Sunday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Sale Sharks owner has advanced his candidature for launching a takover of Rangers by entering into introductory talks with Scottish Football Association chief executive Stuart Regan. (Mail on Sunday)

Rangers have received a fifth bid for the club, with the latest offer coming from Singapore. (Sunday Mail, Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald, the Observer)

American firm Club 9 Sports will be represented at the Old Firm derby as it steps up its bid to buy Rangers. (the Sun, Sunday Times, Sunday Herald, the Observer)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he would rather win the Scottish title at home than away to reigning champions and Glasgow rivals Rangers. (the Sun)

Neil Lennon is prepared to ditch his post-match ritual of walking to the Celtic fans - even if his team are crowned Scottish champions at Ibrox today - to avoid any potential crowd trouble. (Mail on Sunday)

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels will see nothing of the £500,000 earned for their Scottish Communities League Cup final win over Celtic and will have to slash his budget next season in a bid to reduce the club's £10m debt. (Sunday Mail, the Sun, Mail on Sunday)

Supporters Direct Scotland has come up with a "Fan Plan" for the future of Scottish football and wants a return to League Cup sections but on a regional basis. (Scotland on Sunday)

Dunfermline Athletic chairman John Yorkston says the Scottish Premier League will remain "flat" as a competition until the Old Firm agree to a change in the voting structure to allow radical changes. (Scotland on Sunday)

Dundee United manager Peter Houston has told young stars Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay they will not be leaving the club in the summer as they are not yet ready for big-money transfers. (the Sun)

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio has invited Kevin Kyle to pre-season training despite the striker having his contract terminated after being sidelined with a hip injury since January 2011. (Sunday Mail, Mail on Sunday)

Steven Pressley is poised to agree a new contract as Falkirk manager but will be asked to work with a reduced budget again next season. (Sunday Mail, the Sun, Mail on Sunday)

OTHER GOSSIP

Perpignan have renewed their interest in Scotland scrum-halves Mike Blair and Rory Lawson after their preferred target, Tomas O'Leary, signed for London Irish. (Scotland on Sunday)

Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman could be heading to French rugby, with Parisian outfit Racing Metro keen to secure his services. (Scotland on Sunday)

Two-time world darts champion Jocky Wilson has died two days after his 62nd birthday at his home in Fife after a battle with lung disease. (the Sun)

Dario Franchitti believes car and engine design changes mean that up to 10 drivers can with the IndyCar championship after the four-time champion had to settle for ninth place on the grid for today's opener in St Petersberg, Florida. (the Sun)

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