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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Despite all five directors being voted back into their posts at Rangers' annual meeting, the long-term future of financial director Brian Stockbridge is now in doubt after he won just 65% of support for re-election.

Full story: Daily Record

Former Rangers director Paul Murray, who failed to win election to the board at the club's annual meeting, has warned that Graham Wallace's attempts to take the club forward will be meaningless if the chief executive is an isolated voice on the board.

Full story: The Herald

Paul Murray has called for the immediate resignation of financial director Brian Stockbridge despite the failure of the former Rangers director and his shareholder colleagues to be voted on to the board at the club's annual meeting.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Despite failing in their bid to win a seat in the Ibrox boardroom, the group of requisitioners led by Paul Murray reckon they convinced the Rangers supporters that the current board can't be trusted.

Full story: Daily Record

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, one of Rangers' largest supporters groups, has warned the board and fellow fans that a boycott of the club could have catastrophic consequences and fears the Glasgow outfit will not survive another financial catastrophe following the liquidation crisis last summer.

Full story: The Scotsman

Celtic will have to pay a minimum of £2.4m to sign USA striker Aron Johannsson, who manager Neil Lennon watched score twice for AZ Alkmaar in a Dutch Cup victory over Heerenveen on Wednesday.

AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson
Aron Johannsson was watched in action for Alkmaar by Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Full story: Daily Record

Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason has delivered a blow to Celtic's hopes of signing him by revealing that his dream is to play in English football should he leave Heerenveen.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

West Ham could scupper Celtic's hopes of signing Alfred Finnbogason as the English Premier League club have also had the Heerenveen striker watched as they search for a new striker.

Full story: Daily Express

Georgios Samaras' potential move to Serie A disappeared in confusion as Lazio declared that the Celtic striker is not one of their transfer targets in January despite newspaper reports of a likely January bid.

Full story: The Scotsman

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who had Aiden McGeady in his side at Celtic, is not surprised that the Glasgow-born midfielder has fallen out with his coach at Spartak Moscow because the international is "a cantankerous git".

Full story: Irish Independent

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has sanctioned the release of winger Curtis Allan, who has failed to break into the first team following injury after joining the club in the summer.

Full story: The Scotsman (print edition)

Northern Ireland striker Billy McKay says it would take something special to force him to consider a move away from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January as he is happy with the Premiership club, to whom he is contracted until summer 2015.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Goalkeeper David Cornell will return to Swansea City in January after failing to break into St Mirren's first-team while on loan, while French striker Stephane Bahoken has already returned to parent club Nice.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Henri Anier's agent says remaining at Motherwell is only one option for the striker, whose loan deal from Viking Stavanger ends in January.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

Former Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui says he wants to remain at Brentford rather than go on loan to Partick Thistle.

Full story: Get West London

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald fears he will miss out on signing striker Farid El Alagui because Brentford are looking for a new manager after Uwe Rosler moved to Wigan Athletic.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston could face a January rebuilding exercise as Ismael Bouzid, David Silva and Barry Nicholson are out of contract, while loan deals for Michael Gardyne and Jackson Irvine are due to end.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Midfielder Mark Millar says he would prefer to extend his loan with Falkirk if the alternative is to be on the bench with Dundee United.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Ross County have taken former Dundee United defender Garry Kenneth, who has been released by Bristol Rovers, on trial.

Full story: The Herald (print edition)

Ross County manager Derek Adams insists that all is well in his relationship with chairman Roy MacGregor despite seven games without a victory.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Jim Jefferies has signed a new two-year contract as Dunfermline Athletic manager, with the 63-year-old saying that the deal will to take him into retirement in summer 2015.

Full story: The Herald

Sir Alex Ferguson beat his previous mark on ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to secure £50,000 for the Manchester United Foundation.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Triple Indy500 winner and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti said he has "no regrets" as he held his first news conference in America since he announced his retirement from racing after being injured in a serious accident.

Full story: The Scotsman

Scotland forward Dave Denton had been courted by Aviva Premiership clubs, with Leicester and Gloucester understood to be at the front of the queue, before deciding to sign a new two-year contract with Edinburgh.

Full story: Daily Record

French clubs were interested, along with some from England's top flight, in Dave Denton's signature as the 23-year-old contemplated his future before re-signing for Edinburgh.

Full story: The Scotsman

Being left out of the side on Sunday for Edinburgh's 16-10 Heineken Cup victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm helped convince Dave Denton to re-sign for the Pro12 club as it proved the club had the strength in depth to rest him and still record a victory.

Full story: The Herald

Scottish duo Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher were to be sent out to try to give Europe a fast start as angry captain Jose Maria Olazabal urged his players to turn the opening session in the Royal Trophy into the "stuff of nightmares" for Asia in China after their opponents predicted a victory.

Full story: The Scotsman

Former international Paul Hoffmann has urged Cricket Scotland officials to consider making the former Australian Test bowler Andy Bichel their new head coach.

Full story: The Herald