Saturday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Neil Lennon believes Aberdeen are ready to take over from Rangers as the biggest domestic challenge to his Celtic side.

Full story: Daily Record

The Dons' top scorer Niall McGinn could be in line for a return to Celtic if he keeps up his prolific scoring record. (Various)

Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn
McGinn joined Aberdeen from Celtic in the summer

Another potential Celtic target is Chivas USA's 19-year-old striker Juan Agudelo, who has been invited to train with the Glasgow club next week.

Full story: Daily Record

Former Ibrox director Dave King is ready make a fresh investment in Rangers after winning a six-year court battle with the South African Revenue Service to have a freeze on his British assets revoked.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester United have rejected Rangers chief executive Charles Green's notion that the Ibrox club would be welcome in England's top flight. (Various)

Meanwhile, Green also says Rangers and Celtic would be wanted in a European cross-border league set-up, an idea Celtic counterpart Peter Lawwell is also keen on.

Full story: Scottish Sun

The prospect of a wage cap does not bother Rangers manager Ally McCoist, who feels it would give him more money to spend on player wages. (Various)

Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander, who is free to speak to other clubs in January, feels is due a new contract after playing the role of deputy for several years before becoming first choice at Ibrox this season. (Various)

Dylan McGowan admits the departure from Tynecastle of brother Ryan may provide his best chance of regular football at Hearts. (Various)

Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron is determined to ward off interest in the Highland club's Scotland international Andrew Shinnie. (Various)

Scotland are expected to drop to 72 in the next Fifa world rankings, which would be 25 places lower than the previous year.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish golfers Stephen Gallacher and Lloyd Saltman hope to produce strong finishes in Hong Kong and South Africa respectively as both try to keep alive their fading hopes of retaining their Tour cards. (Daily Express)

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