Scotland

Scotland's papers: RBS Kremlin 'threats' and 'get Shorty'

Nicola Sturgeon has upped her demand for Scotland to get a "special deal" on Brexit after it emerged that the UK government is seriously considering creating one for the City of London to maintain its prized access to the European single market, according The Herald.

Claims by Russian broadcaster RT that the Royal Bank of Scotland group's NatWest arm has frozen its UK bank accounts have been denied by the bank, says The Scotsman.

On the same story, The Times Scotland writes that state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has "caved in" to the Kremlin after threatening to close the account of Russia Today, which the paper says has been accused of being a vehicle for President Putin's propaganda.

BBC Radio Scotland's phone-in, hosted by Kaye Adams, has been criticised after a debate about rape and the Ched Evans case went "badly wrong", according to the front page of the National.

The Scottish Daily Mail carries an interview with Sir Cliff Richard, whom the paper says has laid bare his desperate ordeal at the "hands of police and the BBC". The 76-year-old singer told the paper he had suffered depression, distress and humiliation following false sex claims.

"Breaking free" of the EU offers an unrivalled opportunity to halt "staggering" food price rises, claims the Scottish Daily Express.

A fresh donor appeal has been launched after a three-year-old, who suffers from a rare blood disorder, lost out on a transplant for the second time in four months, reports the Daily Record.

The Scottish Sun says "cheeky" Leigh Griffiths has taken a light-hearted dig at Scotland boss Gordon Strachan by changing his Twitter name to Shorty. The Celtic striker was snubbed for the disastrous double-header with Lithuania and Slovakia, despite being Scotland's most prolific goalscorer, after Strachan said he needed a "certain amount of height" in the team.

The Daily Star of Scotland carries the same story, calling Griffiths' twitter move a "wee dig at Gordy".

A national estate agent has reported an "unexpected boom" in property prices because British expats are reportedly looking to return to the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote, says the Press and Journal.

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