Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip


Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson has walked out on Hearts, telling the club he is no longer willing to play for the Tynecastle club. (Sun)

Celtic aim to pinch Dundee United's Scott Allan from under the noses of Rangers. (Various)

But Allan is set to snub both halves of the Old Firm to join West Brom. (Sun)

Morten Rasmussen will hold talks about his future with Celtic after returning from his loan spell at Sivasspor. (Various)

Newcastle have placed Celtic's Victor Wanyama on a list of potential targets. (Mail)

And CSKA Moscow may trump Celtic's move for Maritimo's Baba Diawara by making a £4m offer for the striker. (Express)

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has given his backing to the possibility of Nikica Jelavic leaving Rangers but insists Celtic would be the biggest winners in such a scenario. (Record)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown insists Peter Pawlett is no diver, despite the club deciding against an appeal following his two-match ban for simulation. (Sun)

Hibernian's Ivan Sproule will be asked to explain his recent criticism of referee Craig Thomson by the Scottish FA's compliance officer and the winger could end up with a ban. (Various)

And Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre will find out today if he will have to serve a touchline ban after criticising official Steve Conroy. (Record)

But Pars chairman John Yorkston insists McIntyre has done nothing wrong. (Express)

Meanwhile, the SFA have been urged to ditch their new disciplinary system by the English FA's first compliance officer Graham Been, who also says the Scots should not have appointed Vincent Lunny as their compliance officer due to the latter having no background in football. (Sun)

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has opened talks aimed at keeping CSKA Sofia striker Cillian Sheridan at McDiarmid Park beyond his current loan spell, which ends in January. (Various)

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour feels next season's Scottish Premier League should begin earlier than the 4 August date set by the league. (Herald)


Chris Paterson, who has retired from international rugby, admits his standing as Scotland's most capped rugby player and highest points scorer means an awful lot to him, despite his previous insistence that records did not matter. (Sun)

And Paterson says he would not have lasted 12 years in the international game if he had continued playing in his boyhood position of stand-off. (Scotsman)

Meanwhile, Paterson has been tipped for a coaching role by Gregor Townsend. (Mail)