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Joey Barton, the 34-year-old midfielder who has been under a club suspension following a training-ground disagreement, will not report back to Rangers on Monday as planned after internal disciplinary procedures began following his Scottish FA charge for betting irregularities. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

The final decision on Joey Barton's future will be taken by Rangers' board and not manager Mark Warburton after the English midfielder's club suspension for a training-ground row. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Bristol City, who expressed an interest this summer, are poised to make a transfer bid for Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn during the January transfer window. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Slovakia after the midfielder suffered a thigh strain in the first half of the 1-1 draw with Lithuania on Saturday night. (Scotland On Sunday)

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton
Is Joey Barton on his way out of Ibrox

Captain Darren Fletcher believes Tuesday's hosts, Slovakia, will be under even more pressure than his Scotland side in their Group F World Cup qualifier after losing both their opening fixtures. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher believes his side can effectively end Slovakia's hopes of World Cup qualification with a win in Trnva on Tuesday. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur, who scored Scotland's equaliser against Lithuania on Saturday after replacing Darren Fletcher at half-time, has admitted he feared for his career after picking up a knee injury during pre-season.(Sunday Herald)

Midfielder James McArthur believes his late equaliser against Lithuania at Hampden has kept Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign on track as they can now go to Slovakia on Tuesday and take all three points. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Lithuania's backroom staff had to dash to a Falkirk sports shop for new strips ahead of facing Scotland after forgetting to bring an alternative goalkeeper's kit. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall says that he can understand why the team were booed off the park after the 1-1 draw with Lithuania. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

James McArthur celebrates scoring for Scotland
James McArthur reportedly feared for his career through injury this summer

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi believes the World Cup finals have been poorer for Scotland's absence. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is neck and neck with AC Milan keeper Donnarumma Gianluigi in the race to be crowned Europe's best under-21 player haven taken 10% of the vote conducted by Italian website Tuttosport. (Sunday Mail)

Singer and Celtic fan Rod Stewart has donated cash to a fund set up after Rangers fan Ryan Baird died in a bus crash at the weekend.(Scotland On Sunday)

Former Scotland striker and English top-flight coach Joe Jordan has called for any manager found to have accepted "a bung" when signing players to be given a lifetime ban from football. (Sunday Herald)

Celtic have appointed former Real Madrid coach Jack Nayler as their new head of sports science. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ricky Burns' hoped-for £1m payday against Adrien Broner following the retention of his world light-welterweight title will not now happen in December because the Scot sustained a perforated eardrum in the win over Keyril Relikh. (Scotland On Sunday)

Nick Blackwell, who suffered bleeding in his skull after a fight, has revealed he hid headaches from the authorities before suffering the injury that put him in a coma and has called for brain scans ahead of boxing fights after the death of Scotsman Mike Towell.(Sunday Mail)

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend believes it was just a blip that no team from the Pro12 reached the knockout stage of the Champions Cup last season. (Sunday Herald)

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