Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers will not play in Europe next season for the first time since 1980, with the club's administrators admitting the club are struggling to meet the 31 March deadline for submitting accounts. (Various)

Rangers' administrators refuse to rule out the possibility of the club going out of business and re-emerging as a new company. (Various)

As they mull over staff cuts, administrators Duff & Phelps say they see no place for current owner Craig Whyte at the club. (Various)

Aston Villa and Sunderland are waiting to move for Rangers captain Steven Davis, if the midfielder is made redundant. (Sunday Times)

Following defeat to Hearts, Davis told the Rangers dressing room that eight players would be axed by the administrators on Monday. (Sun)

Scottish Premier League clubs are drawing up a list of financial penalties and points deductions in case Rangers go into liquidation and re-emerge as a new company looking to join the top flight. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic's preparations for Saturday's noon kick off at Aberdeen were disrupted by a late night wedding reception at their hotel. (Sun)

Celtic's Gary Hooper hopes to become one of the club's legendary strikers, though he says he is not comparing himself to Henrik Larsson. (Various)

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre wonders "why anybody would want to be a goalkeeper" after seeing Pars goalie Chris Smith allow a tame Michael Higdon effort to squirm under his body and cross the line. (Sunday Herald)

Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen, who has been out on loan three times, is wanted by Norwegian side Aalesund. (Sun)

SFA president Campbell Ogilvie will play no part in the governing body's investigation into alleged secret untaxed payments at Rangers, since he was club secretary at the time in question. (Scotland on Sunday)

After his team's 0-0 home draw with St Mirren on Saturday, Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon believes his players are gradually losing the fear factor of playing at Easter Road. (Sunday Mail)

Richie Foran calls on his Inverness Caledonian Thistle team-mates to "toughen up and be more aggressive" when they play Dundee United at Tannadice on Monday night. (Sunday Mail)

Former Rangers midfielder Matt McKay reveals that he does not know whose decision it was to bring him to Ibrox where he played only three games after his move from Brisbane Roar. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland will complete their World Cup qualifying preparations with a friendly against Australia at Easter Road on 15 August. (Various)

The SPL are to discuss the creation of a new Under-20 league to replace the current Under-19 set-up. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland are to recruit Australian Matt Taylor as their new defence coach, replacing Graham Steadman. (Scotland on Sunday)

Scotland will have a record nine cricketers on contracts this summer after Calum McLeod was offered professional terms. (Scotland on Sunday)

Glasgow Warriors lock Al Kellock believes now is the best period he has experienced for pro rugby in Scotland. (Sunday Herald)

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