Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers are preparing a £1.5m summer move for 24-year-old Macedonia striker Ivan Trickovski, presently with APOEL Nicosia in the Cypriot league. (the Sun)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra is more likely to seek a lucrative contract in Qatar than accept any offer to join Queens Park Rangers should they return to England's top-flight. (the Herald)

Walter Smith hopes to secure the services of Kyle Bartley, the defender who impressed on loan from Arsenal, for next season before standing down as Rangers manager. (Daily Express)

Vladimir Weiss's father has ruled out the possibility of the winger returning to Rangers on loan from Manchester City next season, with Vladimir senior targetting a move to Spain for his son. Daily Express)

Craig Whyte's takeover bid for Rangers suffered another setback when chairman Alastair Johnston revealed that the board of directors are still not satisfied he has the cash to move the club forward. (Daily Record)

Rangers directors are set to give their permission but not their approval to Craig Whyte's takeover bid for the club, effectively washing their hands of responsibility and leaving the decision to current owner Sir David Murray. Whyte's camp are confident of taking the controlling interest from Murray within 48 hours. (Daily Mail)

A further, key meeting will take place today between current owner Sir David Murray and advisors to Craig Whyte, whose takeover of Rangers could be finalised within 24 hours despite the businessman appearing to backtrack on his pledge to invest £5m per year on new players. (the Times)

Celtic have privately urged Uefa to intervene in the sectarianism debate in Scottish football with the hope of making the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Premier League more forceful in tackling the problem. (the Times)

In private correspondence with the Scottish Football Association, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has insisted that his club does not have a sectarianism problem in a clear effort to distance them from the current difficulties being faced by Old Firm rivals Rangers. (the Times)

Israel international Beram Kayal says he wants to remain with Celtic next season, despite stories linking the midfielder with top English clubs after a successful first season in Scottish football. (Various)

Celtic striker Gary Hooper has been named in England's provisional squad for the Under-21 European Championship finals in June. (Daily Record)

Aarhus say they cannot match Celtic's asking price for their former striker, Morten Rasmussen, who is on loan with Danish rivals Aalborg. (Daily Record)

David Robertson has rejected a new contract with Dundee United and the midfielder is poised to sign for Scottish Premier League rivals St Johnstone as he wishes a new challenge. (Various)

On-loan Momo Sissoko is keen to impress against Celtic and Rangers as parent club Udinese are to send a scout to monitor his progress as he contemplates a summer move to England, extending his stay with Kilmarnock or winning a place in the Italian side's first-team squad. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock will run the rule over two Brazilian trialists and eight other free agents in a bounce game against Hamilton Accies today. (Daily Mail)

Cardiff City have denied online claims by some fans that Scotland full-back Kevin McNaughton deliberately pushed to the ground Sian Massey, the assistant referee who was the subject of sexist remarks that led to Andy Gray and Richard Keys losing their jobs with Sky Sports, during Monday's defeat by Middlesbrough. (the Sun)

Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan has cut short his loan spell with Leeds United and returned to Aston Villa because he was frustrated sitting on the substitutes' bench. (Various)

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says he wants the final say on all future transfer deals and that is believed to be the reason behind the delay in owner John W Henry giving the Scot the Anfield managerial post on a permanent basis. (the Sun)

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is set to be given the freedom of the city after the club's back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)


Andy Murray will have to rely on best friend Dani Vallverdu for coaching advice against Gilles Simon at the Madrid Open as Darren Cahill and Sven Groeneveld are unable to help him against another Adidas player. (Various)

Chris Gilmour will become the third generation of the city boxing dynasty to stage a show at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on 3 June, when former Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Wilie Limond is poised to return to the ring. (Daily Record)

Elliot Saltman will make his comeback on the European Tour tomorrow at the Spanish Open in Barcelona following his three-month ban for incorrectly marking his ball. (Daily Express)

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