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Alex Rae has joined Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown as former Rangers players who have held talks with the Glasgow club about a possible coaching role under new manager Pedro Caixinha.(Daily Record)

Bob Malcolm, who was Barry Ferguson's assistant at Clyde, says the former Rangers captain would have an eye on eventually becoming manager himself should he become an assistant to Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox. (Daily Record)

Rangers chairman Dave King has revealed he is considering legal action against former manager Mark Warburton over his contentious departure from the Ibrox club last month.(The Scotsman)

Mark Warburton, who is now manager of Nottingham Forest, was "too thin-skinned" to be Rangers manager, according to Ibrox chairman Dave King. (The Sun)

Rangers chairman Dave King says the Ibrox side must challenge Celtic for the Scottish title in Pedro Caixinha's first full season as manager.(The Herald)

Ronny Deila, now managing Valerenga after leaving Celtic, believes Pedro Caixinha has an easier task taking control of Rangers than he had when appointed by their Glasgow rivals as he was a manager little known in Scotland taking over an already successful team. (The Herald, print edition)

Dave King has defended being based in South Africa and says being Rangers chairman has only provided 10 hours of fun - the Scottish Cup win over Celtic last season - and that he spends more time in the UK than he would like because of the problems faced by the Scottish Premiership club.(The Scotsman)

Rangers have been close to a truce for some time with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct over the merchandise contract that means the Ibrox club earns only seven pence in every pound of club-branded goods sold by the retailer. (Daily Telegraph)

Alex Rae
Alex Rae is one of four former Rangers players said to be talking to the club about a coaching role

Rangers hope to be able to sell their own jerseys this summer - if shareholder Mike Ashley's Sports Direct accepts a new contract that is heavily weighted towards the football club instead of the retail group.(The Sun)

Scotland have failed in an attempt to persuade England Under-21 international Alfie Mason to switch allegiance after becoming aware of the 23-year-old London-born Swansea City central defender's eligibility. (Daily Express, print edition)

Charlie Adam and fellow Scotland cap Phil Bardsley could be released this summer at the end of their contracts after Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said he would reduce the number of older players in his squad next season. (Daily Record, print edition)

Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird has dedicated his first goal for Canada - in the midweek draw with Scotland - to his Scottish father, Bill, who passed away at the turn of the year. (The Sun, print edition)

Swedish top-flight club Ostersunds are considering a move for Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald.(The Sun)

Falkirk 17-year-old Tony Gallacher admits that the pressure that came from being linked with Barcelona this season led to a loss of form. (The Sun)

Scotland assistant Mark McGhee is eager to get back into management following his sacking by Motherwell.(Daily Record)

Gordon Strachan is more concerned about Scotland beating Slovenia and keeping their World Cup qualification hopes alive than avoiding the sack as head coach, according to assistant Mark McGhee. (The National)

Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald
Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald is being linked with a move to Sweden

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong is relaxed about the high expectations being placed on his shoulders ahead of a hotly anticipated debut for Scotland against Slovenia on Sunday.(The Herald)

The return of five Celtic players rested for the midweek 1-1 draw with Canada can raise Scotland's spirits against Slovenia on Sunday, assistant Mark McGhee believes. (The Scotsman)

Experienced Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes is close to extending his Hearts contract by another 12 months. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Defender Kieran Kennedy has left Motherwell by mutual consent to continue his career in the English semi-professional ranks.(Motherwell FC)

Former Celtic and Rangers goalkeeper Mark Brown will end his senior career on Saturday against Ayr United, with the Dumbarton 36-year-old due to start training to be a police officer. (The Scotsman, print edition)


Andy Murray is poised to miss Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final in France next month after captain Leon Smith urged the world number one not to rush his recovery from an elbow injury and flu-like virus. (The Sun)

Willem Nel's hopes of making the British and Irish Lions tour appear to be over after Edinburgh coach Duncan Hodge confirmed that the tighthead prop will return from injury this season. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Promoter Barry McGuigan says Josh Taylor, who defends his Commonwealth super-lightweight title against South African Warren Joubert, must build up his experience before thinking of facing world champion Ricky Burns.(The National)

Barry McGuigan believes that protege Josh Taylor is not far off fighting for a world title as the 26-year-old Scot prepares to defend his Commonwealth super-lightweight title against South African Warren Joubert at Meadowbank. (Daily Record)

Sally Watson is hoping to put an injury-plagued 2016 behind her on the Ladies European Tour, with the 25-year-old setting her sights on joining the American LPGA Tour.(The National)

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