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Rangers shareholders have pledged £5m for new signings this summer as they prepare to challenge for the Scottish Premiership title after winning the Championship and promotion. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra, the 33-year-old whose contract with Arabian Gulf League club Al Fujairah ends this summer, would love to return to Ibrox and has revealed he has been in touch with assistant manager David Weir. (Daily Express, print edition)

Gedion Zelalem, the 19-year-old Arsenal, is open to returning to Rangers - where he is on loan - next season. (Evening Standard)external-link

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs insists that refusing to give Rangers a guard of honour at Easter Road after the Glasgow side clinched the Championship title should not be viewed as a sign of disrespect. (The Herald)external-link

Alan Stubbs thinks Hibernian have already shown Rangers enough respect and do not need to perform a guard of honour on Wednesday, when the Ibrox side visit Easter Road in their first league outing since becoming champions. (The Scotsman)external-link

Madjid Bougherra in action for Algeria
Algeria defender Madjid Bougherra would reportedly jump at the chance to return to Rangers

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday insists there will be no hard feelings if Hibernian snub calls for Alan Stubbs' team to give Rangers a guard of honour on Wednesday night. (The National)external-link

Midfielder Marvin Bartley is against his Hibernian side giving Championship champions Rangers a guard of honour, saying he is "a professional footballer, not a fan". (Daily Express, print edition)

Meanwhile Bartley preferred to watch an episode of Antiques Roadshow rather than Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers to find out who Hibs would be playing in the final. (The Scotsman)external-link

Manager Alan Stubbs is to talk to James Keatings after the Hibernian striker posted a message in support of Celtic ahead of the Glasgow side's Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on Sunday. (The Scotsman)external-link

Ronny Deila will step down as Celtic manager at the end of the season with the Glasgow club and the Norwegian's agent refusing to deny reports in his homeland and former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes becoming the bookmakers' favourite to succeed him. (Daily Express)external-link

An Irish bookmaker has had a flurry of bets on Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane succeeding Ronny Deila at his former club, Celtic, after a Norwegian TV channel broadcast a story suggesting that the present manager would definitely leave the Glasgow club at the end of the season. (The National)external-link

Former Celtic midfielder Paul McStay thinks the side's current players looked unfit as they lost the Scottish Cup semi-final to Rangers and he does not think manager Ronny Deila's system of playing one striker is "the Celtic way". (The Sun, print edition)

Paul McStay has urged left-back Kieran Tierney, who was discovered by the former Celtic captain's father, John, a club scout, and has broken into the Scotland side at the age of 18, to remain with the Glasgow outfit despite interest from English Premier League clubs. (The Scotsman)external-link

Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, who has been highly praised this season in the German Bundesliga, has revealed that he was on the brink of joining fellow Norwegian Ronny Deila at Celtic last summer until his club appointed a new coach who wanted to keep him. (Daily Record, print edition)

Jamille Matt in action for Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town striker Jamille Matt, presently on loan to Plymouth Argyle, is being linked with Motherwell

Motherwell are keen on signing Fleetwood Town striker Jamille Matt, who has scored four goals in his last five games on loan to Plymouth Argyle, but the English League Two promotion hopefuls want to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent contract. (The Sun, print edition)

Motherwell midfielder Stephen Pearson believes that Mark McGhee should be a candidate for manager of the year for leading their side clear of relegation trouble and into the top six in the Scottish Premiership. (The Herald)external-link

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has waived his right to a £100,000 salary he receives from the club, who sit bottom of the Scottish Premiership.(The Sun)external-link

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen says his side are determined not to face being relegated from the Scottish Premiership against neighbours Dundee at Dens Park when they meet on Monday 2 May. (The Scotsman)external-link

Ross County have launched a temporary website to deal with ticketing following the accidental deletion of the club's official site. (Press and Journal)external-link


England manager Eddie Jones has told the mass-circulation Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, that Scotland are not a strong team and were fortunate to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals as they "were lucky to beat Samoa, they beat USA, they beat us (Japan), and we had four days' preparation, and they were beaten by Australia and South Africa. (The Scotsman)external-link

The Ryder Cup helped to more than double pre-tax profit at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire last year, with accounts to the end of June for the world-famous golf resort showing a profit before tax up from £1.96m to £4.2m. (The Courier)external-link

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