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Karl Robinson, who has led MK Dons to promotion in England's League One, has made it known he is not interested in joining Rangers after the 34-year-old discovered he was a potential target as manager of the Ibrox club.(The Herald)

Rangers have refused to give a definitive position on Mike Ashley's demand for a general meeting at which he intends to ask fellow shareholders to approve immediate repayment of the £5m loan he provided earlier this year, but the Ibrox club have until next Wednesday to respond to the Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner. (The Scotsman)

Shota Arveladze's lawyer has revealed that Rangers paid £8.5m for the former Georgia striker when they signed him in 2001 - more than four times the publicised fee.(The Herald)

Rangers will give Hibernian only 950 tickets if they face each other in a promotion play-off at Ibrox, but Queen of the South, who are also possible opponents, will hand more than 2,900 briefs to the Edinburgh club's fans. (Daily Record)

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings has told Twitter trolls to stop tormenting a girl of 15 filmed having sex with a man at a party where the 19-year-old was a guest watching the boxing contest between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on pay-per-view TV.(Daily Record)

Karl Robinson urges on MK Dons
Karl Robinson has led MK Dons to promotion to the Championship in England

Former Hibernian, Celtic and Scotland striker Derek Riordan is looking for a new club after being released by East Fife after the part-time club failed to win promotion from League Two following the 32-year-old's three-month stay at Bayview. (The Scotsman)

Former England striker Alan Shearer says he rejected two approaches from Celtic while Martin O'Neill was manager of the Glasgow club.(Daily Record)

Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjonsson, who has scored once in 13 appearances on loan with Brondby, admits he could leave Celtic this summer only 18 months after signing a four-year contract when he arrived from Fram Reykjavic. (The Sun, print edition)

Striker Daryl Murphy, now the top scorer in the English Championship with Ipswich Town, says he was hounded in the streets by Rangers fans while playing for Celtic. (Daily Record, print edition)

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster admits more league reconstruction is being discussed but insists that ensuring Rangers a place in the top flight is not the motivation behind it. (Daily Record)

Former Hearts, Motherwell and St Johnstone midfielder Kevin Twaddle, who lost more than £1m because of a betting addiction, has accused the Scottish Professional Football League of being morally wrong for choosing major betting company Ladbrokes as its main sponsor.(Daily Express)

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer says he twice had the chance to sign for Celtic under Martin O'Neill

The Scottish Professional Football League has denied it is being hypocritical by signing a two-year deal of about £4m with betting firm Ladbrokes while players at all levels are banned from gambling on the game. (The Scotsman)

Neil Doncaster has defended his six-year reign as Scottish Professional Football League chief executive and insisted he will not step down or be forced out of his position after it ended a three-year search for a league title sponsor.(The Herald)

Former Albion Rovers manager James Ward has applied for the vacancy at Cowdenbeath, who have been relegated to Scotland's League One. (Daily Express, print edition)

Dumbarton and Stranraer are interested in signing striker Mark McGuigan, who helped Albion Rovers win the Scottish League Two title and promotion. (Daily Record, print edition)

Montrose have warned fans against launching a pitch invasion to try to get their Pyramid Play-off final abandoned if the result against Brora Rangers is not going their way after learning of a plan by some supporters. (The Courier)


The Scottish Rugby Union's controversial policy of recruiting overseas "project players" is to be ramped up with the governing body advertising for an "International Resettlement Adviser", whose remit will be focused on bringing in new talent from abroad. (The Times, print edition)

Former Scotland players Duncan Hodge, the Scotland backs coach, and Ben Cairns, who led Currie to fourth in the Scottish Premiership in his first year in charge, will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, this weekend, as the latest to benefit from the John Macphail Coaching Scholarship scheme. (The Scotsman)

Scottish teenage rugby prospect Robbie Nairn admits it was the biggest decision of his life to agree to join Harlequins, the 18-year-old Currie winger having been tipped to join Glasgow Warriors or Edinburgh when he leaves school.(The Herald)

Alan Martin is relishing the challenge of helping golf grow in Cambodia - a country with few courses - after landing the post of head professional at the Angkor Golf Resort in the tourism hot-spot of Siem Reap.. (The Scotsman)

Former Scotland international Dougie Lockhart believes cricket in the country is about to enter it's greatest ever era.(The Herald)

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