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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

SNP MSP Kenny MacAskill urges his fellow Hibernian fans to buy a controlling 51% stake in the club but warns it won't be easy to run the operation - Hibs lost £800,000 last season. (Various)

One half of the Proclaimers, Charlie Reid, admits he would rather the supporters owned 100% of Hibs but wants the fans to engage with the chance to invest £225 a year. (Various)

Gary Mackay-Steven will not be allowed to leave Dundee United for less than £250,000 in the January transfer window. (Various)

Airdrieonians manager Gary Bollan, who moved from Tannadice to Ibrox as a player in 1995, believes Mackay-Steven would be a success at Celtic, who are keen to sign him. (Herald)

Rino Gattuso
Could the former Rangers and AC Milan midfielder be the new man in the Hamilton Accies' dugout?

World Cup winner Rino Gattuso has sent a "highly impressive" CV to Hamilton as he applies for the managerial vacancy. (The Sun)

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Lynsey Sharp has joined nearly 3,000 fellow supporters to take the shareholding of the Rangers Supporters Trust beyond 1%. (The Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has been told he will need to free up wages in his playing budget to sign Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson, who is wanted by two unnamed MLS teams in the United States. (Daily Record)

Former Rangers captain Terry Butcher has described the manager's job at the club "a minefield". (Daily Record)

Celtic enter the race with Ajax and Twente Enschede to sign AZ Alkmaar defender Wesley Hoedt, after Lazio had a £1m bid rejected, with the Dutch club thought to be looking for £1.7m for the 20-year-old. (Various)

Ricky Burns in action against Terence Crawford
Former two-weight WBO world champion Ricky Burns could yet fight in Las Vegas in the spring

Rangers midfielder Fraser Aird hopes his team can bring on a bad run for Hearts by beating them in the Scottish Championship on Friday. (Herald)

Celtic outcast Amido Balde is moving to Israel to join Hapoel Tel Aviv on loan after a spell in Belgium with Waasland-Beveren. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila allowed his players a night out in Maspalomas and some afternoons off with their wives and girlfriends while the team took a winter break in Gran Canaria. (Daily Record, The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ricky Burns, 31, still hopes to fight in Las Vegas on 28 March but his opponent may not now be IBF super-featherweight champion Rances Barthelemy because the IBF say the Cuban is meant to fight mandatory challenger Jose Pedraza instead. (Herald)

With committed Christian Euan Murray missing Glasgow Warriors' next two European games because they are to be played on a Sunday, head coach Gregor Townsend will rely on tighthead prop specialist Mike Cusack, who has just returned from injury and illness. (Herald)

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