Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers and Celtic are ready to battle it out for Scotland star James McFadden, who has nearing the end of his contract at Birmingham. (Daily Express)

Kenny Shiels has verbally agreed to become the new manager of Kilmarnock and wants Cowdenbeath boss Jimmy Nicholl as his assistant. (Daily Express)

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been heavily criticised by Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni for saying he is too tired to play for his country. (Various)

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall says Celtic skipper Scott Brown should be ashamed for suggesting his side played dirty in the Scottish Cup final. (Various)

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has warned striker David Healy not to sign on again at Rangers and risk becoming a bit-part player. (Sun)

Leicester are ready to meet Aberdeen's £200,000 compensation claim for out-of-contract winger Sone Aluko. (Daily Mail)

Kilmarnock have thrown out Derby's offer of £300,000 for captain Craig Bryson, while Watford and Brighton are also interested in the midfielder. (Daily Express)

Midfielder Beram Kayal insists he wants to stay with Celtic next season. (Daily Record)

But frozen out Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez is set to quit Celtic over the summer. (Daily Express)

Adam Matthews, the Cardiff full-back on his way to Celtic, hopes to make the same kind of impact in Glasgow as compatriot Gareth Bale has done at Spurs. (Various)

MLS side Houston Dynamo have made an improved offer for soon-to-be-out-of-contract Hibs forward Derek Riordan. (Daily Record)

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood has revealed that he is closing in on landing a new striker. (Various)

St Mirren have offered Darren McGregor a new one-year extension to his contract. (Sun)

And Ryan O'Leary is expected to agree a new two-year deal with Kilmarnock. (Sun)

Dunfermline aim to snap up midfielder Paul Burns, formerly with Queen of the South, on a two-year deal. (Various)

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley wants the SPL to reintroduce play-offs to help First Division clubs stave off financial meltdown. (Daily Record)