Tuesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

A breakaway meeting of more than six Scottish Premier League clubs unhappy at plans for a 10-team top flight will be held this week with a 14-team league on the agenda. (the Scotsman)

Leicester City have targeted Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra as manager Sven-Goran Eriksson looks to win promotion from the Championship next season. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa could target Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor should veteran Brad Friedel leave for Tottenham. (the Guardian)

Rangers are to open contract talks with Steven Whittaker in a bid to fend off interest from Turkish club Bursaspor. (Daily Express)

Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic says he would only consider leaving Ibrox for a major club like Manchester United. (Various)

Aberdeen have warned Derby County that they will report the English Championship club to world governing body Fifa if they refuse to pay £400,000 in compensation for Scotland striker Chris Maguire. (Various)

Frustrated Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez wants a move to another European club after failing to win a regular place at Celtic after his move from UNAM Pumas last summer. (Daily Express)

Celtic are poised to step up their interest in Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long after Reading lost to Swansea in the play-off to reach England's top flight. (Daily Express)

Reading owner John Madejski is not confident of preventing Celtic signing Shane Long but says the Championship club will be demanding £20m for the striker. (the Sun)

Celtic will have to pay £4m in order to persuade Reading to part with Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew wants to see Fraser Forster in pre-season training before deciding on the goalkeeper's future, despite Celtic's interest in retaining the player they had on loan. (Various)

Republic of Ireland international defender Darren O'Dea hopes he has a future of Celtic despite being sent out on loan to Championship clubs for the last two seasons and wants talks with manager Neil Lennon. (Various)

Scotland international Craig Mackail-Smith is a target for Everton, QPR, Wigan and Norwich, who have had a £2.5m bid for the striker who helped Peterborough United win promotion to the Championship. (Daily Express)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt says Scotland have the quality to qualify for Euro 2012 if Charlie Adam stops thinking he is Pele. (Various)

Barry Bannan, who was loaned out to Leeds United, says Scotland coach Craig Levein has warned him that he needs to be playing regularly with Aston Villa next season to win more international caps. (Various)

St Mirren are tracking midfielder Stephen Hughes, who is still under contract with Norwich City, and versatile wide man Jim Paterson, who has been released by Plymouth Argyle. (Various)

Dunfermline Athletic are hoping to bring Paul Gallacher back to East End Park, with the goalkeeper out of contract with St Mirren. (Various)

Dundee have signed striker Graham Bayne, who has returned to his former club after helping Dunfermline Athletic win promotion to the Scottish Premier League. (Various)

Dundee fear losing Gary Irvine to Inverness Caledonian Thistle or St Mirren as the defender has yet to accept the offer of a new contract. (Various)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have finally won their battle against former striker Marius Niculae's demand for a slice of his £400,000 transfer fee to Dinamo Bucharest after the Scottish courts threw out the Romanian's case. (Various)

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is favourite to take over from the sacked Dave Jones at Cardiff City. (the Herald)

The PFA Scotland union has drafted in specialist lawyers in an attempt to stop players being ripped off by unscrupulous agents. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland defender Christian Dailly is considering an offer of a new contract with Charlton Athletic as he is determined to continue playing at the age of 37. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter has continued his comeback from injury by helping Souths surprise title-chasing Manly 15-10 in the Sydney club championship. (Various)

Chairman Andy Irvine says a rebranded Celtic/Italian rugby league has lined up a new sponsor after the withdrawal by cider makers Magners. (the Herald)

Scottish racer Dario Franchitti has blamed his Ganassi team for costing him victory at the Indianapolis 500 after he was forced to slow down to conserve fuel. (Various)