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More than three million shares in Rangers were traded in the club's single biggest stock exchange transfer for almost a year on the day a former senior Manchester City figure was appointed as the club's new chief executive - and intrigue surrounds the identity of the buyer.

Full story: The Herald

Dundee United have been told to pay up more than £200,000 for their former striker, Damian Casalinuovo, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found in favour of Velez Sarsfield, saying the Argentine club was due a compensation fee in 2009.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has been urged by his national team coach, Ange Postecoglou, to leave the Glasgow club on loan so that he can begin to establish himself as Australia's most influential player in next summer's World Cup finals.

Full story: The Herald

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes picked up a calf injury playing for Spain that will keep him out of action until the end of the year, missing his club's Champions League meeting with Celtic.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

New Celtic signing Holmbert Fridjonsson says Fram Reykjavic team-mates Steven Lennon and Alan Lowing, both former Rangers players, had helped persuade him to join the Glasgow club.

Full story: The Scotsman

Arbroath have failed in a bid to sign Derek Riordan, the former Celtic and Hibernian forward who left Bristol Rovers last season and has been training with Alloa Athletic.

Full story: The Scotsman

Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor is poised to return from injury ahead of schedule and could feature for Hull City at the weekend.

Full story: Hull Daily Mail

Angola-born Jose Quitongo dreams that his sons Nico, 14, who impressed at a Scotland Under-15 training camp, and Jai, 16, who are both with Hamilton Academical, will one day play for the full Scotland international team.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

West Brom risk losing manager Steve Clarke for nothing in the summer after failing to open contract talks with the Scotsman.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor is vowing to back manager Derek Adams with funds to improve his squad in January.

Full story: Daily Mail (print edition)

Steve Marsella says he had to follow manager Terry Butcher and assistant Maurice Malpas to Hibernian on a two-and-a-half year contract after turning down a deal to remain Inverness Caledonian's England-based scout.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

John Robertson has revealed that he would love to return to Inverness Caledonian Thistle as manager.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Cardiff City winger Craig Conway wants to return on loan to Championship outfit Brighton in the January transfer window.

Full story: Sky Sports

Livingston majority shareholder Neil Rankine admits that administration remains a possibility with the Championship club haemorrhaging £250,000 per week and being sued by former chief executive Ged Nixon for more than £300,000 but hopes a new board can turn their fortunes around.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Jamie McLeary, who will become a fully-fledged European Tour player at the age of 32 today after an eight-year apprenticeship, has revealed he was on the brink of turning his back on golf before winning his card by finishing 15th on the Challenge Tour.

Full story: The Scotsman

Jack Doherty, who has won his European Tour card for the first time at the age of 31, has revealed an important number in his life having won his first EuroPro Tour event on the 15th of the month, being married on the 15th, having a son born on the 15th, while the final day of last week's qualifying school was on the 15th.

Full story: The Herald

Heather MacRae has boosted her hopes of earning a step up to the Ladies European Tour next season, despite being unable to hold on to the lead in the final round of the Costa Blanca Ladies Open and finishing ninth, as she is up to fifth on the development circuit's Order of Merit and will earn a tour card if she can retain that position after next week's final event of the season in Turkey.

Full story: The Scotsman

Former world boxing champion Scott Harrison has revealed his four-year-old son, Jack, helped him rediscover talent for art as they regularly paint together at their home in Glasgow and the 36-year-old says he will try to forge a new career in art after his boxing career is over.

Full story: Daily Record

Richie Gray, the coach from Galashiels who has transformed the South African rugby team at the breakdown, becomes a free agent next week despite being hailed by Springboks boss Heyneke Meyer as one of the best specialist coaches in the world.

Full story: Daily Mail (print edition)

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