Scottish Gossip: Brendan Rodgers, Celtic, John Hughes, Inverness, Rangers, Hibs

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brendan Rodgers is on the brink of accepting the Celtic job after Dermot Desmond tabled a package which would make him the highest-paid manager in Scottish football history. (Daily Record)

Caley Thistle's directors are working on a severance package for manager John Hughes following a breakdown of his relationship with Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron. (Press and Journal)

John Collins insists Inverness manager John Hughes should be a candidate for the vacant Celtic post. (Various)

John Hughes makes a point to his ICT players in their 4-0 win over Dundee
John Hughes is believed to be on his way out of ICT after disputes about the playing budget

Dermot Desmond hopes Celtic can conclude their search for a new manager within days after admitting Brendan Rodgers would be a "great" choice for the Parkhead post. (Various)

Rangers plan to stick two fingers up at Mike Ashley on Saturday by refusing to wear the new kit he's produced for their big Premiership return. (Daily Record)

Dundee's star man Greg Stewart has rejected the offer of a new deal. (The Courier)

Hearts are in advanced talks with former Scotland goalkeeper Matt Gilks as they close in on Neil Alexander's replacement. (Edinburgh Evening News)

John Collins says the decision Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs makes over who plays up front in Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Rangers will define his tenure at Easter Road. (Scotsman)

Mark Warburton hopes he's done enough to convince Joey Barton to sign for Rangers. (Various)

Rangers have thrown down the gauntlet to Mike Ashley by announcing plans to tear up the existing merchandising agreement with Sports Direct. (Scottish Daily Mail, print edition)

Alan Stubbs insists he still has big plans for Hibs and vowed: I'm going nowhere. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs have announced they have sold their full allocation of 21,000 tickets for the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden on Saturday. (Daily Record, print edition)

Mark Hateley claims Rangers will need to make eight signings if they win the Scottish Cup and clinch a Europa League spot. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Four of Chris Mitchell's former clubs - Falkirk, Bradford City, Queen of the South and Clyde - have joined together to help set up a memorial Foundation in his honour. (Scottish Sun)

Greenock Morton have withdrawn their new strip from sale after supporter protests because it did not have the club's famous blue and white hoops. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland lock Richie Gray has completed his move from Castres to French giants Toulouse, signing a four-year deal with the former European champions. (The Herald)

The Muirfield members behind a "no" campaign in the vote on allowing women to join have cited slow-play worries and fears about making ladies "feel uncomfortable" among their reasons for trying to derail the East Lothian club's bid to join the modern world. (Scotsman)

Tim Henman has told Andy Murray to stick with his current coaching team for the forseeaable future and cast doubt over speculation about a reunion with Ivan Lendl. (The Herald)

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