Monday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Crystal Palace had St Mirren forward Paul McGowan watched against Hearts, with Burnley tracking the progress of Buddies midfielder Kenny McLean. (the Sun)

South Korea are set to anger Celtic again by insisting that Ki Sung-Yeung travels to their World Cup double-header this week evein if he is still sick. (Daily Express)

James McFadden says he was never convinced Celtic were serious in their interest in him before the Scotland forward signed for Everton last month. (the Sun)

Former Scotland defender Dominic Matteo admits he lost £1m gambling on horses. (the Independent)

Former Hibernian midfielder Michael O'Neill, who has led Shamrock Rovers into the Europa League group stage, has emerged as favourite for the manager's job at Easter Road after the sacking of Colin Calderwood. (Various)

Charlie Adam, Alan Hutton, Lee Wallace, Graham Dorrans, Russell Martin and David Marshall have all pulled out of the Scotland squad for their friendly in Cyprus, with Craig Samson, Gary MacKenzie, Stephen Crainey and Craig Conway being called in by coach Craig Levein. (Various)

Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie has admitted he does not read books - after being chosen as a "reading champion" by his local school. (Daily Record)

Wealthy football fans from Aberdeen have been chartering a plane to follow Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. (Daily Record)

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Promoter Frank Warren has suggested that Ricky Burns, who beat Michael Katsidis to win the WBO interim lightweight title, could be given a rematch with former world super-featherweight champion Alex Arthur in his next boxing bout. (Various)

Alister McRae lifted the Asia Pacific rally title after leading from start to finish in the final round. (Various)

All-rounder Majid Haq has called on Cricket Scotland to increase the number of players on professional contracts to continue the recent improvement in performances. (the Hearld)