Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Hearts winger David Templeton hopes the incident in which Celtic manager Neil Lennon was attacked by a fan at Tynecastle will never be repeated, but he feels that Lennon's comments in the build-up to the match about teams not competing with Rangers added to the toxic atmosphere at Tynecastle. (The Scotsman)

Kilmarnock caretaker manager Kenny Shiels says the sectarian abuse in Scotland is worse than in his home city, Belfast. (The Sun)

Former Celtic striker John Hartson is concerned that the next person who runs on to the pitch could have a knife or a gun. (The Sun)

And Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand voiced similar fears. (Daily Star, Daily Express)

Ex-Celtic, Arsenal and Aberdeen goalscorer Charlie Nicholas maintains that Hearts should be kicked out of European competition for the breach of security at their ground. (Daily Express)

Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic claims he is a 15m euros target for Manchester United. (The Sun, Daily Star)

Former England defender Graham Roberts has contacted Alloa to register his interest in their managerial vacancy. (Herald, Daily Express)

Mixu Paatelainen has been named manager of the year by the Scottish football writers. (The Scotsman)

St Johnstone are considering a move for Dundee's 26-year-old striker Sean Higgins. (Daily Star)

Dundee United have opened talks with Middlesbrough midfielder Willo Flood about a return to Tannadice. (Daily Express)

United chairman Stephen Thompson has praised Peter Houston for guiding the team to fourth in the Scottish Premier League. (The Herald)


Glasgow lose out to French champions Clermont Auvergne in the race to sign promising Ayrshire teenager Mark Bennett. (The Scotsman)