Wednesday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Some senior Hearts players plan to leave the club for nothing in January, invoking a Fifa article article which allows them to do so if their contract has been breeched through non-payment of wages. (Daily Mail)

Rangers director of football Gordon Smith stands by the decision he took while Scottish FA chief executive to crack down on simulation - even though his club's appeal over Sone Aluko's diving ban could leave the SFA's efforts in tatters. (Herald)

West Brom are considering offering Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans plus cash for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. (Daily Express)

Celtic captain Scott Brown insists committing to the club for three-and-a-half more years, rather than moving to the English Premier League, does not show a lack of ambition. (Various)

Celtic full-back Badr El-Kaddouri's short stint in Glasgow could end next month as St Etienne are to make a move for the Moroccan international. (Sun)

Former Hibernian manager John Hughes has emerged as a candidate to take over at English League One side Hartlepool United. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

The Lawn Tennis Association hope to announce Andy Murray's mother, Judy, as the new captain of the Great Britain Fed Cup team in the next 48 hours. (Herald)

Murrayfield back pitches are to re-open on Scotland international match days in order to improve the experience for fans who wish to socialise there. (Scotsman)