Saturday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Ki Sung-Yueng wants to quit Celtic, who rejected an £8m bid from Rubin Kazan for the South Korea midfielder this summer, in January or the summer in search of Champions League football. (Daily Mail)

Former Celtic striker Dixie Deans claims in his new autobiography that reggae legend Bob Malrey was a fan of the Glasgow club who could name all of the Lisbon Lions side that lifted the European Cup. (Various)

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher says he feels good after rejoining the squad ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Leichtenstein following a bout of tonsillitis. (the Sun)

Craig Levein intends to remain Scotland coach for the World Cup qualifying campaign even if his side fails to reach the Euro 2012 finals. (the Herald)

St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown says losing the 2,000-seat north stand because of a Perth Council roads project will not be a blow to the club because they have not had a full house for more than a decade. (Various)

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes says the Scottish Football Association's surprise decision to clear Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor of a dive to win a penalty against the Perth side will make the job of referees even more difficult. (the Sun)

Former Celtic defender Rudi Vata hopes to become Albania's national coach with current boss Josip Kuze poised to quit because of ill health. (the Sun)

Aston Villa's Scottish manager, Alex McLeish, has been told to cut his squad's average wage by £10,000 per week. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn Rovers' owners have hailed under-fire Scotsman Steve Kean as "a brilliant manager" who will lead the club into Europe. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

The trio regarded as the best young prospects in Scottish golf will be starting their professional careers on third-tier circuits next year after James Byrne and David Law joined Michael Stewart in failing to get past the first stage at the European Tour Qualifying School. (the Scotsman)

Cricket Scotland's 32 clubs will vote on Sunday whether to scrap the Scottish National League in favour of a regional set-up. (the Herald)

World champion Mark Cavendish has urged Scottish cyclist David Millar to challenge a life ban from the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee's policy on doping cheats was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (Daily Telegraph)

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