Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is furious that former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie is trying to find an English club for Gregg Wylde after talks stalled over a new three-year contract for the young Ibrox winger. (the Sun)

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has told Rangers they can still have central defender Carlos Cuellar for £2m if they want him. (Daily Record)

Hungary defender Roland Juhasz has demanded showdown talks with Anderlecht after the Belgian club scuppered his £3.5m move to Rangers. (the Sun)

Liverpool and Scotland defender Danny Wilson says he would welcome the opportunity to return to Rangers on loan this season. (Various)

Matt McKay has pleaded for a work permit to allow his £325,000 switch from Brisbane Roar to Rangers to be completed in time for the midfielder to play in the Scottish champions' Europa League qualifier against Maribor on Thursday. (Daily Record)

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher is ready to play again after a long-term illness. (Daily Record)

Celtic's medical team have given Scott Brown the all clear to play this weekend after he was taken off injured during Scotland's midweek win over Denmark. (Daily Record)

Celtic are sweating over the fitness of Beram Kayal after the midfielder was stretchered off following a challenge by Didier Drogba during Israel's 4-3 defeat by Ivory Coast. (Various)

Sion have named five summer signings in their squad to face Celtic in their Europa League qualifier but might not be able to play them because of a transfer embargo imposed by the Swiss Football Association. (Various)

Motherwell will step up their hunt to sign new defenders after Steven Saunders was ruled out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury. (Daily Express)

Scotsman Martin Rennie has been named the new head coach of Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps after leading Carolina Railhawks to the NASL Conference title. (the Scotsman)

Defender Steven Smith, who was on loan to Aberdeen last season, is poised to be farmed out to Preston North End by Norwich City. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Boxer Willie Limond has welcomed the news that British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla has been told to fight him on 15 October or relinquish his title. (Daily Record)

Sandy Lyle is to make his Scottish Senior Open debut at Fairmont St Andrews next week. (Daily Express)

Glasgow Rocks have signed Canadian rookie forward Andrew Wedemire, previously of the University of Western Ontario. (Various)