Friday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brian Kennedy is on the verge of joining up with Paul Murray to force through a joint bid to take control of Rangers but the pair will proceed without any financial backing from Ticketus. (Daily Record)

Sandy Jardine says Rangers fans will meet this weekend to discuss boycotting away matches in protest at rival Scottish Premier League clubs' plans to impose new sanctions on the Ibrox club. (Various)

Rangers forward Sone Aluko is expected to reject a lucrative offer to join Swiss club Sion. (Daily Record)

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith insists owner Craig Whyte remains the biggest problem at Ibrox and feels former majority shareholder has "a lot to answer for". (Various)

And Smith says he would return to Ibrox in any capacity and work for free if it helped the club. (Daily Record)

The upcoming Scottish Football League play-offs will go ahead, even though there is a chance Rangers might drop out of the SPL. If the Ibrox club do exit the top flight, the losing SFL play-off finalists will move up a division. (Various)

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio fears the SPL could end up defunct if Rangers are thrown out of the league but Dunfermline counterpart Jim Jefferies insists the Ibrox club deserve to be punished for breaking the rules. (Various)

Sergio is keen to remain as Hearts boss and would welcome a new deal. (Various)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels will today start releasing players but insists he will be doing them a favour as they will not get a game if they stay. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Shiels will begin talks over a new contract at Rugby Park. (Various)

But it may prove more difficult for Killie to hold on to the manager's son, Dean, who is attracting interest from Scotland, England and abroad. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen face a three-way fight with Hibernian and St Johnstone to land Inverness winger Jonny Hayes. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh number eight Netani Talei has revealed he almost left the Scottish capital side last year but is glad he stuck around to help them reach the Heineken Cup semi-finals. (Scotsman)

Nine Glasgow Warriors players will join head coach Sean Lineen in leaving the pro-team this summer, including Scotland internationals Rob Dewey and Fergus Thomson. (Daily Mail)

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