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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Billionaire Scot Les Hutchison is the man behind the proposed Motherwell fans' takeover of the club. The 60-year-old, who is based in Barbados, will fund the plan to take over John Boyle's shareholding and if he is successful it will fend off interest from an Argentine consortium. (Scottish Sun)

Former Motherwell defender Brian Martin has backed Mitchell van der Gaag's bid to become the new manager at Fir Park. (Scottish Sun)

Terry Butcher is the front-runner to become Motherwell manager again, and the Englishman will be appointed within 48 hours. (Daily Record)

Lee Erwin admitted he had a terrible night on Saturday after missing a glorious chance to equalise for 'Well in the 1-0 defeat to Celtic at the weekend. (Scottish Sun)

Terry Butcher
Terry Butcher could be set for a second stint as manager of Motherwell.

Celtic face competition to sign Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong as Sporting Lisbon, who signed Tannadice kid Ryan Gauld last summer, eye a move for the 22-year-old. (Various)

Tottenham are the latest side to be lining up a move for Celtic's £10m-rated defender Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Express)

Nigerian Striker Olarenwaju Kayode insists he would be a huge hit at Celtic, after being linked with a move to the Scottish champions. (Daily Express)

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has revealed the Celtic players had a frank exchange of views in the dressing room after their 1-0 win over Motherwell, due to their failure to take more of their chances in the match. (Various)

Dinamo Zagreb forntman Angelo Henriquez says the Croats are determined to beat Celtic on Thursday in the Europa League to ease the pain of their exit from Europe. (Daily Record)

Police have widened their investigation into the Rangers takeover, with the circumstances surrounding Charles Green's buy-out of the Ibrox club also in the spotlight. (Daily Record)

Rangers players are offering support to team-mate Lee Wallace after one of his friends was killed at the weekend. (Daily Record)

David Clarkson
David Clarkson will soon be celebrating scoring again, according to team-mate Gary Irvine

Defender Darren McGregor, who has suffered two cruciate knee injuries in his career, insists losing to Alloa with Rangers was the low point of his career. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn reckons the next few weeks could determine whether the Dons have a successful season or not. (Various)

Gary Irvine has backed Dundee team-mate David Clarkson to get back on the goal trail soon, after the striker missed the chance to score his ninth in nine games t the weekend. (Various)

Inverness midfielder Marley Watkins says weekend goal hero Ryan Christie is a joy to watch. (Various)

Kilmarnock defender Mark Connolly says his bust-up with team-mate Jamie Hamill in the 1-1 draw at Partick Thistle proves just how much the Killie players care. (Scottish Sun)

Rugby Park boss Allan Johnston has revealed Alexei Eremenko still has a part to play at the club, despite being dropped for the game against Partick. (The National)

St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean insists the Buddies will do everything they can to keep under-fire boss Tommy Craig in a job. (Scottish Sun)

Former Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald was delighted to hear the Hibs boo boys silenced as his Falkirk side secured a late win over the Easter Road outfit at the weekend. (Daily Mail)

Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has paid tribute to boss Neil Lennon for inspiring the Trotters to just two defeats in nine games, as he admitted the former Celtic manager can be a "scary guy". (Scottish Sun)

Gregor Townsend
Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend is looking forward to the second match against French side Toulouse

Everton manager Roberto Martinez reckons he is blessed to have a player like Steven Naismith in his side, as he hailed the Scottish front-man's football brain. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Head coach Gregor Townsend cannot wait to get Toulouse back to Glasgow after seeing his Warriors lose out to the French side in the European Champions Cup on Sunday. (Scottish Sun)

And Townsend admits his players, who were shown two yellow cards in France, must improve their discipline to have any hope of seeing off Toulouse. (Herald)

Townsend has labelled the return against Toulouse as the "biggest game in the club's history". (The National)

Alan Solomons inspired his Edinburgh outfit to a comeback victory over London Welsh with a half time team-talk that left his men in no doubt that they had to produce better. (Scottish Sun)

Scotland's Chris O'Hare will go head-to-head with Mo Farah in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country in January. (The National)

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