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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Murrayfield Stadium is being considered as the host for the Liverpool v Barcelona International Champions Cup tie on 6 August, as well as Celtic v Internazionale the following week, in the new competition of pre-season games being played in the United States, China and Australia. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Celtic central defender Jozo Simunovic has revealed that he is likely to miss the start of next season's Champions League qualifiers after undergoing knee surgery last month and has revealed that he played for a month-and-a-half with a broken bone. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

The odds on Steve Clarke, sacked by Reading in December, being the new Celtic manager have been slashed, have been slashed from 66/1 to 3/1 by one bookmaker, making the 52-year-old second favourite behind Davie Moyes. (Sunday Post)

Former Celtic defender Malky Mackay, the 44-year-old who was sacked by Wigan Athletic this season, has made his pitch for the manager's job with the Scottish Premiership leaders, saying he has a plan to ensure 10 titles in a row. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke's odds have been slashed by one bookmaker that makes him second favourite for the Celtic job

Blackburn Rovers assistant Alan Irvine, who was number two to David Moyes at Everton, says the Celtic manager's job would not scare his fellow Scot and that he would be a great appointment for them or any other club.(Sunday Mail)

Ronny Deila, who last week announced he would stand down as Celtic manager at the end of the season, thinks he has been the best-performing Norwegian manager in British football so far but admitted "that's not so hard" while suggesting that it is difficult for someone coming from "a more unknown skiing country" to be taken seriously here. (Scotland On Sunday)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has cautioned supporters to lay off Peter Lawwell, saying the chief executive has helped bring the club consistent success.(Mail On Sunday)

Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths has angrily rejected criticism of Celtic's fitness levels in the aftermath of the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final defeat that precipitated the announcement of Ronny Deila's departure as manager. (Scotland On Sunday)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says it is wrong to blame manager Ronny Deila over fitness levels as that is a responsibility for individual players.(Scotland On Sunday)

Rangers full-back James Tavernier has criticised Championship rivals Hibernian, who did not give his side a guard of honour in their first match after winning the title, thanking Alloa Athletic for doing so on Saturday for their "great respect" before adding "true sportsmanship unlike some". (Sunday Mail)

Malky Mackay
Malky Mackay has revealed he has a plan to keep Celtic at the top if he is appointed manager

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes that his side, who have failed to win their last two matches, will rediscover their best form in time for the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.(The Herald)

Dundee United defender Guy Demel has questioned the desire of some of his team-mates to lift the side off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership. (Scotland On Sunday)

Defender Gavin Gunning, the 25-year-old who left Dundee United after a bizarre hand-ball incident, is to have a trial with Major League Soccer club Orlando City. (The Sun, print edition)

New Scotland cap Tony Watt, the striker who has returned to Charlton Athletic following his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers was cut shot, is poised to on the sidelines for three months with a groin injury. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Susan Partridge goes into Sunday's London Marathon, which acts as a Great Britain Olympic team qualifier, with a sense of grievance as motivation, having been left out of the team for the World Half-Marathon Championships. (Sunday Herald)

Emily Maguire has fought her way back into the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after the 28-year-old Scot was left out of the initial party because of poor form.(Sunday Herald)

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