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Crystal Palace and Everton are considering a permanent move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, the 20-year-old who was on loan to Kilmarnock last season and has been the subject of interest this summer from Hearts. (Chronicle)external-link

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum has revealed that sacked head coach Ian Cathro's philosophies have already been ditched by interim boss Jon Daly, who adopted a more direct 4-1-4-1 formation in Saturday's 4-1 defeat away to champions Celtic. (Daily Record)external-link

Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum says former head coach Ian Cathro left Hearts without speaking to the players who cost him his job and is convinced the methods of caretaker boss Jon Daly are far more effective for the Scottish Premiership.(Scottish Sun)external-link

Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum is prepared to put plans of leaving Hearts on hold to help whoever is appointed to succeed Ian Cathro as head coach. (Daily Express, print edition)

Nir Bitton, the Israel midfielder who has been used as an emergency central defender, has insisted he will never push for a move out of Celtic and will fight for his future at the club despite suitors from around Europe considering a move after he fell out of favour last season.(Daily Record)external-link

Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman while on loan with Kilmarnock
Hearts could face competition for goalkeeping target Freddie Woodman

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Nir Bitton is "perfect" for his new role as a central defender after the 25-year-old took over from the injured Erik Sviatchenko in the first half of Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League qualifying win over Rosenborg. (The National)external-link

Manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he is unlikely to risk Jozo Simunovic on Kilmarnock's plastic pitch later this month despite the Croat, who was sidelined for nine months soon after joining Celtic, being his squad's only fit centre-half.(Daily Record)external-link

Astana captain Dmitri Shomko says he is seeking revenge against Celtic for the Kazakhstan side's defeat a year ago, when Brendan Rodgers' side won 3-2 on aggregate after a tense second leg in Glasgow. (Daily Record)external-link

Andy Halliday, the Rangers midfielder sent on loan to Gabala after falling out of favour at Ibrox, remains a fan of the club and was spotted cheering on his old team-mates in an Azerbaijan supporters club.(Daily Record)external-link

Graham Dorrans, the Scotland midfielder who scored twice on his Rangers debut as they beat Motherwell on Sunday, revealed that his name on his original shirt for the match against Motherwell was spelled wrongly, with the club's official Twitter account showing a jersey in the Fir Park dressing room bearing the name Doorans. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Celtic's Nir Bitton (left) in action against Hearts
Nir Bitton (left) was used in central defence by Celtic against Hearts

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes that Scott Wright's performance against Hamilton Accies suggests the 19-year-old will be a good successor to wingers Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes, who both left Pittodrie this summer.(The Scotsman)external-link

After scoring in his side's return to the Scottish top flight against Partick Thistle, Hibernian striker Simon Murray says he is grateful for the schooling he received playing in the junior ranks with Downfield, Tayport and Dundee Violet. (The Scotsman)external-link

Ross County forward Michael Gardyne says he and a group of his team-mates are feeling the benefit of early-morning yoga lessons before training.(Scottish Sun)external-link

Scottish football fans in the United States were unable to watch the start of the top flight season for the first time in more than a decade after the contract between the Scottish Professional Football League and Fox Sports expired at the end of last season. (Daily Record, print edition)


Scottish Rugby's plans for a "Super Six" format of semi-professional clubs in its domestic league could eventually lead to the country having a third Pro14 team.(The Herald)external-link

Veteran golfer Catriona Matthew, who will be one of European captain Annika Sorenstam's vice-captains, says she has no complaints about not being one of the Swede's wild card picks to face the United States in the Solheim Cup as she has not played well enough. (The Scotsman)external-link

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