Scottish Gossip: Zelalem at Ibrox, Strachan back Griffiths

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Arsenal's American prospect Gedion Zelalem will be at Ibrox for the Sunday lunchtime match between Rangers and Hibernian and is expected to complete a loan move to Rangers on Monday. (Sunday Express)

Zelalem, 19, who was wanted by Fulham and Birmingham, has signed until January. (Sunday Mail)

Former Hearts midfielder Jason Holt believes his current Rangers team is capable of running away with the Championship title, just as the Jambos did last season. (Sunday Express)

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths turned down the chance to be rested against Dundee United on Saturday. (Various)

Griffiths's team-mate Callum McGregor is a £350,000 signing target for English Championship side Rotherham United. (Sun on Sunday)

Callum McGregor celebrates scoring for Celtic against Dundee United
Callum McGregor celebrates scoring for Celtic against Dundee United

National team boss Gordon Strachan says Griffiths has "dragged himself back into the Scotland reckoning". Strachan names his squad on Monday for the qualifiers against Georgia and Germany. (Sun on Sunday, Mail on Sunday)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says his table-topping team is a long way behind the Hearts side that made it into the Champions League qualifiers almost a decade ago. (Mail on Sunday)

New signing Scott Allan calls the reception he got from the Celtic fans when he came to make his debut at Tannadice "different class". (Mail on Sunday)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says he is not going to press the panic button after a 3-1 defeat by Ronny Deila's side left the Terrors with four wins in 23 games. (Sunday Mail)

Following last week's brouhaha over comments by Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland that Celtic were like "pigs" in their Champions League qualifier, the Swedes' manager Age Hareide said he disagreed with the goalie's assessment. Wiland, meanwhile, believes the issue became "blown up" and that his remarks were "taken the wrong way". (Sun on Sunday)

Islam Feruz hopes to be considered for Scotland Under-21s again
Islam Feruz hopes to be considered for Scotland Under-21s again

Jason Denayer, who was on loan at Celtic last season from Manchester City, is on the brink of a move to Marseille. (Sunday Mail)

Chelsea's 19-year-old striker Islam Feruz describes as untrue some of the reports that he did not want to play for Scotland, the country he moved to from Somalia when he was 10. He says he has told manager Ricky Sbragia that he is hoping for a call-up to the Scotland Under-21s. (Sunday Mail)

Steven MacLean reckons the ribbing he has been taking from his dad about his poor scoring return for St Johnstone was what motivated him to score twice against Motherwell on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Celtic target David James insists the club must get past Malmo and reach the group stages of the Champions League if they hope to attract the best players. (Mail on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh judoka Sally Conway says she is in almost perfect shape now that her injury worries are behind her as she prepares for the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in the coming week. (Sunday Herald)

Head coach Vern Cotter describes Scotland's performance in the Rugby World Cup 16-12 warm-up win in Turin as a "mixed bag". (Mail on Sunday)