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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Neil Lennon's future as Celtic manager is in serious doubt as he is concerned about having enough quality in his side to negotiate three Champions League qualifiers while playing at Murrayfield Stadium as Celtic Park is out of commission due to the Commonwealth Games.

Full story: Daily Mail

Swedish club Falkenbergs have insisted that coach Henrik Larsson is not on the brink of rejoining Celtic despite a rush of bets forcing bookmakers to suspend betting on the former Hoops striker becoming the Scottish champions' new manager.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic are planning a bid to sign former Scotland number one Craig Gordon, the 31-year-old goalkeeper having returned to training after shaking off a knee injury that has sidelined him for two years.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has assured Anthony Stokes that his place in his squad is not in jeopardy despite the Celtic striker being due to appear in court accused of assaulting an Elvis Pressley impersonator.

Full story: Irish Mirror

Scott Allan in action while on loan to Birmingham against Wigan
Scott Allan has been linked with Rangers after time on loan to Birmingham from West Brom

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster has issued an open letter to fans saying an agreement that has resulted in £725,000 being paid back to broadcasters following Rangers' absence from the top flight was necessary otherwise TV companies would have cancelled their deal, with "catastrophic" consequences.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers director Sandy Easdale has threatened to sue supporter Craig Houston, of the fans group Sons of Struth, for a second time after receiving 2500 emails in a day from disgruntled fans after an e-petition was set up to back the group's demand that Ibrox Stadium is not sold or used as security for loans.

Full story: The Scotsman

Former Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan is refusing to rule out a move to Rangers after being freed by West Bromwich Albion.

Full story: Daily Record

St Mirren have rejected a £100,000 offer from Sheffield United for 19-year-old Scotland Under-21 midfielder John McGinn.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

Wigan Athletic are poised to sign full-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who has rejected a new contract with Partick Thistle.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Kris Boyd wants assurances that Kilmarnock will invest enough in players to avoid another relegation battle before the 30-year-old Scotland striker considers signing a new contract.

Full story: Daily Express

Veteran player-coach Steve Banks is poised to sign a new, year-long contract with St Johnstone despite the goalkeeper being linked with a return to former club Hearts as part of Craig Levein's coaching team.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

Scotland right-back Alan Hutton, who was told last season he would never play for the club again, has been offered a route back into the first team at Aston Villa after being informed that all players contracted to the club will be made available for selection.

Full story: The Herald

OTHER GOSSIP

Patrick McEnroe has questioned the time his brother John would be able to devote to a coaching partnership with Andy Murray and advised the Scot to use the French Open to bolster his confidence ahead of the challenge of defending his Wimbledon title.

Full story: The Herald

British Cycling and Scottish Cycling have defended the standard of the sport's competition at the Commonwealth Games after Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott suggested it was a devalued competition.

Full story: Daily Mail (print edition)

Hawick are looking for a new head coach following Phil Leck's decision to quit the club following a failure to agree terms after he led them back into the Scottish Premiership.

Full story: The Scotsman (print edition)