Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers owner Craig Whyte is on the verge of striking a deal to sell the club to a wealthy British consortium made up of a number of people with experience from clubs in England's Premier League. (the Sun)

American trucking tycoon Bill Miller says he withdrew his bid for Rangers because he did not wish to risk a portion of his children's inheritance in a takover that involved such huge costs amid much uncertainty and facing hostility from the club's fans. (Daily Record)

Furious Rangers players are set to demand showdown talks with the club's administrator as many of their contracts near expiry and they have complained to the players' union they are being kept in the dark. (Daily Record)

Kyle Lafferty has checked in to have hernia surgery that will rule the Northern Ireland striker out of Rangers' final game of the season, meaning he is likely to have made his last appearance for the club as his contract expires in the summer. (the Sun)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants the club to tie down Scottish Premier League player of the year Charlie Mulgrew to a bumper new contract. (the Sun)

MK Dons are preparing a double swoop for Dundee United pair Paul Dixon and Scott Robertson, while Aberdeen have joined Hibernian in the race to sign out-of-contract Tannadice midfielder Danny Swanson. (the Sun)

Celtic have been snubbed by organisers of the World Football Challenge - a summer tournament involving Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, AC Milan and three American sides - which will now feature Paris St Germain instead. (Various)

Dutch midfielder Danny Buijs will quit Kilmarnock and return to his homeland after an injury-hit first season following his move from Den Haag. (Various)

A leaked letter from Blackburn Rovers' deputy chief executive, Paul Hunt, reveals he warned the club's owners to sack Steve Kean in December because the manager had lost the dressing-room and fans at the now relegated club. (Various)

Blackburn Rovers' Scottish manager, Steve Kean, will plead for his job when he meets the club's Indian owners today following their relegation from the Premier League in England. (Daily Mirror)

Clyde manager Jim Duffy has withdrawn contract offers to nine players after Saturday's 5-0 defeat by Montrose. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Leicestershire have renewed their interest in Matty Parker after the Scotland and Forfarshire fast bowler returned to action after hip surgery. (Daily Record)

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