Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Steven Naismith says he will continue to battle against Rangers' action to sue him for breach of contract after the Scotland forward left for Everton following the Ibrox club's sale to Charles Green's consortium.

Full story: Daily Mail

Everton forward Steven Naismith says he has no intention of taking former club Rangers to an industrial tribunal as part of a PFA Scotland action against the Ibrox outfit over the transfer of contracts to Charles Green's ruling consortium during the summer.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers chief executive Charles Green says the Ibrox club will not join a second division of the Scottish Premier League while it continues its investigation into alleged dual contracts by the previous administration and threatens to withdraw titles.

Full story: The Sun

Italian club Spezia have confirmed that Dorin Goian will return to Rangers in January as the Serie B outfit's sporting director, Nelso Ricci, has not been impressed by the Romania defender during his loan.

Full story: Evening Times

Arbroath midfielder Steven Doris cannot believe referee Craig Donaldson ruled out what would have been an equaliser by himself against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, following an alleged push on goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Full story: Daily Record

Dundee United manager Peter Houston is confident of extending Czech midfielder Rudi Skacel's contract, which ends in January, until the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Record

Peter Houston says he will sign a contract extension as Dundee United manager - as long as he is not asked to take a pay cut.

Full story: The Sun

Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph believes the break up of the current squad at the end of the season is inevitable with himself, Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon and Nicky Law among those out of contract.

Full story: Daily Record

The lights could soon literally be turned out on Dunfermline Athletic, with an overdue electricity bill the latest debt to be piled on to the First Division club struggling to pay a tax bill.

Full story: The Herald

Dunfermline Athletic chairman John Yorkston is hopeful that the club's problem with delayed wages will be alleviated in a matter of weeks.

Full story: Daily Record

Morton are angry after the Scottish FA refused to move their Scottish Cup replay from Monday evening until Saturday 22 December, when the Cappielow side have a free weekend and believe a better crowd would be guaranteed.

Full story: The Scotsman

Former Motherwell youth coach John Jofre is the new manager of Manila Nomads, the oldest club in the Phillipines.

Full story: InterAKTV

OTHER GOSSIP

Olympic middle-distance runner Lynsey Sharp has hit out at the lack of athletic facilities in Scotland after she was forced to train in a public park, having been told she couldn't use the track at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh for health and safety reasons because of wintry conditions.

Full story: Daily Record

A dispute with television companies, unhappy at replacement Jose Ocampo's lowly boxing ranking of 14, was behind the Filipino's withdrawal from his world lightweight title fight against champion Ricky Burns.

Full story: The Herald

Former British champion Derry Mathews says he had no choice but to turn down the chance to fight Ricky Burns as a late replacement on Saturday because he had only four days to prepare - but hopes to take on the Scot in a non-title fight next year.

Full story: Daily Record

Interim head coach Scott Johnson is the players' choice to lead Scotland into the Six Nations campaign after the departure of Andy Robinson.

Full story: The Herald

Vikki Laing, who has slipped 62 spots to 121st on this year's money list, today begins her attempt to retain her European Tour card and is joined by fellow Scots Heather MacRae, Pamila Feggans, Katy McNicoll and Kelsey MacDonald at the qualifying school.

Full story: The Scotsman

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