Scottish Gossip: Dundee consider Dutch offer, Evans poised for rugby comeback

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Dundee are considering an investment offer from a Dutch consortium, which would take over the Dens Park club's youth set-up and appoint its own coaches as part of the deal. (Daily Express, print edition)

Partick Thistle have announced an annual loss of £300,000 despite the club recently revealing they are debt free. (Daily Record, print edition)

The Well Society, which has drawn up a five-year plan that it hopes will result in a fan takeover with the support of current owner Les Hutchison. is still more than 300 fee-paying members shy of its 2000 target and has urged more supporters to sign up while the club is in good health instead of when it might face new financial problems.(The National)

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley has urged Motherwell supporters to secure the club's future by signing up to potential owners the Well Society, with majority shareholder Les Hutchison having recently stated that initial enthusiasm had "waned" and making it clear that he will not fund the Scottish Premiership club indefinitely. (The Scotsman)

Hearts forward Jamie Walker with his blue hair
A photo of Hearts forward Jamie Walker's blue hair was tweeted by team-mate Neil Alexander

Mike Ashley's legal team has accused Rangers of misleading their own fans and shareholders after it blocked the board's plan to have his voting rights removed after they insisted they had to freeze the Newcastle United owner out of Ibrox in order to comply with the Scottish FA's rules on dual ownership.(Daily Record)

Rangers are poised to sign Morocco Under-20 striker Tarik Fagrach after the 17-year-old was expelled from the Feyenoord academy following a bust-up with youth coach Jan Gosgens. (Evening Times)

Ajax head coach Frank de Boer, the former Rangers defender, believes Celtic have joined his club in struggling to live up to former European glories because of a decline in domestic standards and the absence of the traditional rivalry provided by the Ibrox side. (The Scotsman)

Manager Ronny Deila will attempt to strengthen his Celtic squad with experienced players during the January transfer window after midfielder Scott Brown was ruled out for up to three months with ligament damage. (The Herald)

Injury problems for Ajax could mean a debut against Celtic on Thursday for Donny van de Beek, the 18-year-old midfielder who is a target for Manchester United. (The Sun, print edition)

Manager Ronny Deila has revealed he may call striker Anthony Stokes and midfielder Scott Allan in from the cold against Ajax after Celtic's hopes of reviving their Europa League campaign suffered a huge blow with captain Scott Brown ruled out for up to three months. (The Scotsman)

Ajax's Donny van de Beek in action for Netherlands Under-19s
Netherlands Under-19s midfielder Donny van de Beek could make his Ajax debut against Celtic

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths believes Scott Allan, who has failed to become a first-team regular since arriving from Hibernian, can be our hero against Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday.(Daily Record)

Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan Edwards believes that being captain of the Australia Under-23 team and being called up to represent his country so often has hampered his chances of holding down a regular place in the Firhill first-team. (The Herald)

Hearts forward Jamie Walker, who has been troubled by a persistent knee complaint this season, required a hairdresser's treatment after an attempt to colour his hair blue at a friend's house left him red-faced.(The Scotsman)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have offered 27-year-old midfielder Ross Draper, who is out of contract in the summer, a new three-year deal. (Daily Express, print edition)

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen insists he did not mean to give offence with his post-match comments about St Johnstone's style of play at the weekend, having said the Perth side play for set-pieces and use long-ball tactics.(The Courier)

Cardiff City are continuing to monitor 26-year-old Sunderland and Scotland midfielder Liam Bridcutt before the emergency loan deadline. (Sunderland Echo)

OTHER GOSSIP

Thom Evans
Thom Evans briefly turned to athletics after retiring from rugby following injury

Former Scotland wing Thom Evans is poised to make a return to rugby five years after the spinal injury that almost cost him his life ,with the 30-year-old preparing to play in a sevens tournament in Dubai next week. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Jamie Murray played like a man on fire to get Britain to the Davis Cup final, according to captain and fellow Scot Leon Smith.(The National)

Former Davis Cup player Mark Petchey says that, without Andy Murray, there would be a gaping hole in British tennis at the top of the game. (The Herald)