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Celtic have launched an appeal to clear Aleksandar Tonev's name but hinted they will pull him out of Sunday's league game against Aberdeen. (Daily Record)

Celtic captain Scott Brown insists the squad is united behind Tonev. (Various)

Former England star John Barnes has called for a return of the Home Internationals, ahead of Scotland's friendly against the Auld Enemy. (Various)

Former Astra chairman Dinu Gheorghe says manager Oleg Protasov is under pressure to beat Europa League opponents Celtic and secure their first points of a troubled Group D campaign. (Daily Express)

Astra boss Protasov, meanwhile, has urged his players to treat the game against Celtic "like a holiday" because "it is a celebration to play against Glasgow Celtic". (Daily Record)

Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee predicts a bright Scotland future for Rangers' Lewis Macleod after the midfielder's first call-up. (Various)

Aberdeen's Ryan Jack is the best midfielder in Scotland outwith Scott Brown, according to Dons boss Derek McInnes. (Daily Mail)

Billy McKinlay is the latest figure to be linked with Motherwell's managerial vacancy. McKinlay, searching for a new post following his short-lived spell at Watford, is in the running to succeed Stuart McCall. (The Herald, The Sun)

Rangers director Derek Lambias was stuck for words at Glasgow Airport when he accidentally arrived at the same time as Celtic were leaving for their Europa League tie in Romania. (Daily Record)

Ricky Sbragia says he has no plans to take on the Scotland under-21s on a permanent basis after the resignation of Billy Stark. (Daily Record)

Rangers flop Arnold Peralta has won a call-up for Honduras, despite vanishing from Ally McCoist's squad for the past five weeks. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has dubbed Ryan Jack the best midfielder in Scotland outwith Scott Brown after the in-form youngster was overlooked by Gordon Strachan for Scotland. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren have disciplined hot-headed Jim Goodwin and fined him after his latest run-in with the SFA. (The Express)

Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs is resigned to losing Dominique Malonga for the forthcoming clash with Queen of the South after the player was called up by Congo. (The Scotsman)

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