Thursday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says transfer target Craig Bellamy will have to drop his wage demands if he is to move to Glasgow from Manchester City. (Various)

Meanwhile, Perth Glory called in helicopters to blow dry their pitch after their friendly with Celtic came under threat due to heavy rain. (Various)

Birmingham are ready to meet Hibernian's compensation demands to take Colin Calderwood to the Championship club. Blues manager Chris Hughton wants Hibs boss Calderwood to become his assistant. (Sun)

Calderwood is also a target of Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren and Hibs supporters have urged their club to let the manager leave. (Daily Mail)

But Calderwood insists he is happy to continue at Easter Road if a deal cannot be struck with either Birmingham or Forest. (Scotsman)

New Aberdeen captain Richard Foster became involved in an angry verbal exchange with Dons supporters who jeered him during the 2-1 friendly defeat to Bochum. Foster has just returned to the club from a year-long loan at Rangers and sections of the Dons support were heard telling the player to return to Ibrox. (Various)

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis is expected to sign a new long-term contract at Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Wolves' interest in Hearts left-back Lee Wallace may end Rangers' chances of landing the defender. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock are hoping to sign free agent Mitchell Pique, a former Ajax and Den Haag defender. (Various)

James McFadden's failure to agree a new deal at Birmingham may re-ignite the Old Firm's interest in the Scotland international. (Sun)

Hearts striker Kevin Kyle could make an earlier than expected return from injury when the Edinburgh side travel to face Rangers on the opening day of the new season. (Various)

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes hopes to extend Alan Maybury's stay at McDiarmid Park. (Daily Record)

Motherwell goalkeeper Lee Hollis has committed himself to a new one-year deal at Fir Park. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Colin Montgomerie insists he can claim the top-five spot at the Scottish Open he needs to give him a place at the Open and also believes he can be a real contender for the Claret Jug.

Meanwhile, Montgomerie has criticised golfers who jump into lakes after winning tournaments. (Various)