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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Craig Mather left his role as Rangers chief executive with a year's salary of £300,000.

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is being lined up as Mather's replacement.

Full story: The Sun (subscription required)external-link

But Mather's departure has cast doubt on whether former Ibrox director Dave King will become the club's new chairman.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Meanwhile, former Ibrox chairman Alastair Johnston fears ex-Rangers owner Craig Whyte is still pulling the strings at the club.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link

Scott Brown playing for Scotland
Brown captained Scotland in the 2-0 win against Croatia on Tuesday evening

Scott Brown believes it is "ridiculous" how much Scotland have improved since Gordon Strachan took charge of the national team.

Full story: The Scotsmanexternal-link

Meanwhile, Scotland assistant coach Mark McGhee insists Strachan's predecessor Craig Levein is not solely to blame for the country's unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaign.

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And Strachan has played down the suggestion that he could have led the side to next summer's finals in Brazil had he been in charge for the whole qualifying campaign.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Dundee United manager and former Scotland defender Jackie McNamara has tipped the national team to reach Euro 2016.

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Dunfermline's new custodians Pars United say the club's fans will need to pay for the privilege of owning the Scottish League One outfit.

Full story: The Scotsmanexternal-link

A significant milestone in Hearts' period of administration could be reached next week with the club's majority shareholder UBIG expected to be formally declared bankrupt, which could quicken the process of moving the Scottish Premiership outfit into the hands of new owners.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh's South African-board forward Cornell du Preez intends to switch his allegiance to Scotland under residency rules.

Full story: The Scotsmanexternal-link

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