Scotland's papers: Aintree's gun guards and Red Rum bet

Scotland is struggling to recruit skilled professionals in key sectors such as medicine and IT as uncertainty over Brexit takes grip, "experts" tell The Herald.

Nicola Sturgeon has launched a "stinging attack" on Theresa May over "disgusting" plans to introduce a so-called "rape clause" to the welfare benefits system, says The Scotsman. The paper says the clause forces claimants to prove they were raped before getting benefits for a third child.

The National leads with claims by a senior German MEP that an independent Scotland would be able to rejoin the EU relatively quickly.

The i newspaper also leads with the story and writes that Scotland would not have to join a queue to become an EU member.

Tens of thousands of jobs in Scotland's retail sector are under threat and many town centres face being "hollowed out" with the loss of their shops, according to industry research published in The Times Scotland.

Theresa May has "squared up" to Nicola Sturgeon by launching a "scathing attack" on the SNP's "tunnel-vision nationalism", claims The Scottish Daily Mail, which also publishes a pictures of the first minister with former US American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York.

Like many of Friday's papers, The Scottish Daily Express features the start of the Grand National Festival on its front page. However the paper reports that Aintree racecourse showed it was taking the threat of a terror attack seriously by patrolling the racetrack with heavily-armed guards for the first time in its 170-year history.

The Daily Record leads with the story of Bob Holmes, who is celebrating after "big-hearted bookies" paid out on a 43-year-old winning Grand National bet slip that he found amongst a pile of paperwork. The bet had backed Red Rum to take the top prize at Aintree.

Millionaire Frankie Donaldson was slashed in the street two days be­fore he was due in court for battering his ex-partner, writes The Scottish Sun.

The Press and Journal devotes its front page to the disturbing story of sex offender Robert McGregor who has been jailed for 10 years for raping young children.

Police searching along a Fife Coastal Path for missing German tourist Claudia Phillips have found a body, reports The Courier.

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