Thursday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Graeme Souness has emerged as a key player in a surprise bid to land Rangers, with the former Ibrox player-manager being part of a consortium expected to be revealed as preferred bidder by administrator Duff & Phelps within 24 hours. (Daily Express)

Former Rangers manager Graeme Souness is being lined up to be at the heart of two of the consortiums vying to take over the Glasgow club, with Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy also prepared to involve him in a new regime. (the Herald)

Rangers owner Craig Whyte has agreed to sell his shares for a pound to a UK football consortium, with a deal to buy the club expected today. (the Sun)

Graeme Souness, Rangers' former player-manager, is at the centre of a tug of war involving three parties trying to buy the Ibrox club. (Daily Mail)

Walter Smith is being lined up to head a rescue package for crisis-hit Rangers, the former manager having been approached by a number of interested parties who believe he could unite the fans. (Daily Record)

Scotland performance director Mark Wotte last night flew to Spain in a bid to ensure 16-year-old Malaga-born Real Madrid winger Jack Harper chooses to play for his parents' country. (the Sun)

Scotland coach Craig Levein, preparing for his side's friendly against the United States, has reserved a seat on the team plane for Darren Fletcher despite his captain and Manchester United midfielder not having played for six months because of illness. (Daily Record)

Former Finland coach Stuart Baxter has landed his 14th job in management after being hired by South African club Kaizer Chiefs. (Various)

Kenny Shiels is among the contenders for the managerial vacancy at League One outfit Bournemouth after talks stalled over a new contract with Kilmarnock. (Daily Express)

Leicester City are willing to offer defender Kelvin Wilson a rapid return to the Championship in England after an injury-hit season with Celtic. (Daily Mail)

Partick Thistle midfielder Paul Cairney is close to completing a move to Hibernian, with his contract expiring in the summer. (the Sun)

James McPake still expects to return to Coventry City at the end of the season despite reports that Hibernian want to keep the on-loan defender on a permanent deal. (the Scotsman)

Striker Lewis Guy, who signed a pre-contract agreement with St Mirren in January, is already training with the Paisley side after being released by MK Dons. (Various)

Goalkeeper Ryan Esson, one of 12 players nearing the end of their contracts with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, says he wants to remain with Terry Butcher's side. (Various)

Former Rangers defender Steven Smith has signed for Major League Soccer outfit Portland Timbers after his release by League One club Preston North End. (Daily Express)

Ross County manager Derek Adams has offered new contracts to 12 of his First Division championship-winning squad. (Daily Express)

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn says the First Division club will struggle to re-sign their best players as they can only afford to offer part-time contracts. (Daily Record)

Clyde have told the Scottish Football League they want to lay an artificial pitch at Broadwood Stadium this summer. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Paul Di Resta is on Ferrari's shortlist to replace the under-performing Felipe Massa next year. (Daily Record)

Stephen Gallacher is battling to be fit to play in the megabucks BMW PGA Championships after being forced to withdraw from last week's Scottish Open with a chest infection and sinusitis. (the Sun)

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