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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The Scottish Professional Football League is set to finally clinch a sponsor, with commercial director Scott Steedman insisting there is "no way" a new deal won't be signed for next season. (Scotsman)

Kilmarnock will finalise the captures of Scott Robinson and Jamie MacDonald. (Daily Express)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is ready to reignite interest in Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci. The Tannadice club are apparently looking for £3 million for the Turk. (Sun)

Nadir Ciftci (left) could be in line to join former teammates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven at Celtic Park
Nadir Ciftci (left) could be in line to join former teammates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven at Celtic Park

Defender Jason Denayer is set to be part of Manchester City's squad next season, meaning there will be no return to Celtic. (Daily Mail)

John McGinn will find out today whether his season is over after he was jabbed with a spear by St Mirren skipper Steven Thompson is a bizarre training ground accident. (Sun)

Falkirk manager Peter Houston is glad Inverness' Josh Meekings can play against his side in the Scottish Cup final on 30 May. (Sun)

Meanwhile Houston has denied claims he has a problem with Hibs boss Alan Stubbs despite a recent war of words. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen legend Willie Miller says the Dons have to put down a marker by beating Celtic next Sunday, to show that they can push the Parkhead club even further next season. (Sun)

David King and Paul Murray face a much tougher selection criteria than that given to Craig Whyte, who was appointed to the Rangers board after "ticking a single box on an SFA form". (Daily Record)

Former England skipper Peter Reid says Scottish and British football needs a vibrant Old Firm in the top tier together. (Various)

Peter Reid wants to see Rangers and Celtic go head to head again in the top flight
Peter Reid wants to see Rangers and Celtic go head to head in the top flight

Rosenborg manager Kare Ingebrigtsen would love to extend Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson's loan spell, after the 19-year-old took his goals tally for the season to three against Viking. (Various)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says rivals are envious of his defenders after conceding only 32 goals this season. (Various)

Livingston have cut tickets for Saturday's game with Queen of the South, with adult briefs just £10, as they try to catch Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Championship and avoid the play-offs. (Daily Record)

And, the Doonhamers have been told Palmerston Park would be fit for the Premiership next season, as long as they get a new certificate for their artificial pitch. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

The R&A are to discuss the issues of slow play after a survey of more than 56,000 golfers showed that 60% were unhappy with the length of their rounds. (Scotsman)

Jonas Bjorkman will coach Andy Murray through this summer, while his main coach Amelie Mauresmo prepares to have her first child in August. (Scotsman)

Shaun Murphy, who is Anthony McGill's opponent in the last eight of the snooker World Championship, says the Scotsman is playing like he did when he won the title at the Crucible in 2005. (Various)

Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers have moved up three places to sixth in the tennis doubles rankings. (Daily Record)

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