Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The possibility of an Atlantic League involving Celtic, Rangers, other Scottish clubs and outfits from the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Belgium is back on the agenda after positive indications from Uefa president Michel Platini, the governing body having previously been opposed to the idea. (Sunday Herald)

Maor Melikson's agent says Celtic have made a move for Wisla Krakow's Israeli midfielder but admits that many clubs are interested in the 27-year-old. (the Sun)

Former Rangers owner Sir David Murray says selling to Craig Whyte was his one mistake and says he was duped into doing a deal with the man who took the club into administration. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers' administrator could have been forced to sack 20 players on Friday had not the first-team squad agreed to accept wage cuts of up to 75%. (the Sun)

Former director Paul Murray's Blue Knights consortium is no longer the front runner to buy Rangers, with a bidder from the Far East appearing to take pole position for the administration-hit Scottish champions. (Sunday Mail)

Paul Murray's Blue Knights and Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy will have to fight off challenges from Singapore and the American continent if their bids for Rangers are to be successful. (Sunday Times)

The Scottish Football Association is set to appoint top lawyer Andrew McKinlay as its head of governance to ensure clubs give full disclosure of their financial dealings and ownership. (Sunday Mail)

A friendly at Ibrox against Hamburg is poised to be the first major money-spinning venture spawned by a new fighting fund established to give fans the chance to help Rangers. (Mail on Sunday)

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has confirmed he wants to sign Gregg Wylde, the winger who agreed to leave Rangers because of the administrators' cost-cutting, but only for next season. (Sunday Express)

Most of Motherwell's players have given cash help to the Well Society, which is £50,000 short of the £250,000 it needs to procure for the fans half of the 75% shareholding gifted back to the club by former owner John Boyle last year. (Mail on Sunday)

Dundee United defender Paul Dixon, who is out of contract in the summer, is eyeing a move to English football. (Various)

Dundee United manager Peter Houston has challenged full-back Paul Dixon to star against Celtic today to win a summer move to England. (the Sun)

Rangers' administrator has no intention of handing over £70,000 owed to Dundee Untied for their February Scottish Cup tie, despite the Scottish Football Association threatening to throw the club out of next season's competition. (the Sun)

Dunfermline Athletic will meet Stewart Regan to demand compensation for the late postponement of their December game against Kilmarnock, but the Scottish Football Association chief executive has already denied responsibility. (Sunday Mail)

Dunfermline Athletic claim they lost £50,000 in revenue when their match against Kilmarnock was postponed because of fog in December. (the Sun)

Norwich City striker Grant Holt has failed in a bid to find Scottish ancenstry to join team-mate Russell Martin in Craig Levein's national squad. (Mail on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland attack coach Gregor Townsend will leave the national set-up at the end of the season and take over as Glasgow Warriors' head coach, with Sean Lineen understood to be in discussions with Scottish Rugby about other roles he can fill. (Scotland on Sunday)

Ricky Burns says the power of Paulus Moses' punches left him with a dead arm as the Scot retained his world lightweight title. (the Sun)

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