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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Kilmarnock director Billy Bowie will make a last-ditch plea to Steve Clarke not to become Scotland head coach and is willing to play hardball with the Scottish FA over the £200,000 compensation for his manager, but the 55-year-old is keen to take the job as the governing body prepares to make an official approach on Monday. (Sunday Mail)

Alex Dyer says Steve Clarke is the best manager he has worked under despite the Kilmarnock assistant having learned from Sam Allardyce, Steve Coppell, Avram Grant, Eddie Gray, Chris Powell and Gianfranco Zola as both a player and a coach. (The National)

Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor does not expect any complaints from the club's fans if and when Steve Clarke quits to become Scotland head coach with their side one game away from clinching third place in the Scottish Premiership and qualifying for the Europa League. (Scotland On Sunday)

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, the 22-year-old who has been linked with Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund, says he has ambitions of playing in a "much better, more competitive league". (Goal.com)

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says striker Alfredo Morelos should remain at Ibrox for at least another season and conquer his demons, like Luis Suarez, after the Colombian's series of red cards this campaign. (The Herald On Sunday)

Assistant manager Gary McAllister believes Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is destined for the English  Premier  League. (Scottish Sun On Sunday)

Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann says it was "nice" to be linked with Rangers but says his loan spell with Kilmarnock has given him confidence he can return to Watford and compete for a starting place next season. (Scottish Sun On Sunday)

Promoted Sheffield United are preparing to make a club record £12m bid for Swansea City striker Oliver McBurnie, but they face a battle with Brighton & Hove Albion for the Scotland international. (Scottish Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Manager Stephen Robinson admits Motherwell will struggle to keep David Turnbull, who starred in Saturday's win over Livingston, at Fir Park next season despite chief executive Alan Burrows saying the 19-year-old midfielder would only leave for a club record fee. (Sunday Post)

St Johnstone striker Tony Watt, who is out of contract this summer, is on the verge of joining Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia after rejecting the offer of a new deal. (Scotland On Sunday)

Interim Celtic manager Neil Lennon will refuse to take credit for his side's Scottish Cup win if they complete the treble treble by beating Hearts on Saturday, insisting it will be all down to the players. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer says winning the treble treble will not eclipse the achievement of the Lisbon Lions who lifted the European Cup in 1967. (Scottish Sun On Sunday)

Manager Brian Rice says that ensuring Hamilton Academical will play Premiership football for a record sixth season has topped anything he has achieved in his career. (Sunday Post)

Scottish midfielder Andrew Shinnie says back-to-back promotions with Luton Town, who will play in England's Championship next season, justified his gamble of leaving Birmingham City. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish long-distance runner Andrew Butchart has split with San Diego-based coach Terrence Mahon, two months after girlfriend Lynsey Sharp parted company with the American, after a disappointing 10th place at the European Indoor Championships. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

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