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Craig Mather has backed Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS
Craig Mather has backed Ally McCoist. Picture: SNS
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Rangers chief backs Ally McCoist, Paddy McCourt to leave Celtic, Hearts insist everything is fine despite financial scrutiny, and more

Rangers chief backs Ally

Rangers chief executive Craig Mather has given manager Ally McCoist his full backing, and even vowed to help him land his summer signing targets.

The move comes after documents emerged during Charles Green’s reign indicating a plot to change management. (The Daily Record)

Hearts play down focus on finances

Hearts have played down fresh scrutiny of their finances by other SPL clubs, saying that the club is not owned or operated by Ukio Bankas - the Lithuanian bank which collapsed with £300m in debt. (The Scotsman)

• Andy Webster says the state of the club’s finances means he is unsure of his future. (Various)

McCourt heads off

Paddy McCourt looks set to leave Celtic after the Scottish Cup Final.

His contract expires at the end of May and he is expected to pursue options as a free agent. (Daily Express)

Wright rejects ban

St Johnstone’s Frazer Wright has snubbed the SFA offer of just a two-game ban after it was claimed that he elbowed Celtic’s Mikael Lustig last week.

Steve Lomas, however, has backed Wright, saying he is not guilty of violent contact. (The Scotsman)

Stokes targets 100

Anthony Stokes says he wants to score 100 goals for Celtic.

With his current tally on 46, which he has bagged in less than three years, he has a fair bit of work to do if he is to join the list of just 28 men who have achieved the feat. (The Scotsman)

Griffiths hails captain

Leigh Griffiths has credited Hibs captain James McPake with keeping him out of trouble this season.

The SPL Player of the Year has had a quieter season on the pitch, with far less bookings. (The Sun)

Sheffield eye McCall

Sheffield United could be ready to grab Motherwell boss Stuart McCall next week.

It is thought that the English side will wait until after ‘Well’s last game this weekend to ask for permission to speak to him. (The Daily Record)

Samson in Motherwell snub

Craig Samson looks set to snub a move to Motherwell and go back to Kilmarnock.

The goalkeeper looks set to feature for Killie next season. (The Scotsman)