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Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is among the front runners for the vacancy at Wigan Athletic after Malky Mackay was sacked yesterday with the Scotsman's side sitting second bottom of the English Championship and facing relegation. (Daily Mail)

Celtic, who have shown an interest in Diego de Girolamo along with Benfica, Juventus and Southampton, have invited the 19-year-old Italian forward to train with them after his Sheffield United contract ends this summer. (Daily Mail)

Celtic are likely to be priced out of making a bid for Papy Djilobodji, with the 27-year-old defender being valued at £5m by Nantes and with Newcastle United, Stoke City and Sunderland interested in the Senegal international.(Daily Express)

Angry Newcastle United fans have demanded that owner Mike Ashley, the Rangers shareholder, sells the club following the team's fifth successive defeat by Sunderland. (The Times - subscription required)

Rangers manager Stuart McCall says Walter Smith, one of his predecessors, warned him about taking the job at Ibrox. (The Scotsman)

Nantes and Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji
Nantes and Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji is being linked with Celtic

Rangers manager Stuart McCall says that the whole of Scottish football would benefit should the Glasgow club win promotion to the Premiership this season. (The Herald, print edition)

St Mirren manager Gary Teale has hit back at Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila for criticising the Paisley club's pitch, pointing out that it wins votes for the best surface every year.(Daily Express)

St Mirren manager Gary Teale admits that, unless his side defeat Motherwell on Tuesday, they are doomed to relegation from the Scottish Premiership. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren defender Marc McAusland believes that avoiding relegation would rank as a more significant achievement for the club than winning the Scottish League Cup two years ago.(The Herald)

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough is motivating his players ahead of Tuesday's relegation battle against St Mirren by telling them that a good performance in front of a live TV audience could win them a lucrative move to foreign clubs, such as those in India. (The Scotsman)

Ross County defender Scott Boyd insists the Dingwall side remain right in the thick of the relegation battle despite their seven-game unbeaten run.(The Scotsman)

Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor
Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor, on loan from Scunthorpe United, made his debut for Monserrat

Partick Thistle striker Lyle Taylor's maiden voyage to Montserrat featured 12 planes and a boat, visits to a handful of Caribbean islands, scoring on his international debut, discovering the history of his adopted homeland and meeting the uncle he never knew he had. (The Herald)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says Dundee United supporters had no right to force information about counterpart Jackie McNamara's contract into the public domain in a row over bonuses connected with player transfers.(The Sun)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes admits that captain Richie Foran faces a make-or-break summer in his bid to regain fitness after several setbacks since suffering a knee injury in March last year. (The Scotsman, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Rory McIlroy and Bradley Neil chat at Augusta
World number one Rory McIlroy and Scottish amateur Bradley Neil played together at Augusta

Glasgow Warriors could be interested in re-signing Scotland lock Richie Gray, who has a year of his contract to run with Castres, after the French club said the 25-year-old will be sold to the highest bidder should his side be relegated from the Top 14.(Daily Mail)

Veteran BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss has said that the corporation should have tried harder to win the rights to the Open Championship and that attempts to give women equal rights in the sport have "caused mayhem". (The Scotsman)

Scottish amateur Bradley Neil shared the same stage yesterday as world number one Rory McIlroy as the pair played a practice round at Augusta ahead of this week's Masters. (The Scotsman)

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