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Scottish papers: Trident 'farce' and Celtic malaria scare

The National says Theresa May and her Defence Secretary Michael Fallon's silence on Trident is "chilling" after their bid to "keep MPs in the dark" about a failed Trident missile test was "torpedoed" by a US official who gave details to CNN.

However, The Times Scotland reports that the US government asked Britain to keep details of the "botched" nuclear missile test secret.

The "Trident cover-up has descended into farce", says the i paper, which also points out that Mr Fallon's appearance in the Commons was overshadowed by a US official who briefed American news organisations on the issue.

On the same note, the Daily Record writes that Sir Michael Fallon "hid behind the excuse of operational confidentiality" as he faced a grilling over the "nuclear cover-up".

In other news, Scotland's most prestigious universities will have to significantly reduce entry grades for high demand courses such as medicine and law to ensure more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds secure places, according to The Herald.

Theresa May has pledged to take an "active role" in the economy in a bid to spread economic growth and jobs more widely around the country in the post-Brexit era, writes The Scotsman.

The Scottish Daily Mail claims that baby food and biscuits have been linked to cancer after the Food Standards Agency issued alerts for 25 big brands following warnings that crunchy roast potatoes and toast could cause the disease.

Celtic's new £2.8m midfielder Kouassi Eboue has been "struck down" by malaria and rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, says The Scottish Sun. The paper adds that it is not known how he got the virus.

The Daily Star of Scotland claims that fans of the late George Michael want to put a special memorial bench in the park where he admitted picking up strangers for sex.

Aberdeen City Council has written to the Scottish government and opposition leaders at Holyrood highlighting the business community's "grave concerns" over the proposed budget settlement for the city, writes the Press and Journal.

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