Rumour Mill: Warburton on Ibrox exit | director of football interests McLeish | Walker on Scotland snub

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Mark Warburton remains hopeful the truth will emerge about his exit from Rangers, Alex McLeish says he’d consider becoming a director of football, and Jamie Walker has revealed his disappointment at missing out on the Scotland squad.

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Mark Warburton left Rangers earlier this year. Picture: John Devlin

Mark Warburton left Rangers earlier this year. Picture: John Devlin

Warburton on Ibrox exit

Mark Warburton insists there have been several untrue claims coming out about his departure from Rangers earlier this year. The club said in a statement that the reason for the exit of Warburton, along with assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland, was that the trio had offered their resignations in order to join Nottingham Forest, a move which fell through at the time. Warburton, who finally became Forest boss earlier this week, hopes the truth will emerge at the end of the legal process. (Evening Times)

- Warburton has praised the backing of Rangers fans and said it was an honour to manage the club. (Various)

McLeish open to director of football

Having missed out on the job of becoming the next manager of Rangers, Alex McLeish says he’s interested in trying his hand at a director of football position, but insists he’s not touting himself for the job at Ibrox. The Rangers board are still looking for candidates to fill the position after Ross Wilson turned down the opportunity. McLeish says he’s considered taking a more executive role in recent months. (Daily Record)

- McLeish believes his former club Aberdeen must do everything in their power to keep manager Derek McInnes if bigger teams show interest in the highly-rated manager. (Press and Journal)

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Walker on Scotland snub

Jamie Walker today revealed his disappointment at being overlooked for the Scotland squad after the finest season of his Hearts career to date. The winger resolved to use the international snub as motivation to prove he deserves a full cap after scoring 15 goals in 30 domestic games for Hearts this term. (Evening News)

Hibs to break season tickets record

Hibs are on track to sell a record number of season tickets after fans snapped up 2000 in the first fortnight of sale, it was revealed today. The “Born a Hibee” campaign – with prices again frozen for the 2017/18 season – has resulted in sales running at more than twice the rate of this time last year. The number of season ticket holders has grown by 46 per cent in the past year, reaching 11,300 by Christmas, but now Hibs are on target to beat the all-time record 11,500 mark. (Evening News)

McGhee receives six-game ban

Mark McGhee has been hit with a six-game ban for his antics during and after Motherwell’s 7-2 win over Aberdeen last month. The former Fir Park boss was sent to the stand and heavily criticised the fourth official in front of the media after the match. He’ll have to serve the suspension if he finds another club, following his exit from Motherwell in February. (Daily Mail)

Fraser injury

Struggling Dundee United have been dealt a further set-back as it appears midfielder Scott Fraser could miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. The youngster hobbled off during the recent 3-2 defeat away to St Mirren and, if the initial diagnosis is correct, it means the Championship promotion chasers will be without one of the more influential talents for the run-in. (Evening Telegraph)

McIntyre warning

Jim McIntyre has warned his Ross County players not to get caught up in the Highland derby occasion as they aim to net a vital three points away to rivals Inverness CT. County have won both encounters this season. If they can make it three from three, it would go a long way to ensuring their top flight safety. (Press and Journal)

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