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Nottingham Forest are poised to make an £8m bid to land Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers in the summer. (The Sun, print edition)

Championship promotion chasers Derby County and Norwich City will battle it out to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Scotland look set to face World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar in a home friendly ahead of their 13 June Euro 2016 meeting with Republic of Ireland.(The Herald)

Scotsman Dave Wilson, who played junior football with Kilwinning Rangers, will today name his squad to face Scotland following his appointment as Gibraltar's interim head coach. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hampden Park groundstaff started to relay the national stadium pitch immediately after Queen's Park's League Two game against East Fife on Saturday so it can be ready in time for the Scottish League Cup final eight days later.(The Herald)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton
Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton is reportedly doubtful for the Scottish League Cup final

Kris Commons expects to be fit enough to start in Celtic's midfield in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday after missing their Scottish Cup meeting through injury. (Daily Express, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has picked up a twisted ankle ahead of Sunday's Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United and could join seven other players on the sidelines through injury.(Evening Times)

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has called for referees to be allowed to use TV replays during matches after Dundee United counterpart Paul Paton was apparently sent off by mistake during Sunday's Scottish Cup quarter-final between the sides. (Daily Record, print edition)

Feyenoord midfielder Jens Toornstra has urged John Guidetti to rejoin him in the Netherlands next season after the Dutch club sent their player liaison officer to speak to the on-loan Manchester City striker last week. (The Sun, print edition)

The Scottish Cup quarter-final between Celtic and Dundee United on 18 March will not be televised because it clashes with the Champions League meeting between Barcelona and Manchester City. (The Sun, print edition)

Both legs of the Scottish Premiership play-off final could be moved to avoid the potential problem of Falkirk or Hibernian playing a crucial fixture less than 48 hours before a Scottish Cup final appearance.(Yahoo! Sport)

Hibernian striker Dominique Malonga says he would rather win promotion to the Scottish Premiership this season than end the Edinburgh club's 113-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup. (Daily Record, print edition)

Russell Latapy and Inverness manager John Hughes
Russell Latapy (left) is being linked with the manager's job with Alloa Athletic

Falkirk midfielder Will Vaulks has signed a new two-year contract with the Scottish Championship club. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall believes the return of Walter Smith as team boss would be guaranteed to provide Rangers with a significant boost for the remainder of the Scottish Championship promotion campaign. (The Scotsman)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle assistant boss Russell Latapy has emerged as a surprise candidate for the managerial vacancy with Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic.(Press and Journal)

Estonia forward Tarmo Kink, who has signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, is out to prove that manager Tony Mowbray was wrong to freeze him out of the first-team while they were both at Middlesbrough. (Gazette Live)

Danny Swanson has been told by new manager Tony Mowbray he could still have a future at Coventry City despite the midfielder being sent out on loan to St Johnstone by predecessor Steven Pressley.(The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Marc Warren in action in Florida
Marc Warren's finish in Florida has lifted the Scot to 51st in the world rankings

Marc Warren is one spot away from a Masters invitation after finishing tied 17th in the WGC-Cadillac at Doral, with the top 50 in the world rankings receiving invitations at the end of March. (Evening Times)

Scotland coach Matt Taylor says that his players should not waste their time worrying about whether they are respected or not by their English counterparts and should focus instead on their own sense of self-worth after full-back Stuart Hogg grabbed a few headlineswhen he was reported as saying that the Scottish team are not taken seriously south of the border. (The Scotsman)

Gordon Drummond believes Scotland can give Sri Lanka a fright in their penultimate Cricket World Cup match in Hobar - providing they repel one of the world's most dangerous bowlers, Lasith Malinga.(The Scotsman)

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