Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Coach Craig Levein insists Scotland do not need to win against Wales, despite his side having picked up only two points from their opening two World Cup qualifiers. (Various)

But Wales captain Ashley Williams says the hosts are desperate to beat the Scots in Cardiff on Friday evening.

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Scotland captain Darren Fletcher feels like he is making his international debut again as he prepares to return to the side for the first time in almost a year. (Various)

Chief executive Charles Green insists Rangers will not return to the Scottish Premier League so long as he is running the Ibrox club, with the Englishman demanding changes to how the top flight is run. (Various)

Meanwhile, Green says he will pay the difference if Rangers fail to raise a targeted £20m on the stock exchange. (Various)

Rangers have received a compensation fee from Sheffield Wednesday following Rhys McCabe's signing at Hillsborough. (Various)

And Maurice Edu claims he made sure the Ibrox club got a transfer fee after he joined Stoke City. (Various)

Celtic forward Georgios Samaras will play for Greece against Bosnia on Friday evening, despite carrying an injury. (Daily Record)

St Mirren defender Marc McAusland has received hospital treatment on a knee injury but manager Danny Lennon has confirmed the player will be fit to play Celtic later this month. (Various)

Falkirk have been fined £11,500 for failing to pay tax bills on time. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Trainer Colin Belshaw and businessman Ian Wilson are bringing big-time boxing back to Paisley Town Hall for the first time in 25 years, with six bouts including the headline fight between Scot Kris Carslaw and Dan Blackwell planned for 19 October. (Various)

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