Wednesday's Scottish gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brian Kennedy will only launch a late deadline-day bid to rescue Rangers from administration today if Paul Murray's Blue Knights fail to win control of the Ibrox club. (Daily Record)

Murray fears his group will lose out to a US consortium but Chicago-based Club 9 Sports insist they will not be bidding and have only been acting as part of a larger consortium. (Sun)

Club 9 Sports are representing an Anglo-American consortium that are favourites to buy Rangers. (Various)

Meanwhile, the Singapore businessman hoping to acquire Rangers, Bill Ng, insists he does not want to liquidate the club. (Daily Record)

Rangers have no chance of playing in Europe next season, despite a claim from within the club an appeal to do so had been made to the Scottish FA. (Herald)

Steven Whittaker was planning to end his career at Rangers but does not know if that will still be the case, with the club's future remaining uncertain. (Daily Record)

Sir David Murray's controlling interest in Rangers cost him more than £116m during his 22 years in charge, the latest Murray International Holdings figures have revealed. (Daily Express)

Celtic will not be presented with the Scottish Premier League trophy following this month's Old Firm game, should they have won the title by then. (Daily Record)

Assistant manager Johan Mjallby admits Celtic are desperate to finish more than 10 points clear of Rangers so nobody can devalue the title win, the Ibrox side having been docked 10 points for going into administration. (Various)

Meanwhile, Celtic may face Aston Villa in a benefit match for Stiliyan Petrov, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. (Daily Record)

And Neil Lennon's side have also set up a match against Norwich City at Carrow Road on 22 May, a testimonial for Canaries star Adam Drury. (Sun)

Hibernian managing director Fife Hyland will leave the club at the end of the season, a year after being appointed. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas feels the club's post-split fixtures of three away games and two at home could be a blessing, as their record on the road is impressive. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Golfer Paul Lawrie till tee off at 0812 local time on the first day of the Masters at Augusta, with fellow Scots Martin Laird and Sandy Lyle on course later in the day. (Daily Express)

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