Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Rangers' Madjid Bougherra has blamed Russian referee Vladislav Bezborodov for the Ibrox club's Champions League qualifying defeat by Malmo in which the Algerian and fellow defender Steven Whittaker were sent off. (Various)

New Hearts manager Paulo Sergio has warned owner Vladimir Romanov to stay out of first-team affairs. (Various)

Lithuania midfielder Marius Zaliukas says Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has demanded that they deliver the Scottish Premier League title under new manager Paulo Sergio. (Various)

Brighton manager Gus Poyet is unhappy that striker Craig Makail-Smith has been chosen in Scotland's squad to face Denmark in next week's friendly and will miss the first day of the Championship season in England. (Various)

The meeting to decide on Scotland's World Cup qualifying fixtures has been delayed until November. (Various)

Celtic defender Darren O'Dea has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan. (the Sun)

Livingston have landed a five-figure windfall after Joe McKee, who left for Burnley two years ago on a scholarship, earned a professional contract with the Clarets. (Various)

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has rejected reports that he is interested in Crawley Town's former Dunfermline Athletic winger Willie Gibson. (Various)

Barry Ferguson is expected to be appointed the new captain of Blackpool after the Scottish midfielder's summer move from Birmingham. (the Scotsman)

Argentine defender Santiago Aloi, who was with Liberia Mia in Costa Rica, is on trial with Falkirk. (Various)


Josh Grajczonek will not race again this season for Glasgow Tigers after the Australian speedway rider broke a bone in his thigh in June but says he could return for another campaign. (the Sun)

Fife Flyers have signed Great Britain defenceman Kyle Horne from Elite League rivals Edinburgh Capitals. (Daily Express)

Injury-hit 400m runner Gemma Nicol will end her season early in a last-ditch attempt to be fit for next year's Olympics. (the Sun)