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Rotherham United are preparing a £1m offer for Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod, with manager Steve Evans admitting he is aware of the 20-year-old's talent.(Daily Express)

Ally McCoist had been considering resigning from his post as Rangers manager for "a good considerable time" before he handed in his notice last week but still plans on seeing out the remainder of his 12-month contract. (The Herald)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to be remembered by the club's fans for trying to do his best and wants them to realise that everything he did in post was for their benefit.(The Scotsman)

Ally McCoist says he was shocked that details of his salary were revealed by Rangers' board and the manager pointed out that he had worked for nothing during the club's period in administration. (Daily Express)

Lee McCulloch says the squad are fully behind Ally McCoist despite the manager handing in his notice, but the team captain stressed that on-field matters must take priority.(The Herald)

Rangers appointed Derek Llambias as chief executive for £150,000 - half the price of his predecessor, Graham Wallace. (The Herald)

Real Madrid forward Jack Harper
Jack Harper is being tipped to break into the Real Madrid first team next season

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has admitted that Jo Inge Berget is poised to return to the English Championship club in January after a disappointing loan spell with Celtic. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic captain Scott Brown thinks Stuart Armstrong has the temperament and talent to play for the Scottish champions as the Glasgow club consider a January move for the Dundee United midfielder. (Daily Record)

Celtic have decided that they will keep Aleksandar Tonev for the rest of the season rather than sending the Bulgarian winger back to Aston Villa in the wake of his ban for racial abuse.(The Scotsman)

John Rankin insists that the Dundee United dressing-room is 100% behind Paul Paton after his fellow midfielder's two-match suspension for allegedly spitting at Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes. (The Herald)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has compared the Scottish FA's disciplinary tribunal to a panto, with midfielder Paul Paton unable to appeal against his two-match ban for spitting at Jonny Hayes despite the Aberdeen winger saying the incident did not happen.(Daily Record)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has vowed to stand by Stevie May despite the former Scotland Under-21 striker's lack of goals since arriving from St Johnstone. (Sheffield Star)

Real Madrid coach Santiago Sanchez thinks 19-year-old Scottish forward Jack Harper will break into the Spanish club's first team next season. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

New Scottish Athletics coaching director Rodger Harkins has admitted he has sent out a SOS to his leading performers as he is struggling to pull together a competitive squad for next month's International Match against France, Germany and Great Britain & Northern Ireland at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.(The Herald)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has brought in former Scotland team-mate Chris Paterson to restore the kicking form of fly-half Finn Russell. (The Herald)

World Anti-Doping Authority vice-chairman Arne Ljungqvist says that the credibility of elite sport is in danger of being lost altogether if it does not deal with a historic acceptance of doping in some quarters.(The Scotsman)

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