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Some shareholders want Craig Mather out. Picture: SNS
Some shareholders want Craig Mather out. Picture: SNS
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Rangers board peace deal facing collapse, Celtic fined over flares, Vladimir Romanov still on the run, and more.

Rangers board row re-ignites

The Rangers board could name a date for an extraordinary general meeting by Friday as a peace deal to end the bitter conflict looks set to collapse.

Shareholders who are keen to see change in the boardroom want to use the meeting to push for the removal of chief executive Craig Mather, financial director Brian Stockbridge, and non-executive director Bryan Smart. (Various)

Clad still on the run

Vladimir Romanov is still on the run from Lithuanian courts after facing claims of embezzlement relating to the bankrupt Ukio Bankas.

Authorities in the country are still looking for the former Hearts owner despite him being pictured last month relaxing on a beach. (Daily Record)

Celtic fined over flares

Celtic have been fined £4,000 by UEFA over fireworks let off by fans during their Champions League match with Cliftonville.

The match was stopped while the fans were urged over the tannoy system during the incident in July. (Various)

Hibs boss reveals Griffiths fight

Hibs fought tooth and nail for Leigh Griffiths to stay on a permanent basis, with chairman Rod Petrie saying it took up much of Pat Fenlon’s time over the summer.

Petrie says that ultimately Wolves were simply unwilling to do a deal, despite a number of bids in excess of £150,000. (Edinburgh Evening News)

McCoist in budget limbo

Ally McCoist is waiting to hear if Rangers have any money left to sign Marius Zaliukas or Boris Pandza.

The Rangers manager has already had to pull out of a deal for former Everton player Sam Kelly after a lack of funds. (Various)

Smith in government plea

Walter Smith says politicians must step in to help save the Scottish game and restore some pride.

The former Rangers and Scotland boss says the roots of the game need to be encouraged, and wants the government to ensure that under-12s get the opportunity to play enough football and sport in general. (Various)