Wednesday's Scottish Gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Ally McCoist reckons the standards set by legendary Ibrox bosses like Bill Struth, Scot Symon and Walter Smith have dipped over the last 18 months. (Various)

McCoist has urged chief executive Charles Green not to make any more cuts at what he regards as an already under-staffed club. (Various)

And McCoist insists the strains of being Rangers manager will never make him quit his role at Ibrox. (Various)

Celtic's Georgios Samaras is a target for Italian Serie A side Fiorentina after the Greek striker's eye-catching Champions League form. (Daily Record)

Partick Thistle midfielders Chris Erskine and Paul Paton will sign pre-contract deals with Dundee Utd after the Tannadice club's Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday. (Sun)

St Mirren winger Gary Teale is close to signing a new contract with St Mirren. (Daily Express)

New Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes will tell any out of contract player who doesn't wish to stay at Pittodrie that they won't feature again this season. (Sun)

English Championship side Huddersfield Town are one of several sides monitoring the progress of 17-year-old Queen's Park striker Aidan Connolly. (Daily Record)

Morton's French star Fouad Bachirou says former Newcastle midfielder Laurent Robert talked him out of quitting the game three years ago. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels says Everton won't get defender Mark O'Hara on the cheap after the Premier League side's reserve team coach David Weir came to watch the youngster play against Dundee. (Scotsman)