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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Malky Mackay will be named the SFA's performance director later as anti-racism chiefs urge Scotland supporters to give him a second chance.

Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages the Scot had sent containing discriminatory language.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Mackay is at the centre of a £10m claim for damages, with the High Court today determining if the case is to be heard at a private tribunal or in open court. Mackay's former club Cardiff City are pursuing a claim over two transfers involving the Scot, former director of football Iain Moody and various agents. (Daily Mail)

The SPFL, amid concerns over the national minimum wage legislation, have been advised by their lawyers to sign players on zero-hours contracts. The proposal is among a number of suggestions made to combat the growing issue of illegal pay levels in Scottish football.

Full story: Daily Record

Malky Mackay
The SFA will appoint Malky Mackay as its new performance director

Scotland's champions could face four qualifying rounds to reach the group stage of the Champions League from the 2018/19 season onwards. (Daily Record)

Midfielder Massimo Donati believes a repeat of Hamilton Accies' display against Celtic could see beat Premiership rivals Rangers on Friday. (Various)

The Foundation of Hearts' investment in the Edinburgh club has surpassed £5m as part of their plan to secure fan ownership at Tynecastle. (Daily Record)

Italian outfit Torino are preparing a second bid for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in January. The Croat saw a proposed £3.5m move to Torino collapse on deadline day in the summer. (Various)

James McFadden will again take charge of Motherwell in their Premiership clash with St Johnstone - after the SFA confirmed the midweek call-off at Pittodrie didn't count towards Mark McGhee's touchline ban. (Various)

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser has labelled Pittodrie unfit for purpose in the aftermath of Tuesday's abandonment of the Premiership encounter against Motherwell because of floodlight failure. (Daily Mail)

Rangers striker Joe Garner
Mark Warburton has praised Joe Garner's development at Ibrox

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has hailed the development of striker Joe Garner and believes the former Preston forward is in the Andy Gray mould. (Various)

Meanwhile, Warburton has urged teenager Billy Gilmour, 15, to ignore interest from clubs including Chelsea and remain at Ibrox to continue his development. (Various)

Brendan Rodgers will take his Celtic squad to Dubai next month for a "football detox" following their busy festive fixture schedule. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci would be a hit for Championship promotion hopefuls Dundee United should he return to Tannadice, according to former United keeper Rado Cierzniak. (Scottish Sun)

Defender Erik Sviatchenko wants Celtic to continue their momentum by securing victories against Dundee and Partick Thistle at Celtic Park. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

WBA light-welterweight boxing champion Ricky Burns will defend his title in Glasgow in March next year. (Various)

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