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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has defended his criticism of the fitness levels of the squad he inherited from Neil Lennon in the summer, and says if the players do not want to be "24-hour athletes" they should find work outside of football. (Daily Record)

Deila used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of how fit his players should be, and Andy Murray, with the Norwegian insisting there is no way the Scottish tennis star eats chips. (Various)

And Deila says he will walk away from his role if his methods are not taken on board. (Various)

Celtic captain Scott Brown hopes a Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb will help ensure more fans flock to the club's European matches. (Various)

Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic
Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic admitted he had mixed up Celtic Park and Ibrox

Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic, who described Celtic Park as the best atmosphere he ever played in, later admitted he had made a mistake and was actually talking about Ibrox, where he played against Rangers with Bayer Leverkusen 16 years ago. (Various)

And Dinamo's Angelo Henriquez, who is on loan from Manchester United, is determined to show his parent club what they are missing by starring against Celtic. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Rangers duo Kris Boyd and Bilel Mohsni could appeal the charges they have been hit with for violent conduct in the club's 3-1 defeat by Hibernian. (Daily Record)

Ibrox skipper Lee McCulloch admits the pressure is mounting over Rangers' on-field performances after the 3-1 home defeat by Hibernian. (Herald)

The names of Charles Green and Brian Stockbridge were on the certificates sent out to investors in Rangers' recent share issue due to a printing error, leaving fans furious. (Daily Record)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has increased his stake in Rangers to around 9%. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

St Johnstone's new signing James McFadden is out to prove he is still hungry to make an impact in the game, insisting he is not motivated by money. (Various)

Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie says Andrew Robertson's rise from amateur football with Queen's Park to the Premier League with Hull City is an inspiration to every aspiring Scottish player. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett says his side must learn to keep clean sheets after seeing them squander a 2-0 lead to draw at home with St Mirren on Tuesday night. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels could be set for a shock return to the game as boss of Ayr United. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Cardiff caretaker manager Scott Young believes David Marshall should be Scotland's number one goalkeeper. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Europe's victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley reckons the picture of Rory McIlroy dressed in a kilt alongside Scot Stephen Gallacher perfectly summed up the spirit in his squad. (Daily Record)

Scotland rugby boss Vern Cotter says the launch of the academy system could pave the way for more professional sides. (Herald)

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