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The Three Bears consortium could make "significant" headway in its bid for power at Rangers amid a "deadly serious" week financially for the club, with Phoenix Suns basketball team owner Robert Sarver's takeover offer thought to have been conditional on a share issue and the American probably having to wait to have any involvement in the club. (The Herald)

Rangers' board will be swept out of power this week unless Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley saves the directors who helped him bid for complete control at Ibrox in October. (Daily Telegraph)

Disgruntled Newcastle United supporters are to raise concerns about Mike Ashley's dual interest in the English Premier League outfit and Rangers with UK government sports minister Maria Miller. (Daily Mail)

The cash flow position inside Ibrox is now being described as "code red", with millions needed urgently in order to prevent an insolvency this month, as American banker Robert Sarver emerged as the potential saviour of Rangers and considers throwing his considerable muscle behind the group of wealthy fans who are battling to rid the club of its current regime. (Daily Record)

Olarenwaju Kayode in action for Nigerian Under-20s
Olarenwaju Kayode has reportedly been offered to Celtic in a cut-price deal

Celtic have been offered 21-year-old Nigerian striker Olarenwaju Kayode for a cut-price £350,000 because his Israeli club, Maccabi Netanya, have to sell quickly to avoid going bankrupt.(Daily Express)

Roberto Mancini, the Internazionale head coach, remains favourite to sign Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri on loan from Bayern Munich ahead of his side's meeting with Celtic in the last 32 of the Europa League having already secured the services of Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski. (The Herald)

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini will only be able to register one of Lukas Podolski or Xherdan Shaquiri to face Celtic in the Europa League because both have featured in the Champions League. (The Sun, print edition)

Inter Milan could lose midfielder Yann M'Vila to Parma ahead of their Europa League meeting with Celtic. (Forza Italian Football)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson has hit back at Celtic over the Glasgow club's annoyance at being unable to train on Kilmarnock's artificial surface ahead of Monday's game, saying the champions would not allow the Ayrshire side to use Celtic Park if the tables were turned.(Daily Record)

Responding to his side going four points clear of reigning champions Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes the best has yet to come from his side. (Daily Record)

Inverness Caldedonian Thistle midfielder Marley Watkins
Marley Watkins, who could leave Caley Thistle this summer, is reportedly attracting interest from Poland

Aberdeen officially have the best defence in the world, with goalkeeper Scott Brown's seventh consecutive clean sheet taking them clear of French outfit St Etienne and Argentina's Racing. (The Sun, print edition)

Winger Marley Watkins, who has been offered a new contract by Inverness Caledonian Thistle, is wanted by Polish club Slask Wroclaw, with Hearts and St Johnstone aslo interested in the 24-year-old. (Daily Express, print edition)

Cardiff City have decided not to sign Chelsea 19-year-old Islam Feruz on loan, the Scotland Under-21 forward having been scheduled to talk to Bluebirds manager Russell Slade on Monday. (Wales Online)

Shaun Maloney will be sold to the highest bidder during January, with Leicester City and Burnley interested in the Scotland midfielder, because Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay is having to cut costs. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh captain Mike Coman says his side's physical approach was key to their 1872 Cup win over favourites Glasgow Warriors.(The Scotsman)

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