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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster believes SPFL chief Neil Doncaster "passed the buck" over Thursday's fixture issue, with Sky stepping in to ensure all five Championship games kicked off at the same time. (Herald)

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough says the club will demand compensation from the SPFL for any player contracts they have to extend, should play-off ties roll over into June to avoid clashing with the Scottish Cup final. (Daily Record)

However, former Hamilton Accies secretary Scott Struthers says they had to do that last season and it was not complicated or too costly a process. (Daily Record)

Ian Baraclough
Ian Baraclough wants the SPFL to stump up cash for any player contracts they need to extend for the play-offs

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is considering a summer move for Argentinean striker Sergio Araujo, who has been on loan at Spanish Segunda Division club Las Palmas from Boca Juniors. (Daily Express)

Ross County's on-loan Dundee United forward Michael Gardyne claims the Tannadice club have not contacted him since September about what will happen at the end of his contract in May. (Various)

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has urged Dundee United fans to lay off his counterpart Jackie McNamara, saying "he has more than proved his worth there". (Various)

Lech Poznan's Scottish left-back Barry Douglas has signed a new one-year deal with the Polish club. (Daily Mail)

Sergio Araujo (left) has caught the eye of Celtic
Sergio Araujo (left) has caught the eye of Celtic

Hearts winger Jamie Walker is keen to remain at Tynecastle despite reported interest from Birmingham City and Real Betis. (Daily Express)

Dundee's Paul McGowan says he will rip up his own contract if he gets into trouble off the field again. The midfielder was issued with a restriction order after being convicted for a third police assault, and he has vowed to sort out the drinking and gambling problems which he believes are to blame for his behaviour. (Sun)

Manager Paul Hartley will sign a new three-year contract with the Dens Park club today after guiding them into the top six. (Sun)

Livingston will discover the outcome of former chief executive Ged Nixon's attempt to sue the club for £311,000 today. Nixon claims he is owed the money from loans he gave the club. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Winger Dougie Fife reckons Edinburgh's surge in the European Challenge Cup was fuelled by an against-all-odds win versus Lyon in October. (Scotsman)

Scotland rugby centre Mark Bennett's 2015 World Cup is in doubt after it was confirmed shoulder surgery will keep the Glasgow Warriors player out for the rest of the season. (Herald)

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