Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Defender Madjid Bougherra sends Rangers a letter to tell them he is leaving - he hopes to buy out the last year of his contract using the Webster Ruling. (Scotland on Sunday, News of the World)

Scottish football referees want a 25% increase in their £800 match fee for Scottish Premier League matches, but some club chairmen do not want to pay that much because it is more than some players earn. (Sunday Mail)

Duncan Ferguson has been working towards his coaching badges at Largs so that he can open football academies in Majorca, where he has lived for the past five years. (News of the World)

Hearts defender Danny Grainger wants to push himself to see what he can achieve at his new club. (Scotland on Sunday)

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre is in a race to be fit for next season after suffering a hamstring injury. (News of the World)

A 16-team SPL would result in a shortfall of £20m in income to be split between SPL and Scottish Football League clubs. (Scotland on Sunday)

Preston are interested in bringing 39-year-old defender Graham Alexander back to the club. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland manager Craig Levein reckons the team has a better chance of reaching the finals of Euro 2012 because of the number of squad members playing in the Premier League in England. (News of the World)

Hibs captain Ian Murray, 30, reveals that he would like to move into coaching when he retires from playing. (Sunday Mail)

Levein, meanwhile, warns that a 14-team SPL would not produce better players. (Sunday Mail)

Former St Mirren captain John Potter says it would be hard not to feel a grudge against his old club for the way the board changed its mind about offering him a new contract. (News of the World)

Midfielder Stephen Hughes could be on his way back to Motherwell now that it looks like he is not in Paul Lambert's plans for Norwich in the Premier League. (News of the World)