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    • Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will return to Japan at the end of the season. (Sunday Mail)

      Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is set to launch a £2m raid to bring Swindon striker Simon Cox to Glasgow. (News of the World)

      Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen has called on crucial kick-off times in the SPL to be synchronised. (Sunday Mail)

      Livingston will sell the club's top scorer Leigh Griffiths this summer to raise some much-needed finance. (Sunday Express)

      Celtic face a battle with Newcastle to land Spanish start Jordi Gomez, with the Glasgow club set to splash out £2m for the on-loan Swansea City ace. (Sunday Express)
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    • Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw last night insisted the Old Firm joining the English Premier League would save a lot of clubs from extinction. (Daily Record)

      Football finance expert David Glen believes the prospect of both teams leaving for England is more likely than ever because the latest proposal would allow the bigger clubs to keep all their TV revenue.

      Glen added the clubs in the lower half of the league would receive better financial compensation should they be relegated. (Various)

      Dundee United boss Craig Levein would like to see the back of the pair so his side can win their first top league title since 1983. (the Scotsman)

      Jamie Smith faces an uphill struggle to save his Aberdeen career after being struck down again by injury. The midfielder had been given until the end of the season to win a new deal after missing most of the season with a mystery back complaint. (Various)
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    • Forget it - SPL chiefs will tell the Old Firm there is NO CHANCE of a U-turn on the post-split fixtures

      Celtic are seething that Rangers have dodged a tough trip to third-placed Hearts in the nerve-shredding run-in.

      They have now demanded an official explanation on how the fixture list was drawn up.

    • Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has confirmed Celtic would be give "serious consideration" to a move to a revamped English Premier League. (Daily Record)

      Lawwell also says Celtic will spend big in the summer whether they win the league or not. (The Sun)

      Falkirk boss John Hughes last night demanded his board take action against the Bairns Trust members who demanded his sacking. (Daily Record)

      Hearts have been fined £20,000 for criticising referee Dougie McDonald on their website.

      A match report on the Tynecastle club's site described some of the whistler's calls as 'ludicrous'. (Various)

      Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond's season is over after doctors ordered surgery to cure a long-running ankle problem. (The Sun)

      Livingston's top scorer Leigh Griffiths could be set to join former team-mate Graham Dorrans at West Brom in the summer. (Daily Mail)

      Cash-strapped Stranraer's rescue package with a local housing association still hangs in the balance as the club are awaiting for the SFL to accept a proposed deal. (Daily Record)
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    • Celtic are ready to square up to Rangers in a £750,000 fight for St Mirren midfielder Andy Dorman. (The Sun)

      Meanwhile the Glasgow club's midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has been offered a £30,000 a week deal to join Saudi Arabian club Al Nasr. (Various)

      George Burley will have to trawl the English lower leagues for Scotland 'B' squad players for the friendly with Northern Ireland on 6 May because of the SPL schedule. (Daily Mail)

      Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen worries his plans for next season will be disrupted by the sales of Rob Jones and Steven Fletcher. (Daily Record)

      Aberdeen pair Lee Mair and Scott Severin are wanted by St Mirren and Burnley respectively in the summer. (The Sun)

      Hampden is set to be only be a quarter full for Sunday's semi-final between Falkirk and Dunfermline after they turned down the option of playing at a full Tynecastle. (The Sun)
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    • Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc could become a £7 million target for German club Bayern Munich.

      The Pole is on a shortlist of keepers which includes Gianluigi Buffon, Sebastian Frey and Rene Adler. (Daily Record) Full story

      Celtic will become the first Scottish club to play at the new Wembley in a pre-season tournament, club chief executive Peter Lawwell has confirmed. (The Herald/The Scotsman)

      PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart fears the economic downturn will bring significant job cuts at Scotland's clubs this summer. (The Herald/The Scotsman)

      Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny, who is on loan from Sigma Olomouc, has agreed personal terms on a permanent deal with the Scottish Premier League club. (Various)

      Hearts will receive a further payment of £300,000 from Sunderland for goalkeeper Craig Gordon if the Scotland international makes his 50th appearance for the Black Cats against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. (The Scotsman)
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    • Saulius Mikoliunas is prepared to quit Hearts as he claims he is owed wages by the club. (The Sun)

      Striker James McFadden says winning promotion to the English Premier League with Birmingham would top the winner he scored for Scotland against France in Paris. (Daily Record)

      The SPL will stage and emergency meeting as they prepare to stave off the threat of a cash crisis after they were told TV company Setanta want to cut £25m off their contract. (The Sun)
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    • Hearts announce reduction in debt

      Hearts have reduced their debt by almost £6m in the last financial year, despite making a pre-tax loss of £3.5m.

      The club's arrears now sit at £30.48m, compared to the previous figure of £36.25m, with pre-tax losses reduced by £8.92m for the year to July 2008.

      The sales of Craig Gordon and Roman Bednar aided the debt reduction.

      Staffing costs were reduced by almost £1.2m and a debt-for-equity agreement raised £12m but turnover fell by £1.16m to £9.16m.

      Scotland international goalkeeper Gordon left Hearts to join Sunderland for £9m before striker Bednar made his loan move to West Bromwich Albion a permanent deal for a fee of £2.3m.

      However, the sale of defender Christophe Berra to Wolves in January is not included in the newly released accounts.

      The club aim to redevelop their stadium in 2010 - which will increase the capacity to over 20,000 - and hope to complete the work by season 2011/12.

      Despite the current challenging economic climate, the club views the outlook with cautious optimism

      Hearts spokesman

      A club spokesman said: "Despite the current challenging economic climate, the club views the outlook with cautious optimism based on a continued focus on increasing efficiency by lowering costs, improving results on the field and attracting further commercial partnerships.

      "In each of these areas, Hearts has made solid progress in the new financial year.

      "Key 'post year end' events have included the appointment of Csaba Laszlo as team manager. Mr Laszlo has delivered a marked improvement in the club's on-field progress.

      "Other key items of note are the transfer of Christophe Berra to Championships side Wolverhampton Wanderers."

      The spokesman added: "The transaction was the highest value transfer for any player from a Scottish club in the January 2009 transfer window and once again demonstrates the value of Hearts' player development system."
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    • Desmond sees value of Celtic stake fall by half

      CELTIC'S major shareholder Dermot Desmond has lost £11million of his investment in the Parkhead club.
      The Irish billionaire saw the initial value of his £22m stake in the SPL champions halved due to the economic recession. However, Desmond, who owns 37 per cent of the club, is still worth £1.4 billion in the newly-published Rich List which shows he is by far the wealthiest man in the SPL.

      His fortune dwarfs that of Rangers owner Sir David Murray who is second in the ratings on £500m. Sir Tom Farmer, of Hibs, is third with a personal fortune of £110m while Aberdeen's Stewart Milne is next on £90m.

      Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is the leader in British football with a personal fortune of £7 billion.

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    • Aberdeen's new stadium on agenda

      A new home for Aberdeen Football Club could come a step closer with councillors set to vote on a site.

      Land to the south of the city - Loirston Loch in Nigg - is the preferred location of two options for the new 30,000-seat community stadium.

      The alternative site of Kings Links - opposite the current Pittodrie stadium - was deemed too small and expensive.

      The club has claimed staying at Pittodrie - the home of the Dons for more than a century - is not an option.

      Councillors are expected to vote on which site should be chosen on Tuesday afternoon.

      A series of feasibility studies have been carried out.
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    • Celtic's title bid received a boost with news that captain Stephen McManus and striker Georgios Samaras will be fit for Saturday's trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen. (Daily Record)

      Livingston chairman Angelo Massone has been ordered to attend a meeting with SFL chiefs to explain the escalating crisis at the First Division club. (Daily Record)

      Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas has hit out at the standard of Scottish football, saying he feels derby experiences to date have been disappointing. (The Herald)

      Falkirk have asked for a 50-50 ticket split for the Scottish Cup final against Rangers at Hampden in May. (The Herald)

      Hibernian will face competition from other clubs should they follow up their interest in Northern Ireland trialist Michael O'Connor. (The Herald)

      Dundee director Calum Melville has promised to match the cash invested by fans in season tickets to boost the transfer funds available to manager Jockey Scott for players. (The Herald)

      Falkirk manager John Hughes will get his dream switch to England with Blackpool if he wins the Scottish Cup and keeps the Bairns in the Scottish Premier League. (The Star)

      Kilmarnock are set to swoop for French winger Kevin Diaz and St Mirren ace Gary Mason. (The Sun)
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    • Livingston's temporary caretaker manager Davie Hay has refused to discuss the suspension of manager Paul Hegarty. (The Star)

      Hibernian midfielder Ross Chisholm says he has options on both sides of the border, should Mixu Paatelainen not offer him a new deal. (The Herald)

      Hearts duo Saulius Mikoliunas and Deividas Cesnauskis have both accused Hearts of attempting to create a smokescreen over their departure from Tynecastle. (The Herald)

      Meanwhile, Mikoliunas is claiming Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov owes him more than £80,000 in unpaid wages. (The Sun)

      Celtic are reported to have added Real Sociadad's Xabi Castillo to a list of potential recruits for their problem left-back position. (Daily Mail)

      Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has denied rumours that he plans to retire from the Championship side in the summer. (Daily Mail)

      Falkirk's board are aiming to rebuild bridges with the supporters group who called for the sacking of manager John Hughes. (Daily Mail)

      Hamilton have started talks with Martin Canning over a new contract for the defender, but will wait until their SPL status is secure before agreeing any deal. (Daily Mail)

      Dundee United have won the race to sign ex-Everton ace Danny Cadamarteri from Huddersfield as a replacement for the injured Jon Daly. (The Sun)
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    • Midfielder Deividas Cesnauskis is threatening legal action in a bid to reclaim what he says is money owed to him by Hearts. (The Sun)

      Dundee have failed to land Livingston forward Leigh Griffiths after the Almondvale outfit rejected a £200,000 bid by their First Division rivals. (Various)

      West Lothian Council has dismissed Livingston's claims that a deal has been struck to sell Almondvale to the First Division club. (Various)

      Falkirk goalkeeper Dani Mallo says he wants to return to his native Spain when his contract expires at the end of the season. (The Sun)

      Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has told the Old Firm clubs they would have to stump up £5m for striker George Boyd as the League One forward looks set to be handed a Scotland call-up. (Daily Express)

      Motherwell manager Mark McGhee fears he would be forced to sell the majority of his stars if broadcaster Setanta withdraws or renegotiates its contract to televise SPL games. (Daily Express)
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