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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has contacted Dutch club Ajax in the hope of starting talks aimed at forming a united front against proposals put forward by Bayern Munich that could shut smaller nations out of the Champions League, while Scottish Professional Football League counterpart Neil Doncaster is attempting to set up an urgent summit with league bosses from a host of smaller European countries.(Daily Record)

On-loan Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci, substituted after only 34 minutes of his debut for Eskisehirspor, was sent off in his second game, picking up two bookings within a minute after coming on as a substitute in a 3-2 win over Antalyaspor. (The Sun, print edition)

Shay Logan says that beating Celtic to the Scottish title would help persuade him to sign a new contract as the defender decides between continuing an enjoyable spell at Aberdeen and moving closer to his children living in Manchester.(The Scotsman)

Full-back Shay Logan believes his Aberdeen team are Scotland's answer to English Premier League leaders Leicester City and sees no reason why both underdogs cannot win their respective titles this season. (Daily Record)

Defender Paul Quinn, who left Aberdeen to return to Ross County in January, believes Aberdeen are capable of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Ahead of playing Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes thinks Celtic will prove too powerful for Monday's opponents in the title race, but midfielder Ross Draper believes the Dons have a chance of causing an upset.(The National)

Gordon Strachan (right) as a TV pundit
Gordon Strachan (right) will reportedly turn down invitations to be a pundit at Euro 2016

Lee Clark has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract to become the new manager of Kilmarnock and the 43-year-old former Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town boss poised to speak to the media on Monday.(Daily Mail)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller has insisted that nobody at the Championship leaders is concerned about their sudden loss of form up front - and confidently predicted they could net "three or four" against Kilmarnock in their Scottish Cup replay at Rugby Park on Tuesday. (The Herald)

The Scottish Legal Aid Board could withdraw funding for Craig Whyte's defence against charges that he and two others fraudulently obtained more than £28m to fund his takeover of Rangers as the bankrupt former Ibrox owner has been living in a £5m apartment in London's Belgravia.(Daily Record)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan will turn down offers to be an analyst at this summer's Euro 2016 finals because he would find it too painful after his side's failure to qualify for the tournament in France. (The Sun, print edition)

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, whose penalty save on Saturday rescued a point away to Hamilton Academical, believes that his Dundee United team can still avoid relegation despite falling 12 points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership. (Daily Express, print edition)

Goalkeeper Neil Alexander reckons Hearts' January signing Abiola Dauda is ready to make his presence felt against Hibernian in Tuesday's Scottish Cup replay showdown having followed his disappointing debut in the 2-2 draw at Tynecastle with two goals against Ross County. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Jamie McLeary secured one of the biggest cheques of his career with a first-ever top-10 European Tour finish in the Tshwane Open, won by pre-tournament favourite Charl Schwartzel by eight shots. (The Scotsman)