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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Gary Locke will be confirmed as the new permanent manager of Kilmarnock on Friday morning. (Daily Express)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila plans to scale down the club's pre-season programme to ensure the side are more prepared for Champions League qualifiers. (Scotsman)

Manager of Premiership bottom side St Mirren Gary Teale refuses to see Friday evening's meeting with Celtic as a game his team can effectively write off.(Herald)

Anthony Stokes and Isaac Osbourne
Celtic and St Mirren will meet on Good Friday

Livingston manager Mark Burchill believes midfielder Darren Cole wants to play in Sunday's Challenge Cup final against Alloa Athletic, despite the tragic death of his cousin in America last weekend. (Daily Mail)

Summer football for the domestic season in Scotland is "being seriously looked at" by the Scottish Professional Football League board, according to Alloa Athletic chairman and SPFL board member Mike Mulraney.(Herald)

Brora Rangers backer Ben Mackay claims northern clubs were bullied into accepting Scottish football's new pyramid system as the first play-off between the Lowland and Highland Leagues approaches, with the winner due to play-off against the bottom side in the SPFL for a place in the senior ranks.(Sun - subscription required)

Scotland forward Lisa Evans
Lisa Evans will be on the move this summer

Scotland forward Lisa Evans has revealed she will join Bayern Munich from Turbine Potsdam this summer.(Herald)

Striker Darren Bent, 31, who is on loan at Derby County, has revealed he has had talks over a surprise new deal with Aston Villa and insists the club were right to sack Scottish boss Paul Lambert. (Telegraph)

OTHER GOSSIP

Soon to be retired Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock says winning rugby's Pro12 this season would be a fairytale end to his career.(Daily Mail)

Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock
Kellock joined Glasgow from Edinburgh in 2006

Former Scottish boxer Jim Watt has advised compatriot Charlie Flynn not to try and emulate Luke Campbell's first-round knock-out of Andy Harris when he takes on the Gloucester fighter in Newcastle this weekend. (Herald)

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