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Cowdenbeath defender Dean Brett fears being released by the Scottish League Two outfit, at a club hearing later, after admitting gambling on football matches. (Various)

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart hopes the SFA take Brett's personal circumstances into consideration - the deaths of the player's partner and daughter - when ruling on his case. (Scottish Sun)

Graeme Murty is in interim charge at Rangers
Graeme Murty is in interim charge at Rangers

Rangers have stepped up their search for a new manager and director of football with a series of interviews. However, interim boss Graeme Murty will remain in charge for the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park on 12 March.

Full story: Scottish Sun

SFA performance director Malky Mackay says Brendan Rodgers and Derek McInnes have thrown their weight behind Project Brave, which is designed to drag Scottish football out of the doldrums.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele's agent has revealed the importance of a one-to-one chat with Brendan Rodgers in sealing the forward's switch from Fulham. Mamadi Fofana says Rodgers urged Dembele to contact Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling to discuss his player development.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
Moussa Dembele's agent has revealed Brendan Rodgers' role in the striker's move to Celtic

Full story: Daily Record

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has scotched social media rumours claiming he had axed winger Danny Swanson for going public about his "contract nightmare". Swanson was missing from the squad for last weekend's victory against Ross County.

However, Wright says: "Danny was injured, end of story. I don't do the social media stuff. It's not my scene." (Various)

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci, on loan at Polish outfit Pogon Szczecin, has expressed relief at playing again following a frustrating spell with the Scottish Premiership leaders. "Already I can see this team [Pogon] has quality and I hope I can play my part," he says. (Daily Record)

Pitch perfect?

The Kilmarnock squad want interim boss Lee McCulloch to succeed Lee Clark at Rugby Park, according to left back Steven Smith. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock's interim boss Lee McCulloch
The Kilmarnock squad want Lee McCulloch to be appointed manager, says Steven Smith

Hibernian's biggest danger ahead of Wednesday's Scottish Cup replay against Hearts is thinking the job's "half done," says Hibs legend Pat Stanton. (Daily Record)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro has revealed a £1.2m scheme to tear up the Tynecastle surface twice in the next 18 months. "We've got to work together to have it ready for our league game a week on Wednesday [against Ross County]," says Cathro.

"None of it's going to be cheap but we're fortunate we have a club with leadership." (Various)

Aberdeen forward Peter Pawlett hopes his match-winner against Kilmarnock will see him force his way into Derek McInnes' first-team. (The National)

Other gossip

Edinburgh's appointment of former Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill as head coach for next season has been hailed as a move that will strengthen Scottish rugby. (The Scotsman)

Alex Dunbar has admitted he injured skipper Greig Laidlaw in what was a freak accident during Scotland's Six Nations defeat by France in Paris.

"I had no idea I had done it or what I had done until later," says Dunbar of the ankle ligament damage that has ruled out Laidlaw for the rest of the campaign. (Daily Mail)

Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations campaign
Alex Dunbar had no idea that Greig Laidlaw (pictured) had suffered Six Nations campaign-ending ankle ligament damage

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