FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Scotsman Steve Evans is targeting a quick return to management with either Dundee United or Motherwell after leaving English Championship side Rotherham on Monday.

(Daily Express) 

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre insists he does not want to be United’s next manager.

(Sun) 

And former Falkirk and Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has told United he is not interested in taking over from Jackie McNamara.

(Daily Record) 

Steven Pressley and Jim McIntyre

Pressley and McIntyre are not keen on taking up the Dundee United vacancy

Meanwhile, ex-Fir Park player Mitchell van der Gaag has ruled himself out of the Motherwell vacancy.

(Sun) 

Dundee United agreed compensation with McNamara and his backroom staff in the region of £180,000 following their dismissal over the weekend.

(Times – subscription required) 

Jackie McNamara snr has branded the sacking of his son by United chairman Stephen Thompson as “abysmal”.

(Sun) 

Striker Carlton Cole, 31, is holding off signing for Celtic in the hope of sealing a big-money deal with a club in Qatar, the Englishman having trained with the Scottish champions this month.

(Daily Express) 

Fenerbahce are in turmoil ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Celtic in Glasgow with coach Vitor Pereira and striker Robin van Persie at loggerheads.

(Sun) 

Galatasaray striker Robin van Persie

Van Persie joined Galatasaray from Manchester United this summer

Celtic coach John Kennedy has warned the club’s defenders they cannot afford to write off Van Persie.

(Daily Mail) 

But ex-Rangers defender Arthur Numan believes Celtic are facing the Turkish side at the perfect time.

(Daily Record) 

Former Rangers striker Marco Negri is confident Martyn Waghorn can surpass his scoring streak of the late 1990s. Negri netted 33 times in his first 26 matches for the club while Waghorn has been on target 14 times in 13 games since moving to Ibrox.

(Herald) 

RUGBY GOSSIP

There is no word yet as to who will be called up to replace Grant Gilchrist after the lock forward was ruled out of the remainder of Scotland’s Rugby World Cup campaign with a groin injury.

(Times -subscription required) 

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell

Finn Russell may miss Scotland’s next game

However, the news on Finn Russell’s ankle injury is more positive with the fly-half being continually assessed in the run-up to Sunday’s meeting with South Africa.

(Herald) 

Scotland will know within the next 24 hours whether Russell’s tournament is over.

(Daily Mail) 

Russell is a major doubt to face the Springboks.

(Sun)