after being released by promoted Dunfermline Athletic. (Various)

Freed Rangers youth striker Archie Campbell has been offered a contract by Morton. (the Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Martin Laird says he mystified that American players have snubbed the Barclays Scottish Open after only eight from the United States entered the field as the tournament prepares for its new home at Castle Douglas. (Daily Record)

United States-based Martin Laird is planning on playing more tournaments on the European Tour next year in a bid to secure a Ryder Cup place. (the Sun)

Martin Laird will marry American fiancee Meagan Franks after playing in the Scottish Open and the Open. (Daily Mail)

Two-time major winner Sandy Lyle reckons he is due a place in the World Golf Hall of Fame after repeatedly being snubbed for 15 years. (Daily Record)

Sandy Lyle says he is missing out on lucrative tournament invitations because he has been snubbed by the US Golf Hall of Fame. (Daily Express)

Andy Murray is set to play two singles and the doubles with brother Jamie as Great Britain take on Luxembourg in their Davis Cup tie, which starts at Braehead Arena on Friday. (the Herald)

Canadians Jon Landry, the former Braehead Clan defenseman, and Danny Stewart, who led Newcastle Vipers last season, have been linked with the vacant player-coach post at the Glasgow club. (Daily Express)