Scottish Gossip: SPFL emergency meeting over Rangers, no Celtic fears for Ronny Deila

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The Scottish Professional Football League's nine-man board will hold an emergency meeting at Hampden Park today to discuss the whether Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' victory in their tax appeal against Rangers' former controlling company means sporting sanctions are either justified or workable under existing rules. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Rangers do not expect to be stripped of any titles as a result of this week's court ruling in favour of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the so-called "Big Tax Case", with the Court of Session in Edinburgh upholding its appeal and deciding that the use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) had broken tax rules. (The Herald)external-link

A final decision on the so-called Rangers "Big Tax Case" may not happen until 2017 and Scotland's footballing authorities are unlikely to deal with the ramifications of the matter until after that.(The National)external-link

Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill insists he has little desire to see the titles won by Rangers in the EBT era taken away from the Ibrox club, saying that those trophies were won and lost on the field of play. (Daily Record)external-link

Hibernian's Alan Stubbs and Rangesr' Mark Warburton
Hibernian's Alan Stubbs and Rangesr' Mark Warburton are being linked with Queens Park Rangers

Mike Ashley has stepped up his battle with Rangers by becoming a director of their retail division, with the Sports Direct owner now having a majority influence on the board of Rangers Retail Limited, which controls the club's crest and merchandising rights.(Daily Record)external-link

Queens Park Rangers have placed Hibernian's Alan Stubbs near the top of their wanted list as they look for a new manager, while Rangers' Mark Warburton has also been mentioned for the role. (Daily Mail)external-link

Ronny Deila insists he has no concerns over his job as Celtic manager despite the latest European failure of his tenure, Thursday's 2-1 defeat at home to Molde leaving the Scottish champions on the verge of elimination from the Europa League.(The Scotsman)external-link

Although Celtic can still qualify from Europa League Group A should they win their remaining two matches, goalkeeper Craig Gordon says they will not do so if they play like they did in the 2-1 home defeat by Molde. (The Herald)external-link

Molde head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pleaded with the Celtic board to stick with manager Ronny Deila and insists the Scottish champions have suffered in Europe because there is no longer an Old Firm derby in Scotland.(The Herald)external-link

Manchester City and former England youth midfielder George Glendon is training with Rangers at Murray Park having been invited by Ibrox manager Mark Warburton. (Daily Record)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could end midfielder Gedion Zelalem's spell with Rangers after ordering a reappraisal of his 11 academy players out on loan following his side's recent League Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. (The Sun, print edition)

Manchester City midfielder George Glendon
Manchester City midfielder George Glendon is training with Rangers

Scotland midfielder Liam Bridcutt's potential loan move to Leeds United is in the balance after Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said the deal for the 26-year-old was "confused - like Leeds". (Yorkshire Evening Post)external-link

Former Everton and Scotland striker James McFadden, who has been training with Philadelphia Union after being released by St Johnstone, could be about to relaunch his career in the Indian Super League with a move to Kerala Blasters.(The Hard Tackle)external-link

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings revealed that he had ditched fried food to improve his form as a prolific goalscoring streak was acknowledged with the Scotland under-21 international being named Ladbrokes Championship player of the month for October. (The Scotsman)external-link

The consortium led by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson looks poised to end its interest in a takeover of Australian A-League club Newcastle Jets. (The Sun, print edition)


Scottish sport is bracing itself for inevitable budget cuts as a result of Chancellor George Osborne's spending revue, with measures due to be announced at the end of November. (The Herald, print edition)

Mo Farah will take part in his first cross country race for five years when he begins his Olympic year with an appearance in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country on 9 January.(The Herald)external-link

Edinburgh and Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist is on course for a return to action later this month from the arm injury that cut short his Rugby World and hopes the rotten luck that has dogged him over the past year is about to change. (The Scotsman)external-link

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