Paper Talk: MacDonald backs Hearts kid Hamilton | Blow for Rangers keeper

Jamie MacDonald, right, trained with Jack Hamilton at Hearts. Pic: SNS
Jamie MacDonald, right, trained with Jack Hamilton at Hearts. Pic: SNS
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Here’s what’s making the back pages of this morning’s newspapers in Scotland ...

• Ex-Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald has backed former team-mate Jack Hamilton to make the No.1 spot his own at Tynecastle. “I trained a lot with him,” said the Falkirk stopper. “He was an excellent young talent – ability-wise he is fantastic. He has a right good chance of being a top, top goalkeeper. If he keeps playing well then he can make the jersey his own.” (various)

• Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell may miss the next three months of the season after he dislocated his shoulder at the weekend. Bell missed out as Rangers thrashed Clyde 8-1 at Ibrox in the Petrofac Training Cup second round, with Kris Boyd netting a hat-trick. (Sun)

• Celtic hope to complete the signing of Ghanaian international winger Mubarak Wasako on loan from Rubin Kazan today. Meanwhile, the Hoops’ winger Derk Boerrigter has accepted his two-match ban for diving against St Johnstone last week. (various)

• Legia Warsaw have lost their 11th-hour bid to be reinstated into the Champions League at the expense of Celtic after the Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out their appeal over the ineligible fielding of substitute Bartosz Bereszynski. (various)

• Hull City and Scotland international midfielder Robert Snodgrass has dislocated his knee-cap and is facing up to four months on the sidelines. (Sun)

• Dundee have scrapped plans to send 17-year-old sensation Craig Wighton on loan after he scored in the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle. “Craig won’t be going out on loan now, I’ve changed my mind on that,” said Dees manager Paul Hartley. “He’s as good a young player I’ve seen at that age.” (various)

• Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stressed that the competitive edge of playing in the Champions League far outweighs the financial implications of qualifications for him. The Gunners are in Istanbul tonight in the first leg of their play-off tie with Besiktas. (various)

• Falkirk defender Will Vaulks says that Dunfermline will feel the wrath tonight in the Petrofac Training Cup after they failed to capitalise on the pressure they created against Rangers on Friday. “We missed a few chances and it was hard to watch them go by,” he said. “This game gives us a chance to put a few things right.” (various)

• Scottish referee Craig Thomson is on Champions League duty this week. He will officiate tomorrow night’s play-off tie between Standard Liege and Zenit St Petersburg. (Daily Express)

• Cowdenbeath midfielder Sammy Stewart is expected to miss six weeks of the season after injuring his groin. “It’s disappointing news for Sammy as he was starting the season in fine form,” said Blue Brazil boss Jimmy Nicholl. (Daily Express)

• Manchester United are set to offer Nani and cash to Sporting Lisbon as they bid to sign the Portuguese club’s Argentinian left-back Marcos Rojo. (Mirror)