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Rangers consider share issue after poor season ticket sales, Terry Butcher sacked as Hibs manager and Celtic reveal new tartan kit.

Picture: Celtic FC
Picture: Celtic FC
Picture: Celtic FC

Rangers consider £8m share issue

The Ibrox side are considering launching a new share scheme that would be offered to targeted shareholders only. Members of the Ibrox board met with representatives from anonymous Blue Pitch and Margarita holdings following poor season ticket sales which have pushed the club close to another insolvency event. (Record)

Terry Butcher sacked

Lee Ann Dempster says the decision to sack Terry Butcher was down to her and not chairman Rod Petrie. Dempster says she ensured the proposal for his dismissal was put to the board. (Sun)

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- Rod Petrie could step down as Hibs chairman but keep his place on the board in a move being considered by the Easter Road club to help encourage season ticket sales

Celtic reveal new away kit

Celtic’s new away kit will feature a tartan pattern next season as revealed by captain Scott Brown. The strip features the club’s tartan and two gold lines to signify the Celtic cross.

New Celtic manager eyes up old players

Ronny Deila was back at his old club Stromsgodset to watch their 2 - 1 win over Haugesund on Monday. It is understood the new Parkhead boss is interested in 15 year-old playmaker Martin Odegaard. New Stromsgodset boss David Nielson says Celtic could not afford the talented teenager and that he is destined for Barcelona. (Sun)

SFA consider moving out of Hampden

The SFA have hired consultants to look into whether the governing body should renew its tenancy deal at Hampden when it expires in 2020.

Hampden is owned by League 2 side Queen’s Park. (Various)

Rangers back in for Gavin Gunning

The Ibrox side are in contention to sign defender Gavin Gunning from Dundee United after Sheffield United withdrew their offer on medical grounds. Rangers

are also interested in Don Cowie but face competition from Burnley and Blackburn.

- Ally McCoist is poised to sign Darren McGregor after beating competition from Hearts to sign the 28 year-old for free after his deal expired with St Mirren. (Sun)

Ayr chairman hits out at Rangers spending

Lachlan Cameron has criticised the amount of money spent by Rangers to progress through the lower leagues of Scottish football. His comments come as Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace said Ally McCoist’s budget will not be altered as they bid to win promotion to the top flight of Scottish football.

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He said: “ The system is broke, as it stands, it’s clubs like us who play by the rules - who are being penalised while those who go bust and screw taxpayers flourish.”


• Albion Rovers have sacked manager Jamie Ward who has been replaced by player-manager Darren Young

• Csaba Laszlo is being considered as the new manager of Falkirk

• Inverness are considering deploying a plastic pitch similar to the one installed by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park

• Scotland international Darren Fletcher may need surgery on a toe he broke in the last game of the season and is in danger of missing the start of the season for Manchester United