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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

South Africa-based businessman Dave King has edged closer to a fresh financial investment in Rangers following intense discussions with directors Sandy and James Easdale over the weekend and will remain in Scotland until Wednesday in an attempt to conclude a deal.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Rangers director Dave King is travelling to London for a final round of talks over a possible return to Ibrox, this time meeting representatives from the AIM Stock Market's board and Paul Shackelton of club advisors Daniel Stewart brokers, who need to approve his involvement.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Former Aberdeen and Motherwell midfielder Stephen Hughes, who played in East Fife's 4-0 defeat by Rangers, believes the League One leaders are good enough to win the Scottish Cup.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has publicly told Cardiff City that Scotland winger James Forrest is not for sale following reports of interest from the Premier League club managed by former Hoops defender Malky Mackay.

Full story: Daily Record

AIK Stockholm defender Alexander Milosevic, a long-term Celtic transfer target and who has also interested AC Milan, Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fiorentina and Tottenham Hotspur, says he is ready for a move in January.

Alexander Milosevic (left) in action for AIK against Manchester United
Milosevic (left) has been linked with a number of clubs around Europe, including Celtic

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Ajax are in disarray ahead of their Champions League return meeting with Celtic after they were booed off the pitch by their own fans following a 0-0 home draw with the Eredivisie's bottom side, Waalwijk.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

Celtic have added injury concerns ahead of next week's Champions League meeting with Ajax, with left-back Emilio Izaguirre suffering concussion and striker Georgios Samaras needing stitches in a knee injury after their 2-1 win over Partick Thistle.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Hibernian defender Michael Nelson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after he had an operation to have two metal plates inserted in a cheekbone broken in three places during the Edinburgh club's 1-1 draw with Celtic.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Kilmarnock summer signing Ismael Bouzid will see a specialist within 24 hours after missing Saturday's win over Hearts with a knee injury, but fears that fellow defender Darren Barr suffered concussion during the game have eased.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

Scotland winger Chris Burke will be fit for next month's friendly against United States despite limping off during Birmingham City's 1-1 draw with Derby County.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has tipped Stevie May to make a successful step up to Scotland's senior squad after the under-21 striker's performance in the 2-0 win over Motherwell, a match watched by national manager Gordon Strachan.

Full story: The Scotsman

Foundation of Hearts chairman Ian Murray MP is hopeful a "massive" week for the embattled Tynecastle club will begin today with parent company Ubig finally being declared bankrupt, a pivotal step as they work towards a successful takeover of the club presently in administration.

Full story: The Scotsman

Stranraer trialist Steven Bell defied doctors' orders to face his former club, Dunfermline Athletic, on Saturday, the 28-year-old midfielder having been advised to give up football after picking up an ankle injury in 2010.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors may have to do without Niko Matawalu, their talismanic scrum-half, until at least the end of the year after the 24-year-old Fijian was cited for an alleged biting incident during Friday's Pro12 defeat by Munster at Scotstoun.

Full story: The Herald

Pro12 organisers will conduct a double investigation after Glasgow Warriors have accused Munster's Conor Murray of elbowing Niko Matawalu, who has himself been accused of biting, during the Scottish side's Pro12 defeat on Friday.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Sydney-born Scotland hooker Ben Fisher, the London Broncos 32-year-old, says he will retire at the end of the Rugby League World Cup.

Full story: The Scotsman

Paul di Resta overcame a bout of Delhi belly to end a seven-race run out of the points when he finished eighth in Force India's home grand prix.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)