Football news in brief: Sasa Papac on verge of move to La Liga’s Osasuna

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SASA Papac is in talks about moving to La Liga. The former Rangers defender has yet to find a new club after his contract expired in the summer, following six years at Ibrox.

However, the Bosnian stopper is on the verge of sealing a deal to move to Spain with Osasuna, who finished in seventh place in their top-flight last term. When Papac, 32, quit Ibrox, he said would take his time considering his next move. He said: “I will go home and rest and make my decision. I need a rest, I had a lot of injuries.

Dailly hangs up boots to step into coach’s shoes

Former Scotland star Christian Dailly has hung up his boots. Dailly, who won 67 caps, announced his retirement from football after a spell at Paul Sturrock’s English League Two outfit Southend last season. The 38-year-old began his career at Dundee United where he won the Scottish Cup before going onto Rangers, West Ham and Derby County and is now focusing on the next stage of his career.

Dailly said: “I feel it’s the right thing to do. I’m doing a sports science degree and am also involved in athletics coaching”

No new stadium for East Fife, says local council

East Fife have been forced to abandon plans to move into a new 3,000-seater stadium in Leven after the council refused permission to build it. The Methil-based club unveiled the proposals two years ago but Fife council have rejected the idea, which was expected to cost £4.5 million.

East Fife chairman Sid Collumbine said: “The council was adamant. We met with the council’s planners and they point blank told us that they were not going to let us build there.”

Albion Rovers to sign Rangers youth Dick

Albion Rovers manager Todd Lumsden has shaken hands on a deal that will bring Rangers youngster Gordon Dick to the Second Division Coatbridge club. Central midfielder Dick, who played for Scotland at under-17 level, was released by the Ibrox side at the end of last season and he impressed Lumsden during pre-season training with the Cliftonhill side.

Lumsden said: “The paperwork has still to be completed but we have shaken hands on a deal to bring Gordon to our club.”

Keeper prays for return to cash–strapped Pars

Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher is hoping to return at the end of the month to resolve the Pars’ crisis between the sticks.

The Scotland cap has been out since December with ligament damage and a fracture bone. Manager Jim Jefferies only has untried youngster Ryan Goodfellow as cover and has no room to manoeuvre given the financial uncertainty caused by Rangers’ demise. Gallacher said: “It has been a long drawn out process.” The Fife outfit return to competitive action on July 28 away to Forfar in the Challenge Cup.