Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Mike Ashley, Pedro Caixinha, Dave King, Aberdeen, Derek McInnes, Joe Garner

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley is planning a £30m takeover bid to see off Dave King and retake control as the Sports Direct billionaire is shocked at the state of the club.(Sunday Mail)

Club America, the most successful club in Mexico, are trying to persuade 46-year-old Pedro Caixinha to wait until the summer to leave Al-Gharafa and become their new team boss instead of accepting Rangers' offer to take charge at Ibrox immediately. (Sunday Express)

Pedro Caixinha, who is expected in Glasgow for talks by Wednesday, is willing to pay up to £300,000 out of his own pocket to become the next Rangers team boss, with the Portuguese coach trying to negotiate his release from Qatari club Al-Gharafa, where he still has four months left on his £2m-a-year contract.(Sunday Mail)

Pedro Caixinha has already been told he has been successful in his application to become Rangers' new head coach and will be officially unveiled within the next 48 hours. (Sunday Herald)

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith has thrown his support behind Aberdeen's Derek McInnes to become Rangers' new team boss.(Sky Sports)

Mike Ashley
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is being linked with a fresh move to take control of Rangers

Hamilton Academical winger Dougie Imrie despaired at the officiating in his team's 6-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat by Rangers, labelling the 55th-minute wild kick on him by Joe Garner that did not result in a red card as "a leg-breaker" and a "UFC challenge". (Scotland On Sunday)

The Scottish Professional Football League is considering changes to the Premiership play-offs, with the third versus fourth play-off and the match between the winner and the team finishing second reduced from two legs to one-off games that give the higher-placed team home advantage. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Outgoing Scottish Professional Football League chairman Ralph Topping says the league's member clubs must improve their record in meeting minimum wage laws. (Sunday Herald)

David Weir has joined Aston Villa's scouting team after his exit from Rangers along with manager Mark Warburton, to whom he was assistant. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Paul Lambert says his Wolves side will avoid relegation, despite slumping to a sixth successive defeat, 2-1 away to Reading. (Express & Star)

Alex Neil says his Norwich City players should be embarrassed after their 5-1 hammering by a Sheffield Wednesday side for whom Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes scored twice.(Eastern Daily Press)

On-loan Chris Martin, who has been in dispute with Fulham after being denied a return to Derby County in January, is committed to the London side, manager Slavisa Jokanovic insisted after the Scotland striker scored in a 3-1 win over Preston North End a week after being dropped. (Sunday Mirror, print edition)

Murray Wallace in action for Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe defender Murray Wallace is being tipped as a Scotland player by manager Graham Alexander

Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander has backed 24-year-old Murray Wallace to make the step up to international level with Scotland and fill the troublesome central defence role. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Hamilton Academical central defender Mikey Devlin is a Scotland international in the making, according to club manager Martin Canning. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Manchester City have joined city rivals United, Liverpool, Everton and Brighton in tracking the progress of Newcastle United winger Owen Gallacher, the 17-year-old Scot who is a relative of Sir Alex Ferguson. (The People, print edition)

Stirling University manager Shelley Kerr, the first woman to take charge of a senior men's team in Britain, has ambitions to move to a professional club. (Sunday Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Rugby fans desperate to see Scotland's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham are being charged up to £3000 a ticket on websites linked to the sport's governing bodies.(Sunday Mail)

Former England coach Brian Ashton says the performance of Scotland fly-half Finn Russell holds key the to who will win the Calcutta Cup. (Scotland On Sunday)

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