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A furious female former Rangers worker has contacted the Serious Fraud Office with a complaint about alleged financial irregularities at Ibrox.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Rangers say they are "completely unaware" of any investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after it was claimed that a former employee had made allegations regarding payments made to shareholders.

Full story: The Scotsman

A group of Rangers shareholders backed by the Glasgow businessman, Jim McColl, and which is seeking changes to the club's board, has called for the financial director Brian Stockbridge to resign.

Full story: The Herald

Rangers fans groups will meet with rebel shareholders led by Jim McColl tonight and, while the beleaguered financial director Brian Stockbridge has an invite, he can expect a hostile reception.

Full story: Daily Record

The credit summit due to take place tomorrow that will determine whether Hearts come out of administration could be postponed again as Ukio Bankas and UBIG, which are due a combined £23.7m of the club's £28.5m debt, could call for another week-long deferral while they pore over the proposals.

Full story: The Herald

The Co-op Bank has come under fire from Mark Garnier, the Conservative MP and member of the Treasury Select Committee, for allegedly dishing out £33.2m in cheap loans and overdrafts to Celtic Football Club, which was chaired by former Labour home secretary John Reid.

Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster insists he has no plans to quit the Scottish Premiership leaders in January, despite their Champions League exit threatening his World Cup chances with England.

Full story: Daily Express

Former Hibernian and Falkirk boss John Hughes has joined Alloa Athletic's Paul Hartley in being interviewed for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager's job, but ex-Dundee United boss Peter Houston is also in contention alongside several English names.

Full story: Daily Express

Alloa Athletic manager Paul Hartley is facing competition to be Inverness Caledonian Thistle's new team boss from Michael Appleton, who was sacked by Blackburn Rovers in March, John Hughes, axed by Hartlepool United in the summer, and former Caley Thistle boss Craig Brewster.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Former Dundee United coach Paul Hegarty has joined East Fife on a voluntary basis to help rookie caretaker manager Gary Naysmith following the weekend resignation of Willie Aitchison.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Lee Makel has not ruled out becoming permanent Cowdenbeath manager after taking over as caretaker of the Scottish Championship club after Colin Cameron's resignation.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

With a protective mask that has earned him the nickname 'Phantom' around Hibernian's training centre this week and a moustache that is more 'Mask of Zorro', defender Michael Nelson returned to action last night with the club's under-20s following his recent fractured cheekbone.

Full story: The Scotsman

Nottingham Forest are confident of beating Championship rivals Derby County and Reading to the capture of Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Full story: Express and Star

Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass could be sidelined until the new year with a knee injury picked up in training with Norwich City.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors have punished seven employees over an incident last month but have refused to name the people disciplined.

Full story: The Scotsman (print edition)

Force India admits that Paul di Resta's Formula 1 future lies in the hands of rivals Lotus, whose preferred option to replace departing driver Kimi Raikkonen is Nico Hulkenberg, who is wanted by the Scots' present team.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Allan McNish and his Audi team-mates have been warned that they must complete at least 45 minutes of the final race of the season in Bahrain in order to be officially crowned World Endurance Champions.

Full story: Daily Express

Andrew Lemoncello has pulled out of his planned marathon comeback in Japan this weekend, the 30-year-old being left too drained emotionally from setting a new world record for the half-marathon on a treadmill, raising more than £25,000 for Down's Syndrome research five weeks ago.

Full story: The Herald

Phil Mickelson will return to the tournament that he firmly believes provided the launch pad for his 2013 Open Championship glory, when the five-time major winner defends his Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title at Royal Aberdeen from 10-13 July.

Full story: The Scotsman

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