Scotland

Scotland's papers: Cup final 'riot' and Salmond's offer

A reserve of police should be ready to deal with possible pitch invasions at high profile matches, according to a Scottish Football Association commissioned report into the disorder that marred the Scottish Cup Final in May, says The Herald.

On the same story, the Daily Record writes that the results of the probe have been slammed as a "sham" after the report's author, Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen, blamed a "hard core of just 15 Hibs fans" for kicking off the "riot" at Hampden.

Likewise, The Scottish Sun says Rangers have demanded talks with Edward Bowen after branding his report a "botch job".

In other news, The Scotsman writes that the repair bill for Scotland's ageing hospitals has soared by more than £100m, prompting opposition fears that patient safety could be put at risk in many facilities.

On its front page, The National publishes what it describes as "11 lessons" from the last campaign that have to be learned to have "any chance" of gaining independence for Scotland.

The Times of Scotland writes that hundreds of thousands of people with asthma could avoid attacks with a twice-daily tablet, after a trial of a "game-changing" treatment.

Savers were hit by interest rate cuts from the big banks after Tesco Bank, Clydesdale, Halifax and HSBC all reduced returns for those with deposits, says the Scottish Daily Mail, under the headline "Millions stung by greedy bankers".

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has rejected a "megabucks deal" to appear on ITV's I'm a Celebrity. The Scottish Sun claims that the politician turned down multiple offers to join rivals in the jungle because he could not stand "creepy crawlies".

The Press and Journal leads with the case of three men who blew up cash machines in a string of raids across the north-east, who have been jailed for a total of 36 years.

Actor and reality TV star Christopher Biggins has been "sensationally thrown off Celebrity Big Brother" for making a joke about concentration camps, says the Daily Star of Scotland.

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