Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor says he wants to stay at Ibrox after Rangers offered him a bumper six-year contract. (the Sun)

Craig Whyte's takeover of Rangers could be delayed by five more days because London's Stock Exchange will be closed due to the Royal Wedding. (Daily Record)

Craig Whyte wants to finalise a £33m takeover of Rangers before London's Stock Market closes at 4pm today because of the Royal Wedding. (the Sun)

Rangers will not be allowed to speak at the Uefa control and disciplinary body in Switzerland as it today considers charges of sectarian singing against the Scottish champions' fans and the club will have to rely on written submissions. (the Herald)

Rangers could be able to delay any Uefa fine and ban on their fans for sectarian singing by a season if they appeal against today's decision by European football's governing body as far as the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (Daily Mail)

Vladimir Weiss, who has been on loan to Rangers from Manchester City, could team up with his father at Spartak Moscow or Dynamo Moscow after Vladimir Snr, currently Slovakia coach, was tipped to move to Russian football. (Daily Record)

Celtic have pinpointed Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long as their number one transfer target, with the 24-year-old poised to leave Reading should they fail to win promotion to England's Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Italian midfielder Massimo Donati, who quit Celtic for Serie A outfit Bari in 2009, would like to return to the Glasgow club. (Various)

Celtic's hopes of taking goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan again from Newcastle next season has improved after Tim Krul vowed to remain with the English club. (the Times)

West Ham will approach Martin O'Neill again to replace Avram Grant as manager but have identified Norwich City's Scottish boss, Paul Lambert, as an alternative. (Daily Express)

Raith Rovers' John McGlynn has emerged as the biggest threat to caretaker Kenny Shiels' hopes of becoming Kilmarnock manager on a permanent basis. (the Sun)

Stirling Albion have announced that Jocky Scott, with John Blackley as assistant, will remain manager of the relegated side next season. (Various)

Former East Stirlingshire owner Spencer Fearn is to return to rescue the Third Division club after crippling debts threatened their future. (the Sun)


Two of Scotland's famous golf clubs, St Andrews and Muirfield, could finally allow women members in moves sparked by the Equality Act 2010. (the Sun)

Scotland international Nathan Hines says he was forced to leave Leinster for Clermont-Auvergne because his good form was blocking the development of homegrown Irish talent. (Various)