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Defender Joleon Lescott has agreed a severance package with Aston Villa and will have a medical in Glasgow on Friday before signing a two-year deal with Rangers. (Various)

The former England player has turned down an attractive offer from Sunderland to move to Ibrox. (Daily Record)

The arrival of Lescott could mean Rangers end their interest in former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, who has been training at Murray Park. (Times)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton feels that by signing players such as Lescott and Joey Barton, the team will benefit from their Premier League experience as they try to counter Celtic's experience in the Champions League. (Times)

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says Celtic and Rangers are favourites to finish top two in the Premiership but he has urged his players to challenge them. He points out that Rangers' budget in the Championship was three times higher than his at Pittodrie in the top tier. (Times)

Joleon Lescott
Joleon Lescott looks as if he will be playing in the Scottish Premiership for the next two seasons

Following Barton's jibe about Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' "mid-life crisis", Warburton insists he won't stop his midfielder from speaking on radio programmes, saying the comments about Rodgers' tan and teeth were "light humour". (Herald, Daily Record)

Hearts are expecting another bid from Wigan Athletic for their 21-year-old right-back Callum Paterson, who made his Scotland debut against Italy in May. (Scotsman)

After analysing his players' GPS data from last weekend's 2-1 defeat by St Johnstone, Motherwell boss Mark McGhee noticed they had run 1.5km less than expected. The solution? Ten 200m runs in training "to show what was missing" from their game. (Scotsman)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon feels Rodgers is now getting the best out of players such as Scott Brown and James Forrest after a period of criticism under the previous manager, Ronny Deila. (Various)

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig warns Champions League play-off round opponents Hapoel Beer Sheva that he and his team-mates will not merely seek to protect their 5-2 first-leg lead when they visit Israel on Tuesday: rather, they will go to win the game. (Sun)

Champions League history should offer Celtic fans some comfort - since 1992, only once has a team overcome a three-goal deficit from the first leg. Deportivo La Coruna overturned a 4-1 scoreline to knock out AC Milan in 2004, winning the second leg 4-0. (Various)

Celtic's Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton says he will have around 30 friends and family members cheering on Hapoel but he won't celebrate in front of them if Celtic progress. (Various)

Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder Maor Melikson admits his team froze in the "intense" atmosphere at Celtic Park. (Daily Express)

Craig Gordon promises he will fight for his place as first-choice Celtic goalkeeper now that Rodgers has brought Nottingham Forest's Dutch keeper Dorus de Vries to the club. (Various)

Former Partick Thistle defender Dan Seaborne is to sign for Hamilton Accies, despite being revealed as Indian Premier League club Mohun Bagan's new signing earlier in the summer. (Herald, Daily Express)

St Johnstone midfielder Danny Swanson is training to become a tiler to help boost his chances of gaining entry to Australia a few years from now. (Sun)

Kevin McNaughton's Achilles injury means Inverness CT may have to divert resources into finding defensive cover instead of manager Richie Foran being able to sign striker Farid El Alagui. (Sun)

Former Hearts, Falkirk, Braford City, Kilmarnock and Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies, now 65, says he is not "actively looking or applying for jobs" but could be persuaded to take on a mentoring role. (Scotsman)

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon tells fans that the Tannadice club have no option but to sell 17-year-old centre-half Harry Souttar in order to bring in cash to strengthen the team. Souttar is on the verge of a six-figure move to Stoke. (Daily Mail)

Andrew Shinnie reveals he was attracted to a season-long loan at Hibernian from Birmingham City because of the expectation that he will be involved in a battle to win the Championship title. (Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Olympic champion Andy Murray endured a shoulder problem and the humidity to reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. (National)

Edinburgh scrum-half Nathan Fowles believes the strong bond that has developed among the players will help Alan Solomons' side improve on their disappointing ninth place in the Pro12 last season. (Times, Scotsman)

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