Saturday's Scottish gossip


Coach Gordon Strachan insists Scotland will show even more respect to Sunday's opponents Gibraltar than they did to Germany earlier in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. (Sun - subscription required) 

Scotland defender Gordon Greer has warned that Gibraltar will not buckle easily at Hampden. (Scotsman) 

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law says the Ibrox side are the most hated team in Scotland as he asserts his belief that they will soon be challenging in the top flight. (Daily Record) 

Rangers players running out the tunnel at Ibrox

Law (centre) is confident Rangers will earn promotion

Meanwhile, interim chairman Paul Murray revealed the new directors at Ibrox are still waiting to see if shareholder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will appoint two of his men to the Rangers board. (Daily Mail) 

But Murray insists former chief executive Charles Green would not be welcome back at the club after the latter claimed he harboured hopes of a return. (Daily Express) 

Hibernian will not rush striker Farid El Alagui back into first-team action following his recovery from a snapped Achilles tendon. (Scotsman) 

But El Alagui is desperate to get back scoring for Hibs. (Daily Record) 

Hibernian striker Farid El Alagui

El Alagui last played for Hibs in August

Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle is not daunted by the promotion play-off hopefuls' run of games against Hearts, Hibernian, Rangers and Falkirk as he feels the Doonhamers have been punching above their weight all season. (Herald) 

And Queens boss Jamie Fowler is determined to spoil Scottish Championship winners Hearts' party at Tynecastle on Saturday. (Daily Record) 

Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland finally got one over on club-mate Adam Rooney by scoring twice on the international stage in Scotland Under-21s' win over Hungary earlier this week. Rooney, who has been a first-team regular at Pittodrie all season while Shankland has been a frequent substitute, has been overlooked by Republic of Ireland. (Herald) 

Chris Sutton says Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been such a successful signing for Celtic than no-one has noticed that Fraser Forster left the club at the start of the season. (Daily Record) 

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall

David Marshall is eager to be Scotland's first-choice goalkeeper

Meanwhile, Cardiff City stopper David Marshall is determined to be Scotland's number one after waiting years to be the preferred candidate. (Daily Record) 

Scotland's Euro 2016 group rivals Republic of Ireland are trying to fill injury gaps ahead of Sunday's qualifier against Poland in Dublin. (Herald) 


Edinburgh lock Ben Toolis is confident Edinburgh can end Scarlets' 15-month unbeaten home run in Llanelli on Saturday. (Herald)