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New Hearts owner Ann Budge says manager Gary Locke was shown the door at Tynecastle because the club was "broken" and in need of radical change. (Various)

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster celebrated being named in England's World Cup squad by revealing he aims to make the position his own in Roy Hodgson's side.

Full story: Scottish Sun (print edition)

Forster's place in the England squad was hailed by Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon, who played against Forster when Juventus locked horns with Celtic. "He has proved over the past two seasons in Europe he can perform at the highest level."

Full story: Daily Record

Asked for his views on under-fire Celtic and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said: "I suppose if there was a tax on stupidity then it might cost him a few bob." (Various)

Following his departure as St Mirren boss, Danny Lennon said it was "regretful" that he failed to earn a new contract but feels "immensely proud to have guided the club to their two highest finishes in the league for 25 years, won a national trophy for only the fourth time in the history of the club..." (Various)

Hibs are confident midfielder Kevin Thomson will be fit for next week's Premiership relegation play-off. Thomson has been sidelined for Terry Butcher's men for the past two games with a thigh injury.

Hearts owner Ann Budge
Hearts owner Ann Budge has vowed to mend the "broken" Edinburgh club

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic target Alfred Finnbogason has confirmed he will leave Heerenveen in the summer. The Dutch outfit rejected a £7.5m bid from Fulham in January for the in-demand marksman. "I will listen to every club who comes to an agreement with Heerenveen and then we will see," he said.

Full story: Daily Record

Striker Stevie May has given St Johnstone a boost ahead of the Scottish Cup final by insisting he's happy at McDiarmid Park and would welcome a new deal. (Various)

Hearts legend Jim Jefferies, now in charge of Dunfermline, has criticised new Tynecastle owner Ann Budge over her managerial shake-up. "It's sad because of the job Gary Locke has done there, I feel really gutted for him," said Jefferies.

Full story: Scottish Sun (print edition)

Striker Kenny Miller will hold contract talks with Rangers on Wednesday ahead of a third spell at Ibrox. Miller left Vancouver Whitecaps last week after almost two years with the MLS outfit.

Full story: Scottish Sun (print edition)

Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson wants to remain at Pittodrie next season and will meet Dons boss Derek McInnes this week to discuss a new deal.

Full story: Scottish Sun (print edition)

Dumbarton boss Ian Murray has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Danny Lennon at St Mirren. Peter Grant, Barry Ferguson, Billy Davies, Billy Stark and John Collins have also been linked with the Buddies.

Full story: Daily Mail

Celtic winger James Forrest has undergone groin surgery to resolve a problem which has troubled him for the closing two months of the Premiership campaign. (Various)

St Mirren aim to have Danny Lennon's successor in place by Friday, with Gary Bollan also thought to be in the board's thinking.

Full story: Herald