Scottish Gossip: Stewart Regan, SFA, Celtic, Rangers, Morelos

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Stewart Regan, who has resigned as Scottish FA chief executive, jumped before he was pushed as Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster emerges as a contender for the vacancy. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Dempster is the early frontrunner to replace Regan. (The National)external-link

Leeann Dempster
Hibs' Dempster previously worked at Motherwell

Regan lost the support of most of his board of directors. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Former first minister Henry McLeish, who authored the 2010 review of Scottish football, says Regan had simply been "worn down" by political in-fighting. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, the SFA may face having to pay a multi-million pound sum to referees for unpaid holiday pay dating back decades following a landmark legal ruling. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether Hearts' Harry Cochrane, 16, was physically ready for a set-to with Celtic captain Scott Brown on Tuesday evening, following Hearts manager Craig Levein's assertion that players need protected from Brown, 32. (Daily Mail)external-link

Celtic rejected a late enquiry from Crystal Palace on deadline day about the availability of French striker Moussa Dembele, 21. (Scottish Sun)external-link

New Celtic defender Jack Hendry, 22, says "it's brilliant to be back" at the club, having been an apprentice there as a youth. (Daily Record)external-link

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson finds it hard to understand why his old club would not accept a reported £7.5m bid from China's Beijing Renhe for striker Alfredo Morelos, 21, if indeed such an offer was made. (Daily Record)external-link

Team-mate Josh Windass is delighted Morelos is staying at Rangers. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos
Windass and Morelos have scored 22 goals between them this season

Aberdeen's new goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who has joined on loan from Newcastle United, is determined to be first choice at Pittodrie. (Evening Express)external-link

Hearts manager Craig Levein revealed new signing Joaquim Adao, 25, brought him Swiss chocolates when he arrived on transfer deadline day and hopes the Angolan's influence will allow others to push forward, having struggled to fill the defensive midfield berth. (Scotsman)external-link

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, 30, will leave Hearts at the end of the season to return to England. (Scottish Sun)external-link

RUGBY UNION GOSSIP

The roof of the Principality Stadium will be closed for Saturday's Six Nations opener between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff. (Scotsman)external-link

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