Scottish Gossip: Dundee United, Raith, Mixu Paatelainen, Celtic, Rangers, Hearts

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Mixu Paatelainen is to be sacked as Dundee United's manager after a 25-minute meeting with chairman Stephen Thompson yesterday. (Daily Record)

Dundee United have parted company with manager Mixu Paatelainen after a day of drama at Tannadice. (The Courier)

Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon is the man Dundee United want to lead them back from the Championship. (Scottish Sun)

Ray McKinnon, the highly-rated Raith Rovers manager, is wanted by Dundee United to lead the club out of the Championship next season. (The Herald, print edition)

Raith chief executive Eric Drysdale has warned Dundee United they won't welcome any approach for their under contract boss. (Scottish Sun)

Raith manager Ray McKinnon speaks to the media before their Premiership play-off first leg against Hibs
Ray McKinnon, whose Raith side are unbeaten in 11 matches, had two spells at Dundee United as a player

The SPFL are poised to double their money under the terms of a new four-year broadcasting deal with BBC Scotland. (Daily Mail)

Kenny Miller has admitted Rangers must strengthen their first-team squad if they are to challenge at the top of the Premiership next season. (The Herald)

Hearts chief Ann Budge is backing Hibs in tonight's play-off with Raith Rovers. "I would very much like to see Hibs come back up," she said. (Daily Record, print edition)

York City manager Jackie McNamara has taken the unusual step of banning St Johnstone-bound striker Michael Coulson from the club. (Various)

Jason Thomson has laughed off suggestions that Raith Rovers should be "scared" to face Hibernian and insists he is more frightened of his wife than tonight's play-off opponents. (Scotsman)

Celtic flop Nadir Ciftci wants a permanent move to Eskisehirspor to help his push for a Euro 20156 spot. (Various)

Hearts majority shareholder Ann Budge has reassured head coach Robbie Neilson that the football budget will not be compromised to help fund a new main stand. (Various)

Celtic are set to freeze season-ticket prices for next season as a reward to fans. (Scottish Sun)

Caley Thistle midfielder Ross Draper has urged the club to push through a return to the Highlands for former team-mate Billy Mckay, who has spent the season on loan at Dundee United. (Press and Journal)

Falkirk new boy Nathan Austin reckons he is ready to make the jump to the Scottish Premiership. (Daily Record, print edition)

St Mirren have confirmed nine players will leave the club this summer when their contracts expire. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Albert Kidd reckons Craig Wighton has joined him in the Dundee history books after netting against city rivals United on Monday night. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Mike Blair insists Glasgow are favourites to defend their Pro 12 title as the regular season comes to a close. (Various)

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