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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Former Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, sacked by Rotherham United earlier this season, has emerged as the front runner to take over at Dundee following the sacking of Paul Hartley.(The Herald)

Injured defender James McPake is in the running to take over from Paul Hartley as manager at Dundee following Monday's sacking. (Daily Record)

Former Dundee striker Fabrizio Ravanelli believes he is the man to lead Dundee clear of relegation trouble after the sacking of manager Paul Hartley.(Scottish Sun)

Dundee assistant manager Gerry McCabe says departed team boss Paul Hartley gave him his blessing to take temporary charge of the squad. (Daily Record)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran says he remains fully committed to saving the club from relegation and that his players will be "fearless" in the Highland derby against Ross County on 28 April.(Press and Journal)

Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs is reportedly in the running to be Dundee's new manager

After Ross County's controversial penalty against Celtic on Sunday, Scottish FA head of refereeing operations John Fleming says that only the introduction of video assistant referees will enable officials to stop players cheating by diving. (The Herald)

Gordon Smith says the likelihood of Ross County striker Alex Schalk being banned retrospectively for diving to win a penalty against Celtic on Sunday justifies the introduction of video evidence during his time as Scottish FA chief executive.(Daily Record)

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci, on loan at Polish club Pogon Szczecin, says it was out of character for his former Breda team-mate, Alex Schalk, to dive to win Ross County a penalty in Sunday's 2-2 draw with the Turk's parent club. (Daily Express, print edition)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is to ignore scouting advice to make a move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and will instead attempt to sign France international Benjamin Mendy despite Monaco asking for a fee of £55m.(Daily Record)

Former Celtic defender Johan Mjallby thinks the treble-winning side he played for in 2001 under Martin O'Neill would beat the current side under Brendan Rodgers. (The Scotsman)

Craig Ireland, who coached David Bates at Raith Rovers, believes the 20-year-old defender can mark Celtic's Moussa Dembele out of the game in Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final.(Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers striker Marco Negri says new Ibrox team manager Pedro Caixinha is now in charge of "the most famous club in the world". (The National)

Former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands, who was interviewed to be Pedro Caixinha's assistant at Ibrox, believes the Portuguese has what it takes to lead the Ibrox side to victory over league champions Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final.(Scottish Sun)

St Johnstone's Richard Foster and Danny Swanson
Richard Foster has talked for the first time about his bust-up with Danny Swanson

Defender Richard Foster says he deeply regrets the on-field bust-up with team-mate Danny Swanson that led both to be sent off against Hamilton Academical on 1 April. (Daily Record)

Richard Foster feared he would be sacked by St Johnstone after his tussle with team-mate Danny Swanson against Hamilton Accies on 1 April before both returned to the squad after a suspension and fines.(Scottish Sun)

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain remains supportive of David Moyes despite fans turning against the manager after a 2-2 draw with West Ham that left their side nine points adrift at the foot of the English Premier League. (Daily Express)

Hibernian defender Lewis Stevenson believes that his side would have lacked the momentum to win this season's Scottish Championship if they had not won the Scottish Cup in the previous campaign.(The Scotsman)

RUGBY UNION GOSSIP

Incoming Scotland coach Gregor Townsend is to appoint Mike Blair, who works under him at Glasgow Warriors, to the national backroom staff. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Three rugby brothers will compete for silverware on Saturday, with Nyle and Alex Godsmark representing Melrose and Murrayfield Wanderers respectively in the BT Cup and Shield finals, while Nyle's twin, Ryan, will be playing in the Belgian Cup final for La Hulpe. (The National)

Ayr coach Calum Forrester is certain that the ecstasy of winning the Scottish Premiership title by beating Melrose at the weekend will not lead to any drop in hunger as they face the same opponents in the BT Cup final.(The Scotsman)

Scotland's Finn Russell is still likely to miss out on British and Irish Lions selection for the tour of New Zealand despite England fly-half George Ford being poised to be left out of the squad. (The Times)

Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Chris Robshaw are among England's Six Nations winning squad likely to be left out of the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of New Zealand.(Daily Telegraph)

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