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Former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish looks certain to be axed at the end of the season after his Racing Genk president admitted he was looking at replacements following their failure to make the title play-offs.(The Herald)

Honduras winger Arnold Peralta blames Ally McCoist for his disappointing spell with Rangers, saying the Scot was a fussy coach who could not handle the pressure of managing the Glasgow club. (The Sun, print edition)

Kilmarnock will offer striker Kris Boyd a third stint at Rugby Park if the 31-year-old leaves Rangers in the summer. (Daily Express, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has revealed that he hopes city rivals Rangers find a way out of their current Scottish Championship predicament to earn top-flight promotion via the play-offs this season as the global profile and fascination in Scottish football has been devalued by the two sides not meeting regularly in league competition. (The Scotsman)

Arnold Peralta (left) in action for Olimpia in the Concacaf Champions League
Arnold Peralta (left) is now with Olimpia in Paraguay after leaving Rangers

Midfielder Kris Commons admits that seeing two of his team-mates - James Forrest and John Guidetti - fight for the ball like a couple of school kids after Celtic were awarded a penalty took some of the shine off lifting the Scottish League Cup.(Daily Record)

Several Kenyan clubs claim they are still waiting to get a cut of midfielder Victor Wanyama's club record £12.5m transfer fee from Celtic to Southampton in July 2013, with the Nigerian Football Federation being blamed. (Daily Express, print edition)

Bournemouth's new Scotland international, winger Matt Ritchie, admits he has never been to Scotland. (Daily Telegraph)

There is a Scottish footballer still involved in the Champions League - Calum Mallace, a 25-year-old midfielder, who will line-up for Montreal Impact when they take on Costa Rican side Alajuelense in the Concacaf competition's semi-final first leg. (The Herald)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright fears Perth councillors could wreck the Scottish Premiership club's meticulously planned youth development programme as they weigh-up plans today for a controversial relief road that would trash the grass training pitch beside McDiarmid Park.(The Herald)

Aberdeen pulled the TV plug on their scheduled Scottish Premiership fixture against Dundee at Dens Park next Monday night because of the involvement of three players on international duty and managed to upset many of their fans. (The Herald)

Calum Mallace (right) celebrates with Montreal Impact
Calum Mallace (right) has reached the Concacaf Champions League semi-finals with Montreal Impact

Aberdeen have offered to refund any fan who cannot make the rearranged Scottish Premiership meeting with Dundee after it was brought forward from the Monday to this Saturday due to the Dons' international commitments. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has criticised the Scottish Professional Football League for originally arranging their game against Dundee two days before a Scotland international. (Daily Express, print edition)

Former Hearts winger Jose Quitongo is about to enter the boxing ring to fight Hibernian fan and Scots wrestler Bobby Collins for charity.(Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Rocks' immediate future in the top flight, along with their 12 fellow British Basketball League clubs, has been assured following talks over potentially radical changes within the sport.(The Herald)

Andy Murray is delighted to be reunited with his coach, Amelie Mauresmo, after her month away taking care of the French Fed Cup team as the Scot prepares to face Adrian Mannarino, the Frenchman ranked No.38 in the world. (The Scotsman)

Hopes of Scotland sending a four-strong representation to The Masters in three weeks' time have been boosted after Marc Warren, who has a chance of joining Sandy Lyle, Stephen Gallacher and Bradley Neil in the season's opening major, secured an invitation for next week's Valero Texas Open.(The Scotsman)

Scotland has been awarded two stages of the 2015 Tour of Britain cycle race. (Daily Mail, print edition)

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