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David Weir could return to Ibrox as assistant to Mark Warburton. Picture: NSS
David Weir could return to Ibrox as assistant to Mark Warburton. Picture: NSS
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LEIGH Griffiths is set to become the subject of a £1 million bid from Leeds United, Rangers hold talks with Mark Warburton and David Weir about taking over the managerial duties at Ibrox, and Hearts owner Ann Budge insists Craig Levein is more valuable than Robbie Neilson to the Tynecastle club.

Leeds want Leigh Griffiths

Leeds United are set to make a £1 million offer in an attempt to take Leigh Griffiths from Celtic this summer.

The Yorkshire club want the in-form striker to spearhead their attack next season as they look to climb out of the English football league for the first time since their 2004 Premier League relegation. (The Scotsman/Scottish Sun)

Rangers want Warburton and Weir as management duo

Rangers have made an approach to outgoing Brentford manager Mark Warburton over becoming the boss at Ibrox next season. Despite coming close to successive promotions with the Greater London club, Warburton has been told his services are no longer required. If he chose to come to Ibrox it is likely he’d bring former Rangers captain David Weir, who’s been Warburton’s assistant for the past 18 months, back to the club. (Scottish Mail on Sunday)

Stuart McCall stays positive

Stuart McCall insists he’s refusing to entertain thoughts of Rangers losing to Queen of the South today as he goes into his 13th match as Rangers manager. The Ibrox side hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and the interim boss hopes a bumper crowd will help set up a semi-final meeting with Hibs. (The Scotsman)

• McCall is set to sit down with the Rangers board over the coming days to discuss an overhaul of the Ibrox first-team squad. McCall admitted he’d given the board a list of players he wishes to keep as he plans for next season despite, as of yet, not having any assurances he’ll still be in charge. (Sunday Express)

• Queen of the South boss James Fowler believes his side can cause an upset at Ibrox today by knocking Rangers out of the play-offs. The Doonhamers gaffer points to his side’s record against Stuart McCall’s men this season as evidence for his belief. (The Scotsman)

Levein more valuable than Neilson - Ann Budge

Hearts owner Ann Budge insists director of football Craig Levein would be a bigger loss to the Tynecastle club than first team coach Robbie Neilson. Hearts stormed to the Scottish Championship title this past season under Neilson’s guidance. However, Budge revealed Levein is integral to the club realising its vision for the future. (Sunday Mail)

Ronny Deila relishes heated discussions

John Kennedy revealed Ronny Deila loves arguing with his backroom staff as part of his duties as Celtic manager. Kennedy and assistant manager John Collins are Deila’s deputies, but the trio will often sit down together to discuss tactics and transfer targets. The conversations have a tendency to get quite heated, which Kennedy says is exactly what Deila wants. (The Scottish Sun)

• Charlie Mulgrew is desperate to get back into the Scotland squad having just made his comeback for Celtic following five months out through injury. (The Scotsman)

Killie bust-up pair to face SFA wrath

Kilmarnock pair Jamie Hamill and Josh Magennis are likely to face retroactive punishment after a furious bust-up in Kilmarnock’s win over Partick Thistle yesterday. Magennis appeared to land a head-butt on his teammate during the incident, which was missed by match referee John Beaton. (Sunday Mail)

Ryan Christie wins young player gong

Ryan Christie has been named the football writer’s Young Player of the Year. The 20-year old has been in fine form this season and helped the club reach their first ever Scottish Cup Final after last month’s victory over Celtic. (The Scotsman)

• Christie’s father Charlie warns Inverness CT they need to offer his son a worthy contract extension or risk losing him for next to nothing. The youing playmaker only has 12 months left on his current deal. (Mail on Sunday)

May wrong to sign for Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham boss Steve Evans criticised Stevie May’s decision to sign for Sheffield Wednesday at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign. Evans was interested in the player and believed he would have given him the right platform to thrive, but believes May chose Wednesday for the money, despite not being suited to playing in their one up front formation. (The Scottish Sun)

Hibernian’s Fraser Fyvie enjoying football once more

Fraser Fyvie is relieved to be enjoying his football once again after the ‘emotionally draining’ experience of continuously being left out of Wigan’s first team squad. The midfielder signed a short-term deal with Hibernian in January after his release from the Lancashire club. (The Scotsman)

Motherwell to fight McDonald ban

Motherwell will appeal Scott McDonald’s red card for allegedly elbowing St Mirren’s Thomas Reilly during Saturday’s encounter. As things stand, if the referee’s report states that the striker was sent off for violent conduct, he’ll miss Motherwell’s play-off final against either Hibs, Rangers or Queen of the South. (Mail on Sunday)

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