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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has a draft plan to shift the dates of Scottish football's showpiece Premiership play-off tie - if Hibernian beat Falkirk to secure a place in the Scottish Cup final. Thursday 28 May and Sunday 31 May are the current Premiership play-off first and second leg dates, which Hibs could be involved in; but the Scottish Cup final is set for Saturday 30 May. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Hibs, Hearts and Rangers are united in condemning the SPFL's "sporting integrity" for deciding to move Rangers' final Championship game a day after the second tier's other final fixtures. (Daily Mail)

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is facing plenty fixture questions
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster is facing plenty fixture questions

Kilmarnock also have issues with the SPFL because their request to have a home game on 25 April - in order to mark the 50th anniversary of their only top tier title success - has been rejected. (Daily Express)

Celtic's 4-1 win over Kilmarnock has set up a potential Pittodrie title party. If both Celtic and Aberdeen win their next two games, victory for the Hoops in the north east would clinch the Premiership trophy. (Sun)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes there is much more to come from hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths, who came off the bench to score three against Kilmarnock. (Herald)

Manchester City plan to take centre-back Jason Denayer on their pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East before deciding whether he can go back out on loan. (Sun)

Manager Stuart McCall says Rangers must look at the point they took from the 1-1 draw at Livingston as the one which could take them back into the top flight. (Daily Express)

Livingston boss Mark Burchill is adamant they will be able to field a team in the relegation play-offs if they move up to ninth-place. He says only one player is not contracted until after the relevant play-off dates. (Scotsman)

Could Paul Lambert be the next Borussia Dortmund boss?
Could Paul Lambert be the next Borussia Dortmund boss?

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart insists Dundee were right to stand by Paul McGowan, who avoided jail after pleading guilty to a third police assault in five years. Wishart does not condone what McGowan did, but knows McGowan was dealing with underlying issues at the time. (Sun)

Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson could yet win a new deal after recovering from a knee injury to feature for the under-20 team on Tuesday. (Sun)

Ex-Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert could enter the running as Borussia Dortmund's potential new manager after Jurgen Klopp announced he will step down at the end of the season. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

University of Stirling swimmer Cameron Brodie's British Championship 200m butterfly-winning time has not yet been enough to secure him a place on Team GB for the World Championships in Russia in August. (Herald)

Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley, who has already added to 2014 Commonwealth Games gold with one at the British Championships in London, has revealed she doodles cartoons between races to stay relaxed. (Various)

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