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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan has backed striker Steven Fletcher to re-discover his international scoring touch with the Sunderland man's last goal in the dark blue coming in 2009. (Sun - subscription required)

Steven's namesake Darren believes he is back to his best after captaining Scotland in their 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Wednesday. (Daily Express)

Now Darren Fletcher is determined to lead Scotland to the Euro 2016 finals, with the side facing Gibraltar in their next qualifier on Sunday.(Daily Record)

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher

Strachan hopes the weight of expectation will not sit heavily on the players in Sunday evening's match. (Herald)

Hearts are likely to be priced out of any move to make Genero Zeefuik's loan from FC Groningen permanent.(Scotsman)

The new Rangers board will hold their first official meeting today and will discuss what to do with Gaël Bigirimana, who joined on loan from Newcastle United despite having a medical condition and being unlikely to play for the Ibrox side before the end of his spell.(Daily Record)

Rangers forward Gaël Bigirimana
Bigirimana has not featured for Rangers since joining on loan from Newcastle United

Robbie Neilson, who has led Hearts to Championship title glory this season, admits he was flattered after receiving praise from Sir Alex Ferguson. (Scotsman)

Hibernian's push for promotion will be boosted by the return of striker Farid El Alagui against Raith Rovers on Sunday. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Connacht forwards coach Dan McFarland will take over from Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Shade Munro at the end of the season after it was confirmed the latter would be leaving his post.(Scotsman)

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