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Blackburn Rovers had a representative at McDiarmid Park on Saturday to watch Scotland right-back Callum Paterson, who is out of contract with Hearts next summer and has stalled over a new deal, play in his side's 1-0 defeat by St Johnstone. (Daily Express, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will meet Joey Barton on Monday to discuss the midfielder's future, the 34-year-old having been told to stay away from Ibrox over the weekend following his training-ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Halliday. (Sunday Herald)external-link

English midfielder Joey Barton's controversial spell at Rangers could end at a meeting on Monday with manager Mark Warburton. (The Times, print edition)

Mark Warburton has described Rangers' display against Ross County on Saturday as their best of the season despite being held to a 0-0 draw at home. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Rangers striker Joe Garner insists that Mark Warburton's side, beaten 5-1 by Celtic last week, will be better prepared come the next Old Firm derby on Hogmanay.(Sunday Herald)external-link

Hearts defender Callum Paterson
Hearts defender Callum Paterson is being watched by Blackburn Rovers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has defended the right of clubs like his own to play in the Champions League despite their 7-0 midweek defeat by Barcelona and urged governing body Uefa to keep the tournament accessible to all nations. (Sunday Express)external-link

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has backed fellow Frenchman Moussa Dembele, Celtic's summer signing from Fulham, to become one of Europe's top strikers. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Central defender Jozo Simunovic will return to action with Celtic against Alloa Athletic in the League Cup quarter-final against Alloa Athletic after injury problems and an aborted transfer to Torino. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Blackburn Rovers defender Charlie Mulgrew says he had to reject a new contract at Celtic because he needed a fresh challenge. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Louis Moult has revealed that he was about to give Ryan Bowman the chance to score from the penalty spot against Hamilton Accies until manager Mark McGhee insisted that he take it himself and score his own fourth goal of the 4-2 win.(Sunday Mail)external-link

Kris Boyd paid an emotional tribute to his late brother, Scott, after scoring in Kilmarnock's 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.(Scotland On Sunday)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton and midfielder Joey Barton
Rangers manager Mark Warburton will reportedly meet Joey Barton for Monday talks

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark paid tribute to Kris Boyd after the grieving striker, whose younger brother, Scott, was buried on Thursday, scored the opener in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Rugby Park. (Aberdeen Evening Express)external-link

Former Scotland striker James McFadden believes that Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is the man to succeed him in providing vital goals for the national team.(Sunday Post)external-link

The daughter of football icon Jimmy Johnstone, Marie McCallum, has spoken for the first time about how the Scotland winger was left heartbroken when he was let go by Celtic. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Former St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin is supplementing his income with a recruitment agency after his move to part-time Alloa Athletic.(Sunday Herald)external-link

David Moyes has blamed American pop star Beyonce for his poor start to life as Sunderland manager. (Sun on Sunday)external-link


Emotional Jamie Murray spoke of his pride at winning Saturday's Davis Cup doubles clash with brother Andy - just 24 hours after their beloved grandfather was laid to rest.(Sunday Mail)external-link

Glasgow Warriors are facing a back-row crisis after injuries to Josh Strauss and Ryan Wilson in Friday's 23-19 Pro12 defeat by Cardiff Blues. (Sunday Herald)external-link

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