Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels says the suggestion that he would attempt to play Manuel Pascali against Celtic despite the defender being suspended - a story carried widely by the media - was a wind up and the Italian will definitely not play.

Full story: The Sun

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is hopeful that talks on Monday with Scottish Football Association compliance officer Vincent Lunny will help him avoid a possible 16-match suspension from the touchline.

Full story: The Herald

Wolves are poised to recall in-form striker Leigh Griffiths from his loan with Hibernian in January, dashing the Edinburgh club's hopes of a cut-price permanent transfer.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic manager Neil Lennon, whose club have earned a guaranteed £23m after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, says he might not spend a great deal of his share for fear of spoiling dressing-room harmony.

Full story: Daily Express

Other Scottish Premier League clubs, who have benefited from Uefa money because Celtic qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, will not receive any extra for the Glasgow side progressing further in the tournament.

Full story: Daily Record

Spartak Moscow defender Marek Suchy says the referee wrongly awarded the penalty against him that handed Kris Commons the chance to give Celtic victory in Wednesday's Champions League game.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers director Walter Smith says Scottish football should be grateful to Celtic and Rangers but instead there is an envy that has turned to hatred of his own club.

Full story: Daily Record

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith says that, despite having had 20 great years with Dundee United, he won't forgive the Tannadice club for the part they played in the Ibrox outfit's financial demise and ejection from the Scottish Premier League.

Full story: The Sun

Seven Scottish Football League matches - at Cowdenbeath, Hamilton, Coatbridge, Arbroath, Brechin, Methil and Ochilview - are in danger of being postponed because of freezing weather.

Full story: Daily Record

Hamilton Academical manager Billy Reid is so convinced his club's Division One meeting with Dumbarton will be postponed that he has already arranged a bounce game.

Full story: The Sun

Everton forward Steven Naismith is paying out of his own pocket for Christmas dinner for homeless people in Liverpool. The Scotland international is sponsoring the meal at the Whitechapel Centre, a charity that works with people sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland are poised for back-to-back summer rugby tours of South Africa in 2013 and 2014 ahead of their scheduled meeting with the Sprinboks at the 2015 World Cup.

Full story: The Scotsman

Glasgow Rocks coach Donald Robinson wants to head overseas next year but admits he must prove himself in the British Basketball League first.

Full story: The Sun