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Scotland's papers: 'Crumbling' motorways and Rangers shirts

The Scotsman says the surfaces of Scotland's motorways are in a worse condition and deteriorating faster than other roads, with the proportion of motorways that need resurfacing increasing from 30% to 42% in three years.

On the same story - based on a report from Audit Scotland - The Times claims roads in Scotland are now "significantly worse" than those in England, due to major underinvestment north of the border,

BBC bosses ordered River City star Adam Robertson to delete online posts criticising the broadcaster over its indyref coverage, says The National.

Under the headline "NHS fat cat gravy train", the Scottish Daily Mail claims that some bosses in the health service are being paid "massive salaries" while presiding over failing hospitals. The paper says one senior official was paid £177,500 - about £34,000 more than Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Daily Record writes that some sports shops across Scotland will start selling the new Rangers strip today "against the club's wishes". The paper says that the dispute is part of the club's "increasingly bitter split with sportswear tycoon Mike Ashley".

A Pokemon fan was "bottled" by a gang, who pulled up beside her in a car and filmed the 02:00 ambush outside a bank in Portobello, according to The Scottish Sun.

Like many of Thursday's front pages, the Daily Star of Scotland features an image of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. He has been chosen to carry the Union Jack for Team GB in Friday night's opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana stadium.

The Press and Journal says that fire service chiefs intend to close control room buildings in Aberdeen and Inverness before a new centre in Dundee is complete, meaning staff will have to suffer a "winter of discontent" in chilly portable cabins.

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