Scottish Gossip: Alloa, Celtic, Joey Barton, Aberdeen, Perry Kitchen – BBC News

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Alloa manager Jack Ross feels Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon should have been sent off for his high challenge outside the box on striker Greig Spence. (Various)

Speaking of the incident after Celtic’s hard-fought 2-0 win, Spence says it’s “a different rule for goalkeepers” when it comes to challenges, but adds: “He took me out quite aggressively but you don’t want to see people sent off.” (Various)

At the London launch of his autobiography, Rangers midfielder Joey Barton says he hopes to get the chance to play in a few more Old Firm matches. And he quips: “Do I choose to walk round Glasgow? The Queen can’t go to Glastonbury because she is the Queen.” (Various)

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Referee Alan Muir shows Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon a yellow card for his high challenge on Greig Spence

The 34-year-old admitted “everything is harder” than he thought it would be at Rangers. He says he had never been called a dud before his troubled time at Ibrox. (Various)

Barton cancelled a “meet-and-greet” book-signing event at WH Smith in Glasgow over fears for his safety. (Sun)

Andy Halliday feels being made captain of Rangers for the Betfred Cup quarter-final against Queen of the South was the proudest moment of his career. (Various)

Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks warns Aberdeen that confidence is high in the squad ahead of the trip to Pittodrie on Sunday. (Sun)

Extra police have been drafted in for the match between Aberdeen and Rangers, with roads, train stations and the stadium receiving extra patrols, and pubs and known trouble-makers to be targeted by officers as they seek to extinguish any trouble as the clubs meet for the first time in more than four years. (Sun)

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Former chairman Michael Johnston is in no hurry to cut his ties with Kilmarnock

Ahead of St Johnstone’s trip to play Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup last eight on Thursday evening, St Johnstone winger Danny Swanson says Dons manager Derek McInnes has “done wonders” to get James Maddison on loan from Norwich City. Swanson jokes that he wasn’t happy with Maddison because he replaced him as the number 10 at Coventry City. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright may play 19-year-old Aaron Comrie against the Dons, with Dave Mackay retired, Richard Foster cup tied and Keith Watson and Tam Scobbie injured. (Various)

Kilmarnock directors offer former chairman Michael Johnston £1.9m to immediately cut his ties with the club. Johnston wants to sell his 40% stake but only if he can remain for three more years. (Daily Mail)

Scotland defender Alan Hutton could be offloaded by Aston Villa in the January transfer window. He is out of contract at the end of the season and is now the club’s third-choice right-back. (Sun)

Hutton’s Scotland team-mate Steven Naismith says that the warm reception he got at Goodison Park as he helped Norwich to a 2-0 League Cup win over his former club Everton was a very special moment. (Sun)

After five years at Tannadice, Morton’s Irish defender Gavin Gunning feels let down by the Dundee United fans booing him during the Ton’s 2-1 win on Tuesday evening, which took them in to the Betfred Cup semi-finals. (Various)

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John Sutton feels he and the other St Mirren players are to blame for Alex Rae’s sacking as manager

Former Morton favourite Andy Ritchie hopes the current team won’t freeze in their last-four tie like his Ton team did against Aberdeen in their 1979-80 League Cup semi at Hampden. (Daily Mail)

Hearts’ American midfielder Perry Kitchen says Alim Ozturk was quick to congratulate him on becoming the new club captain, even though it places the Turk’s Tynecastle future in doubt. (Various)

St Mirren striker John Sutton describes as “pathetic” the team’s record of three draws and three defeats in the Championship this season and feels that Alex Rae paid the price for the players’ failure by being sacked. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Mike Blair says the team will have to pay particular attention to Charles Piutau, Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar when unbeaten Ulster visit Scotstoun in the Pro12 on Friday. (Scotsman)

Flanker-turned-hooker-turned-tighthead Kevin Bryce, now at Edinburgh, claims being a hooker is like “sitting in an armchair” compared to the physical toil of being a prop. (Scotsman)

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