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A new Atlantic League that would result in Celtic and Rangers leaving Scottish domestic football appears inevitable, with Copenhagen director Anders Horsholt revealing that discussions have been on-going between clubs from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden in response to moves designed to confine the Champions League to clubs from the major European nations. (Daily Record)external-link

Crystal Palace are lining up a £300,000 package to beat English Premier League rivals Hull City, Southampton and Swansea City to the signature of 19-year-old Greenock Morton forward Jai Quitongo. (The Sun, print edition)

Gordon Strachan has decided to stay on as Scotland head coach because he believes he can mastermind a win at Wembley against England that can rekindle his side's World Cup qualification campaign.(Daily Record)external-link

Scottish football agent Scott McGarvey feels responsible for Sam Allardyce losing his job as England manager, having arranged a meeting at a hotel in London with undercover Daily Telegraph journalists posing as businessmen, but hopes it has not destroyed their friendship.(The Scotsman)external-link

Scotland can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals despite poor results against Lithuania and Slovakia, according to assistant manager Mark McGhee.(The Herald)external-link

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan reportedly believes he can lead Scotland to victory at Wembley

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus, who was at Celtic and Middlesbrough when Gordon Strachan stood down as manager of those clubs, believes the Scotland boss will be the first to admit when he has taken the national team as far as he can. (The Herald)external-link

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee claims he has no idea if Gordon Strachan was considering his future as national head coach after poor results against Lithuania and Slovakia. (The Herald)external-link

Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is mystified about the exclusion of winger Oliver Burke from the Scotland bench against Slovakia, stressing that the 19-year-old was not injured. (Daily Mail)external-link

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is furious with Republic of Ireland's Martin O'Neill over his treatment of James McCarthy, saying that his counterpart is "killing" the Glasgow-born midfielder after the 25-year-old played nearly two full games in the international break after only just returning from surgery.(Daily Record)external-link

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed concern at the decision to give Karamoko Dembele his debut for his club's under-20s at the age of 13 and insisted that he was unaware that the teenager had been called into the club's full-time development squad.(The Scotsman)external-link

Midfielder Thorgan Hazard and forward Raffael are struggling with injury ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach's Champions League visit to Celtic Park on Wednesday and are doubts for Saturday's Bundesliga visit by Hamburg. (The Sun, print edition)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran believes it is too early in the season to write off Rangers' chances of stealing the Scottish Premiership title from holders Celtic. (The Herald)external-link

Scotland and Leipzig winger Oliver Burke
Leipzig are mystified about Oliver Burke's exclusion from Scotland's bench against Slovakia

Former Rangers player and coach Ian Durrant reckons the Ibrox side are a stronger unit without Joey Barton, the English midfielder who is now in the fourth week of a club suspension.(The Scotsman)external-link

Ross County have handed Greg Morrison a two-year contract extension after the 18-year-old striker was called into the Scotland Under-19 squad. (The Sun, print edition)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley insists that striker Yordi Teijsse is happy at Dundee despite the 24-year-old Dutch striker having spoken about being homesick. (Daily Record, print edition)


A back injury that has ruled top try scorer Tommy Seymour out of Glasgow Warriors' Champions Cup meeting with Leicester Tigers could sideline him for Scotland's autumn Test campaign. (The Sun, print edition)

Spin bowler Majid Haq has set his sights on rekindling his career with Scotland after reaching a settlement in his long-running dispute with Cricket Scotland over a social media statement the 33-year-old made in 2015. (The Scotsman)external-link