Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Poyet, Wright, Celtic, Zidane, Jack, Scotland

Football gossip


Losses at Rangers have more than doubled to £6.7m after severing ties with Sports Direct, figures show. Ibrox accounts reveal that chairman Dave King and his board forked out £3m to free themselves from their deal with Mike Ashley five years early. (Daily Record)external-link

Gus Poyet is the latest high profile figure to be linked with Rangers' managerial vacancy. The 49-year-old Uruguayan, who managed in the English Premier League with Sunderland and won the League One title with Brighton, is out of work following his resignation from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. (Herald)external-link

Dundee United are planning a move for St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright - after missing out on him two years ago.(Scottish Sun) external-link

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet is the latest name to be linked with Rangers

Brendan Rodgers' Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic are one game away from breaking a 100-year-old British and club record run of 62 domestic games without defeat. (Herald, print edition)

Graeme Murty says he is ready to become Rangers manager after watching the success of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. The Ibrox club's interim boss says: "This is the first and last time I will use the name Zidane. He hasn't done too badly in his first managerial job." (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies insists the club are not being driven by the desire to make history - but the determination to remain the top side in Scotland. (Daily Record) external-link

Ryan Jack will make his Scotland debut next week - at right back. The Rangers midfielder is to be used in defence when Malky Mackay takes charge of the national side face the Netherlands in a friendly at Pittodrie. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Three wins, three clean sheets and sitting third in the Scottish Premiership - Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has praised defender Efe Ambrose for his role in the Edinburgh club's recent good form. "He is playing serenely," says Lennon. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Rangers' interim boss Graeme Murty and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
Graeme Murty (left) says Zinedine Zidane "hasn't done too badly" at Real Madrid

Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain is expected to be dropped against Hibs on Saturday following a fall-out with manager Neil McCann. (Evening Telegraph)external-link

Ahead of facing Celtic at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson believes the gulf between Brendan Rodgers' side and the rest of Scottish football is "bigger than any time in my career". (Herald, print edition)

Celtic and Scotland midfielder Scott Brown has confirmed he will continue to make himself available for international duty for the foreseeable future. (Daily Express, print edition)

Ross Ford, Scotland's most capped player, is in danger of missing this month's Tests after picking up a chest injury in training.(National) external-link