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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has revealed he was on the verge of quitting the club - and the sport - after receiving a string of death threats targeting him and his family over the last five years.(Sunday Post)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila thinks it would be best for Derk Boerrigter and the Scottish champions if the out-of-favour 29-year-old Dutch winger found a new club. (Scotland On Sunday)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has refused to acknowledge the possibility of a title challenge from Aberdeen despite the Dons moving to within a point of the reigning champions after his side's 2-1 home defeat by Motherwell.(Sunday Mail)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has revealed he had a furious exchange with Stephen McManus during their win over Celtic, the central defender having been determined to carry on after a serious head knock before eventually being substituted. (Sun On Sunday)

Hearts are preparing to appeal against the red card shown to Juanma against St Johnstone so the striker can be free of suspension to play Celtic next weekend.(Sunday Mail)

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has given a candid interview to the Sunday Post

The Scottish FA could investigate a bust-up in the tunnel after Hibernian beat Queen of the South in stoppage-time to leave the Dumfries side furious because of two decisions by referee Brian Colvin in the lead up to the goal. (Sunday Mail)

Brian Colvin's final game after seven years as a Category One referee ended in absolute mayhem after Hibernian scored a controversial stoppage-time winner against Queen of the South.(Sunday Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton condemned the performance of referee Willie Collum after his side squandered three points to Championship rivals Falkirk as the only Scottish referee appointed to the Euro 2016 finals enraged both teams with questionable penalty decisions. (Sunday Herald)

Aberdeen fans have taken a swipe at Stewart Milne after their chairman had urged supporters to "move on" from talk of stripping Rangers of titles won during an era when the Ibrox club used controversial Employee Benefit Trust arrangements, a banner criticising the comments being displayed before their side's win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.(Sunday Mail)

Rangers director Paul Murray says he would not support the idea of a rushed summer restructuring of the Scottish leagues - countenanced by Falkirk manager Peter Houston - even if the Ibrox side and Hibernian both fail to win promotion to the Premiership. (Scotland On Sunday)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is happy with his side's technical ability but will look to add a physical presence to the Scottish Championship leaders' squad in the January transfer window. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists it is his job to get Lee Wallace back in the Scotland team, the 28-year-old left-back having fallen out of favour while playing for the Ibrox side in the lower leagues. (Sunday Herald)

Everton striker Steven Naismith has an argument against West Brom
Everton and Scotland striker Steven Naismith is the centre of transfer speculation

Central defender Danny Wilson has been given time off of training after the birth of his first son, with Rangers manager Mark Warburton saying that helping the 23-year-old be a better father will help make him a better player.(Sunday Herald)

Everton are planning to make a £20m move for 26-year-old Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko, with the Toffees set to raise funds by looking to sell Scotland's Steven Naismith, 29, to Norwich City for about £7m.(Sun on Sunday)

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is to launch a £6.5m January bid for Everton and Scotland forward Steven Naismith.(Sunday Telegraph)

Norwich City face competition from Premier League rivals Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Sunderland, plus Championship leaders Middlesbrough, for the signing of Scotland forward Steven Naismith from Everton in January. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Former Scotland defender Graham Alexander is in the frame to become the new manager at Luton Town, who sacked John Still last week, the 44-year-old having been out of a job since being axed by Fleetwood Town. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors are braced for an attempt by former club Waratahs to persuade winger Taqele Naiyaravoro to return to Australia after only a season in Scotland because of a clause in the 24-year-old's three-year contract. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Cricket Scotland's plan to tour India next month in the build up to the ICC World Twenty20 has been abandoned because of visa problems. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Paisley super-welterweight Kris Carslaw was knocked knocked out in the second round in his bid to win the British title against Welshman Liam Williams in Manchester. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

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