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James Forrest has rejected the offer of a four-year contract extension with Celtic, with manager Ronny Deila saying the club will draw a line under negotiations with the 24-year-old Scotland winger as he prefers to concentrate on players who want to play for the Scottish champions.(Evening Times)external-link

Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers are two clubs likely to express an interest in James Forrest should the Scotland winger leave Celtic in the summer. (Daily Mail, print edition)

James Forrest faces being frozen out of Ronny Deila's squad for the rest of the season after rejecting a new contract, while Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre is poised to quit the Glasgow club this summer after losing his place to teenager Kieran Tierney. (The Sun, print edition)

Scotland winger James Forrest rejected a pay increase with Celtic because he wants to re-launch his career in English football. (Daily Record, print edition)

James Forrest at Celtic training
James Forrest is being linked with Norwich City and QPR after reportedly turning down a new Celtic contract

James Forrest, whose current contract expires in 2017, looks poised for a cut-price transfer from Celtic this summer after rejecting a four-year extension. (Daily Express, print edition)

Former Celtic striker Frank McGarvey is "amazed" James Forrest has turned down a contract extension with the Scottish champions and questioned whether the Scotland winger would get an offer from even a club in the English Championship. (The Herald)external-link

Former Celtic forward Joe Miller was surprised Celtic offered James Forrest a new contract because he does not think the 24-year-old Scotland winger would be missed from Ronny Deila's squad.(Daily Record)external-link

Football pundit Charlie Nicholas, the former Celtic and Arsenal forward, has snapped up Scotland and Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor's luxury Glasgow penthouse for almost £800,000, the former Rangers goalkeeper having been try to sell the property for more than four years. (The Scotsman)external-link

Billy Davies, the former Motherwell, Preston North End, Derby County and Nottingham Forest manager, has revealed he was approached by a third party about taking charge at Rangers, but the 51-year-old former Ibrox youth stated that he was put off due to "too much politics, too little football".(The Herald)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has admitted he would rather send youngsters out on loan to gain experience and play his under-17 squad in the under-20 league because he believes that Scotland's Development League does not prepare players for first-team football - and has all but pulled the plug on Rangers' involvement. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers are likely to reignite their interest in Dundee striker Greg Stewart this summer. (The Sun, print edition)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley says he will "have a chat" with his captain, Gary Harkins, after the midfielder ignited social media controversy by suggesting that potential Scottish Cup opponents Rangers are a new club following their liquidation in 2012. (The Courier)external-link

Dundee midfielder Gary Harkins has stated on Twitter that his comment about Rangers being a new club was "just a wee joke took too far".(The Scotsman)external-link

Former Ibrox administrators David Whitehouse and Paul Clark have had existing charges against them in the Rangers fraud case dropped, but the Crown has released a statement detailing its intent to present the administrators with fresh new charges. (Daily Record)external-link

Dundee midfielder Nick Ross thinks Gary Harkins has taken the heat off team-mate Darren O'Dea with his "new club" taunt at Rangers ahead of a potential Ibrox trip next week, the Irishman having hit the headlines in November as one of the few former Celtic players to weigh into the debate about whether the Glasgow club should have titles stripped following tax irregularities.(Daily Record)external-link

Billy Davies
Billy Davies is quoted as saying he rejected an approach to be Rangers manager

Dundee are poised to sign Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielders James Vincent and Danny Williams on pre-contract agreements. (Daily Express, print edition)

Hull City are finalising a transfer bid for 20-year-old Dundee United midfielder Blair Spittal, who still has a year of his contract to run at Tannadice. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Former West Ham United full-back Julien Faubert started a trial with Kilmarnock just as St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright was saying that the Frenchman had cut short his training stint at McDiarmid Park because he had offers in "sunnier climes". (Daily Mail, print edition)

Livingston are facing further sanctions after the Scottish FA launched a fresh investigation into the club over Neil Rankine, the Championship club having been fined £5,000 and given a transfer ban in April over their former majority shareholder's involvement with East Fife. (The Times, print edition)

Partick Thistle will almost certainly have to ask the Scottish Professional Football League for permission to have their first home matches of the 2016-17 season postponed as they seek to solve the drainage problems that have led to four matches at Firhill being postponed in the last two months. (The Times, print edition)

The Scottish Professional Football League has no plans to ask Queen's Park not to use Hampden Park for upcoming League Two games against East Fife and Berwick Rangers, despite concerns about the condition of the national stadium pitch ahead of the League Cup final between Hibernian and Ross County. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn admits he is "a bit embarrassed" by the supporters' song to the tune of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" that claims he is "better than Zidane". (The Scotsman)external-link

Montrose have exchanged contracts with former chairman Bryan Keith and Bon Accord Estates Ltd to re-purchase Links Park Stadium, the Aberdeen businessman having exchanged his investment for ownership of the stadium when he stepped down in 1996.(The Courier)external-link


Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, has insisted that Donald Trump's Turnberry remains on the Open Championship's list of venues despite the US presidential candidate's often controversial comments but admitted it could be years before the game's oldest major returns to the storied Ailsa Course.(The Herald)external-link

History will be made on Saturday when newly established Glasgow Alphas face Edinburgh Thebans square up at Murrayfield training ground in the first match between the two clubs containing a majority of gay and bisexual men. (Daily Record)external-link

Glasgow is likely to face a straight fight with Minsk to stage the 2019 European Indoor Championships after bids from Torun in Poland and Dutch city Apeldoorn fell behind the Scots and Belarus offers ahead of the vote on 23 April. (Daily Record, print edition)

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