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Here’s what’s making the back pages of this morning’s newspapers in Scotland ...

• Mike Ashley steps up his bid to claim control of Rangers in what is shaping up as a potential power battle between the Newcastle owner and Dave King (various)

• There is “major unrest” in the Kilmarnock camp regarding a dispute between the players and chairman Michael Johnston over bonuses. “It’s become a major dressing-room issue. .. it’s causing problems for the manager now,” said one unnamed player (The Sun)

• Sporting Lisbon teenager Ryan Gauld insists he is “ready” to make his Scotland debut if called upon against Georgia this Saturday (various)

• Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley praises Robbie Neilson’s “thoroughness” after the Jambos shelled out £320 to train on Alloa’s plastic pitch ahead of Saturday’s match between the teams (Daily Record)

• Former Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram says Craig Gordon should start between the sticks on Saturday but expects David Marshall to keep his place (The Sun)

• Georgia legend Otar Gabelia says national team coach Temuri Ketsbaia should already have been “relieved of his duties” and hopes he is axed if Scotland beat them on Saturday (The Sun)