Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Lionel Messi, Joe Garner, Shay Logan, Jonny Gray

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"Our next game against Celtic is an important one - and we must be ruthless" - an ominous warning from Barcelona's Lionel Messi, smarting from the Catalans' Champions League defeat by Manchester City. (Daily Record)

Manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping for a large slice of the Champions League income coming Celtic's way. The Scottish champions will earn a minimum of £26m as they are due 10% of UK broadcasting revenue, plus gate receipts and cash for points. (Daily Mail)

Brendan Rodgers believes more rising stars in the mould of Moussa Dembele can be lured to Celtic after seeing the French striker flourish. (Daily Mail)

Rodgers acknowledges that it will be hard to stop other clubs trying to sign his best players, such as Dembele, but he says the key to continued success is to have ready-made replacements waiting in the wings. (Herald)

Former Scottish Football Association president and Fifa official John McBeth dismisses fears that Scotland could be deducted points for wearing poppies on armbands in the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on Armistice Day. (Herald)

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon speaks to midfielder John McGinn
John McGinn could fly back to Edinburgh straight after Scotland's match against England at Wembley

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright asserts that Fifa are "basically a law unto themselves at times" and that they need to take a "reality check" on their warning that Scotland and England players should not wear poppies. (Courier)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson feels it is a only a matter of time before Wright lands a job in English football. (Daily Record)

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon may ask midfielder John McGinn to play against Falkirk the day after his possible involvement in Scotland's match against England at Wembley. Lennon says: "The situation is not ideal but it is doable. We're obviously very pleased he's been called into the squad but we've not got enough players away to get the game called off."(Sun)

Former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson believes the English players are "so arrogant" that they probably didn't notice that Celtic captain Scott Brown had previously retired from international football. (Daily Record)

With three goals in his nine appearances for Rangers since moving from Preston North End in August for £1.8m, striker Joe Garner says he will do everything he can to hit the target of 20 goals, the tally once suggested by former Rangers striker Kris Boyd as the "going rate" for an Old Firm forward. (Daily Mail)

Joe Garner signed from Preston North End
Joe Garner signed for Rangers in the summer from Preston North End

Garner describes the game in Scotland as "a totally different style of football to what I've been playing for the last four years". He is confident that he is improving his sharpness every day and, to that end, his focus is entirely on his work. "I stay in, I don't go out. I'm on the outskirts of the city, so I leave them all to it," he says. (Sun)

Right-back James Tavernier is happy to play in a more attacking role for Rangers if required, as Lee Hodson is capable of filling in on the right side of defence. (National)

Partick Thistle's 6ft 6in goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has every sympathy for injured team-mate Ryan Scully but says he cannot hide his joy at the chance at being able to play. (National)

Aberdeen full-back Shay Logan warns Rangers that the Dons are not prepared to give up runners-up spot, a position they have held for the past two seasons in the Premiership, without a fight. (Sun)

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have joined the top clubs in England in watching Rangers' Billy Gilmour. The Catalan giants sent their top youth talent spotter to watch the 15-year-old play for Scotland Under-16s six weeks ago. (Daily Record)


Scotland's 22-year-old lock Jonny Gray turned down a chance to join Toulon to stay with Glasgow Warriors, according to L'Equipe. The sports daily reports that the Warriors co-captain had visited Toulon but decided against a move to France, where his brother Richie plays for Toulouse. (Scotsman)

Emily Maguire retires from international hockey after playing in two Commonwealth Games for Scotland and in the London 2012 Olympics for Great Britain. (Herald)