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Rangers have shown an interest in former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Kevin McDonald with the 27-year-old having fallen out of favour at Wolverhampton Wanderers and being forced to train with the youth team while his team-mates played MK Dons in the English Championship on Tuesday.(Express and Star)

Aberdeen have invited 6ft 5in English forward Harry Smith on trial after the 20-year-old scored 11 goals in 10 appearances for Folkestone Invicta in the Ryman League to help them win the Division South title.(Press and Journal)

The Scottish Professional Football will allow the post-split Premiership fixtures to be decided by computer, raising the possibility of a last-day title decider between Celtic and Aberdeen. (Daily Mail)

The first play-off of the Scottish Professional Football League season could take place a week on Saturday - to decide which club is in the Premiership's top six after it splits into two - with the possibility that Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee could be level on points and goal difference depending on results this weekend and on Tuesday. (The Sun, print edition)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson and Dundee boss Paul Hartley have all welcomed the news that Rangers will be playing in the Scottish Premiership next season after winning the Championship title, even though it will make their own jobs harder. (Daily Record)

Kevin McDonald (left) in action for Wolves
Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald (left) is being linked with Rangers

Rangers director Paul Murray says the best moment of the Ibrox side's Championship title success was seeing the joy on the face of former right-back, captain and manager John Greig. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic winger Didier Agathe has accused his former employers of failing to commit themselves to the investment required to become bigger and stronger during Rangers' absence from the top flight. (The Herald)

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko is struggling to be fit in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers after being told he will be out of action for a week to 10 days following a scan on a damaged thigh muscle. (Daily Record)

Kristoffer Ajer, the 17-year-old attacking midfielder who will join Celtic in the summer for a fee of £750,000, will be converted to a striker for his remaining time with Start after the Norwegian side made a poor start to their season. (Daily Record)

Hearts winger Sam Nicholson says there is no reason why the Tynecastle club cannot build on this term's league form and challenge for the Premiership title next season. (The Scotsman)

Winger Sam Nicholson says he had to apologise to his team-mates after many of them were floored by a vomiting bug smuggled into the Hearts camp by the returning Scotland Under-21 players, forcing the postponement of Tuesday's match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (The Scotsman)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is hoping to copy Aberdeen's lead last summer of keeping their best players and then adding to the squad as the Edinburgh side hope to build on their present third place. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Scotland forward Tony Watt
Scotland forward Tony Watt's transfer to Blackburn is under threat after an injury

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes is ready to give up to seven members of his squad a "take it or leave it" deadline for negotiations over new contracts because he is determined to avoid the uncertainty of past summers. (The Times, print edition)

New Scotland cap Tony Watt's season is over because of a groin injury that could wreck a £1m permanent move from Charlton Athletic to Blackburn Rovers, where the 22-year-old striker has been on loan. (The Sun, print edition)

Dunfermline Athletic, who have won promotion to the Championship, could attempt to sign 35-year-old striker Derek Lyle from Queen of the South should they fail to hold on to top scorer Faissal El Bakhtaoui this summer. (Daily Record, print edition)

Raith Rovers are hoping to persuade Ryan Hardie to remain with the Scottish Championship club should Rangers allow the 19-year-old to leave on loan again next season. (Daily Express, print edition)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald expected the sack after their poor start to the season but is now hopeful that they can clinch a top-six finish on the final weekend before the Premiership split. (Daily Express, print edition)

Scotland coach Anna Signeul says she may have to consider scrapping home fixtures in June because of problems finding suitable grass pitches. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Robbie Fergusson in action for Glasgow Warriors
New London Scottish signing Robbie Fergusson has played for Glasgow Warriors

Former Ayr centre Robbie Fergusson has signed a permanent contract with London Scottish following the 22-year-old's successful five-month period on loan with the Richmond club. (The Herald)

Dundee Stars have agreed a deal to keep Canadian import forward Scott Brannan, 27, at the Elite League club next season. (The Sun, print edition)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Matt Crooks on Twitter

Matt Crooks, the 22-year-old Accrington Stanley defender who will be joining Rangers this summer, could have endeared himself to the Ibrox club's fans with his critical review of an anthem enjoyed by city rivals Celtic as well as those of Liverpool in their Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday evening.

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