Scotland's papers: Scots EU bid and 'maniac' manhunt

The Times quotes Nicola Sturgeon as saying Brussels is "very sympathetic" to finding a way to keep Scotland in the EU - that is despite both the acting Spanish prime minister and French president saying they would block negotiations.

Leader of France and Spain have "dashed hopes" that Scotland can negotiate its own deal to remain in the EU, during Nicola Sturgeon's "unprecedented Brussels charm offensive", is how The Herald reports the story.

The Scotsman says the first minister insisted she was "heartened" by the EU's response to her attempts to keep Scotland in the bloc despite Spain and France suggesting her efforts will fail.

The National quotes Nicola Sturgeon as saying: "I found doors to be open to us in Brussels", during her visit to the Belgian capital.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims that six EU nations have lined up to reject Scotland's bid to remain a part of the EU following the Brexit vote, despite Nicola Sturgeon claiming she had received a sympathetic ear.

In other news, The Scottish Sun says a "maniac" is at large after the knife murder of a stranger in a street bloodbath. Victim John Baker, 76, was left to die in Bridgeton, Glasgow, by the crazed killer, who had earlier attacked two women, says the paper.

On the same story, the Daily Record claims that police have CCTV pictures of the "scar-faced maniac" who murdered Mr Baker, but are refusing to let the public see the images.

The Daily Star of Scotland reports that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of the running to become the next England manager.

The historic Fort George barracks near Inverness is "at risk" of being shut down by UK defence chiefs, reports The Press and Journal.

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