Scottish Gossip: Griffiths wants Scotland place, United want Wright

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic's in-form striker Leigh Griffiths, on target against Hamilton on Sunday, felt he had to score because his rivals for the role up front with Scotland in Thursday's match against Poland had all scored on Saturday - Chris Martin, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher were all on target. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila warns stuttering Aberdeen that they are breathing down their necks at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Sunday's 2-1 win at New Douglas Park leaves Celtic one point adrift of the Dons. (Various)

Hamilton scorer Gramoz Kurtaj says the disappointment felt in the home dressing room at Accies' first home defeat of the season shows the standards they set themselves. (Daily Record)

Ronny Deila and Leigh Griffiths
Ronny Deila was impressed at the way Leigh Griffiths hung in the air to head home Celtic's second goal against Hamilton

Deila has backed Griffiths to start for Scotland, saying his timing in the air is "fantastic" and that "he can score all types of goals". (Various)

Kevin McDonald is out of the Scotland squad after suffering a back injury playing for Wolves, but better news for manager Gordon Strachan is that Darren Fletcher has recovered from a knock sustained while playing for West Brom on Saturday. (Daily Express)

Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski believes Robert Lewandowski, who scored twice for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund in a 5-1 win on Sunday, is "the best striker in the world" and "an inspiration to every Polish footballer". (Daily Record)

St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown does not want to encourage Dundee United's interest in the club's manager, Tommy Wright. The Perth side will not even contemplate allowing United to speak to the Northern Irishman unless a compensation deal is agreed in advance. (Various)

Blair Cowan
Blair Cowan tackled ferociously and carried the ball well against the Springboks

Rangers' free-scoring full-back James Tavernier, citing last year's Chelsea side as an example, says sometimes "you have to win ugly" and that it "brings out the champions". (Various)

Defender Efe Ambrose, suspended for Celtic's match on Sunday, has been called up to the Nigeria squad for their matches next week against Cameroon and Congo. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland have been given a Rugby World Cup boost ahead of Saturday afternoon's crunch match against Samoa as it appears Finn Russell, John Hardie and Stuart Hogg will all be fit in time. (Daily Mail)

Scotland flanker Blair Cowan, who impressed against South Africa, says that if the team can make it through to the last eight of the competition his preference would be to avoid "exceptional" Australia and instead play Wales for a semi-final spot. (Scotsman)

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen won the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, and pocketed a winner's cheque for £523,000, eight months after having surgery to fix a serious hand injury. (Daily Express)