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The Scottish Professional Football League and top clubs were left staggered by Stewart Regan's decision to help Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin win the vote to become Uefa's new president when they were expecting the Scottish FA chief executive to back Dutchman Michael van Praag, who had promised to rip up controversial plans to restructure the Champions League.(Daily Record)external-link

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has condemned the "misbehaviour" during the first Old Firm match of the season at Celtic Park on Saturday and called on "the whole of Scottish football" to act. (The Herald)external-link

Scottish Licensed Trade Association chief executive Paul Waterson has criticised the Scottish Professional Football League's decision to schedule the next Old Firm derby on Hogmanay, saying that it will encourage early drinking on a day when emergency services will already be stretched, but Police Scotland says it is the best time to minimise community impact.(The Herald)external-link

Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero celebrate with Manchester City
Pablo Zabaleta (left) says Celtic will be dangerous opponents for Manchester City

David Weir will escape any further punishment after being sent to the stands in Saturday's 5-1 defeat by Celtic, with Scottish FA compliance offer Tony McGlennan having decided to let Rangers' assistant manager off with a warning. (Daily Record)external-link

Former Switzerland striker Kubilay Turkyilmaz has described countryman Philippe Senderos a lost soul whose career plan has been a disaster after the 31-year-old defender was sent off in his Rangers debut in their 5-1 defeat by Celtic. (The Sun, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes his side lost their identity in Saturday's 5-1 defeat by Celtic and has urged his players to rediscover their positivity against Ross County. (The Scotsman)external-link

Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has contradicted manager Brendan Rodgers by saying the 7-0 Champions League defeat by Barcelona was embarrassing for the Glasgow club.(Daily Record)external-link

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said his players had "fun" during Tuesday's 7-0 win over Celtic in their opening Champions League group game. (The Herald)external-link

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta, whose side opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, has rejected suggestions that Celtic are the weakest side in their group.(Tribal Football)external-link

Charlie Mulgrew's hopes of earning a Scotland recall next month have been dealt a blow after the versatile defender picked up a calf injury in his Blackburn Rovers debut after leaving Celtic. (Deadline News)external-link

Steven Naismith celebrates scoring for Norwich City
Norwich City's Steven Naismith is being linked with Sunderland

Sunderland manager David Moyes is planning a January move to sign Scotland forward Steven Naismith from Norwich City.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Scotland winger Chris Burke, the 32-year-old who was released by Nottingham Forest, has failed to win a contract after a trial with Sheffield United. (The Star)external-link

Motherwell have re-signed former Swansea City midfielder Lee Lucas until January, the 24-year-old's previous spell at Fir Park this summer being cut short by a hamstring injury.(Daily Record)external-link

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran is hopeful that his budget will allow him to bring in one more player before the January transfer window opens. (Press & Journal)external-link

Striker James Keatings says he realised that last season's Scottish Cup win made his team Hibernian legends because he cannot go to the shops without being mobbed by fans.(Daily Record)external-link


New Zealand do not want Scotland, who last played there 16 years ago, on their list of teams to host for tours because they are not strong enough opponents compared to England, Ireland and Wales. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith believes Britain face their toughest ever opposition when they take on Argentina in Glasgow this week.(Daily Mail)external-link

Great Britain captain Leon Smith has urged the Glasgow crowd to come out in support of his team this weekend as they face a very tough task against Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-final.(Daily Record)external-link

World number two Andy Murray will dig deep for "one more big push" as he attempts to continue the best season of his career by guiding Great Britain to a second consecutive Davis Cup final. (The National)external-link

Andy Murray admits he does not have a clue who he will be playing on day one of Great Britain's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina because their opponents have a number of quality options for the opening singles.(The Herald)external-link

Amateur golfers have the chance of a lifetime to play alongside celebrities and leading professionals in October's prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, but the catch is that the lucky player will have to stump up a fair sum of cash for the privilege in an online auction. (The Courier)external-link

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