Friday's Scottish gossip


Celtic have made a move to sign Real Betis striker Jorge Molina with the Spanish club looking for a transfer fee of £5m. (Sun)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has ended his interest in Nigerian trialist Michael Uchebo after just one training session but the striker's club VVV Venlo say they have agreed a fee of £1m for the player's proposed transfer to Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Another Nigerian striker on McCoist's radar is Kalu Uche, currently with Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Rangers are closing in on a deal to sign Polish forward Pawel Broznek on loan from Trabzonspor as Ibrox striker and West Ham target Nikica Jelavic helps to lure former Rapid Vienna team-mate Hamdi Salihi to Glasgow as his own replacement. (Sun)

Jelavic could become the subject of an £8m bid by CSKA Moscow. (Daily Express)

Ayr United manager Brian Reid is angry at Kilmarnock counterpart Kenny Shiels' claim that the Somerset Park squad are not really part-time players ahead of the Ayrshire rivals' Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final meeting on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Hearts will find out today whether they are to face punishment over the late payment of player wages. (Various)

And Celtic could also find out what punishment they are due from Uefa following discharged flares and an offensive banner by fans during the Glasgow club's Europa League match against Udinese in December. (Herald)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown hopes to secure deals for Stephen Hughes and Danny Uchechi, who have both been on trial with the Pittodrie club, but another recent Dons target, Gavin Rae, is expected to join Hibernian. (Various)

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon fears Leigh Griffiths will never learn after the striker's third ban for gesturing towards supporters. (Daily Record)

The Scottish FA have told Motherwell to "stop whining" after the club criticised the governing body's disciplinary system over striker Michael Higdon's ban. (Daily Mail)

Swindon Town still hope to tie up a move for Inverness midfielder Lee Cox after having an initial £25,000 bid rejected. (Various)

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre is pleading with the club's board to free up the cash to sign free agent Stuart Duff. (Daily Mail)

Chris Millar is ready to commit his long-term future St Johnstone by signing a new deal. (Various)

Falkirk defender Murray Wallace is a target for Brighton, Charlton, Huddersfield and Ipswich and could move south before the close of the January transfer window. (Daily Express)


The experienced Dan Parks is expected to be given the nod at stand-off for Scotland's Six Nations opener against England ahead of Greig Laidlaw and Duncan Weir. (Scotsman)