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The Rumour Mill: Thursday’s Scottish football news and gossip

Sven-Goran Eriksson is reportedly keen on the Scotland job. Picture: PA

Sven-Goran Eriksson is reportedly keen on the Scotland job. Picture: PA

In today’s Rumour Mill: Sven-Goran Eriksson ‘interested in Scotland job’; SFL agrees reconstruction plan; Rangers wage cap; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

Sven for Scotland?

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has emerged as a shock applicant for the Scotland manager’s job. The Swede is currently technical director at Thai club Tero Sasana on an open-ended contract. But the 64-year-old has reportedly told his representatives that he is interested in speaking to the Scottish Fooball Association about the prospect of replacing Craig Levein. (Evening Times)

• Billy Stark’s period as interim Scotland manager started last night with a 2-1 victory over Luxembourg. But on his own long-term managerial ambitions, he said: “It’s not about me. That’s not in my thoughts.” (Scotsman)

SFL clubs agree on reconstruction plans

The 30 Scottish Football League clubs have voted unanimously to pursue a reconstruction proposal which chief executive David Longmuir believes will breathe new life into the game. The SFL met yesterday to discuss a three tier 16-10-16 league structure, which does not as yet include Old Firm reserve teams as reported in advance of the meeting. (Various)

• Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton believes the SFA may have to get involved if the SPL and SFL cannot agree upon a plan for league reconstruction. (Express)

Wage cap at Rangers

Charles Green has promised to impose a wage cap at Rangers which will end big-name signings, as details emerged from a broker’s report prepared ahead of next month’s share issue launch. The Ibrox chief executive said: “The players can start forgetting about crazy wages because the wages that have been paid in the past are not supportable by football clubs.” (STV)

• Rangers boss Ally McCoist is short of defensive options, with Ross Perry, Emilson Cribari and Sebastian Faure all facing spells on the sidelines. (Sun)

Hearts fans’ body won’t walk away

The fans’ body hoping to assume control of Hearts say they will not walk away despite having their latest offer dismissed as “opportunistic”. The Foundation of Hearts say they remain determined to “collaborate and connect” with the board as they seek to find the best way of convincing majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov to hand over the Tynecastle club free of debt and liabilities. (Scotsman)

• Alex Mackie, the leader of the fans’ group, said a membership scheme would mirror the set-up at Barcelona. (Mail)

Pars Alive in talks with directors

Dunfermline fans’ group Pars Alive has held “positive” talks with members of the East End Park board but insist funds raised will be kept entirely separate from the cash-strapped club. The inception of the group was revealed this week, as Pars fans unite to stave off financial worries at the Fife outfit with a series of fund-raising schemes planned. The First Division club need to find £81,000 to pay a tax bill due to HMRC, with £50,000 scheduled to be paid on Monday and a further £31,000 due two days later. (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Ross County boss Derek Adams plans to bolster his squad in the January transfer window: “There will definitely be movement in January.” (Sun)

• Hartlepool chief executive Russ Green insists former Livingston manager John Hughes was the club’s first choice to succeed Neale Cooper. (Various)

• Former St Mirren and Kilmarnock youngster Ross Lindsay has joined Clyde on a short-term deal. (Express)

 

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