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Feyenoord have resurrected their bid to sign 23-year-old Manchester City striker John Guidetti once his loan ends at Celtic after it looked like the Swede's wage demands would kill off the move.(The Herald)

Dundee United's board has agreed not to sell Nadir Ciftci to Celtic should the Scottish Premiership leaders make a summer bid for the 23-year-old Turkish striker. (The Sun, print edition)

On-loan striker Amido Balde will soon be on his way back to Celtic after angering Hapoel Tel Aviv by failing to turn up for a match because the 23-year-old was not selected - and the Israeli club will not move to make the transfer permanent. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he wants to emulate Rosenborg in his native Norway and win 13 league titles in a row in what would be a period of unprecedented domination in the Scottish game. (The Scotsman)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described the Scottish top-flight as a one-team league because of Celtic's dominance. (The National)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has described Scotland's top-flight as a one-team league

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has issued a cautious welcome to Leigh Griffiths' return to scoring form but has insisted the Celtic striker must prove his worth over a prolonged period to earn an international recall despite the news that Steven Fletcher has suffered another injury at Sunderland. (The Scotsman)

Gordon Strachan admits that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has timed his scoring run perfectly to win a place in his Scotland squad to face Ireland. (Daily Record, print edition)

Gordon Strachan has revealed he would consider becoming a director of football once he moves on from being Scotland manager. (The Herald)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan thinks Alex Neil deserved to be on the PFA Scotland manager of the year award shortlist for the job he did with Hamilton Academical before joining Norwich City.(Daily Express)

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning has already started scouting potential loan signings from Norwich City after an offer from former New Douglas Park boss Alex Neil.(Sporting Life)

Hibernian goalkeeping coach Alan Combe is wanted by Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke as his assistant, with the Ayrshire club also poised to secure the services of Falkirk goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald and Hearst midfielder Scott Robertson. (Daily Express)

John Potter is expected to step down as Dunfermline Athletic manager after their final game of a disappointing season on Saturday, but the 35-year-old will remain as first-team coach. (Daily Express, print edition)

Former Newcastle United, Motherwell, Hibernian, Inverness and Dundee midfielder Brian Kerr is keen on the managers post at Arbroath after the sacking of Allan Moore, the 33-year-old having ended his playing career at Gayfield in 2013. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibernian, who were given special dispensation to do so last season, are considering joining Rangers in declaring their intention to allow season-ticket holders into the upcoming Premiership play-offs without charge despite it breaking Scottish Professional Football League rules. (The Scotsman)

Scottish Professional Football League clubs will earn £200,000 next season as Petrofac Training Services again sponsors the Challenge Cup. (The Sun, print edition)

Hibs goalkeeping coach Alan Combe
Hibs goalkeeper coach Alan Combe is reportedly wanted by Kilmarnock as assistant manager

Motherwell have offered Lee Erwin, who is out of contract this summer, a three-year deal as they bid to retain the 21-year-old striker who has been watched by Ipswich Town, Preston North End and Rotherham United.(Daily Express)

St Mirren midfielder John McGinn has been ruled out for the rest of the season after the 20-year-old had his leg spiked with a pole thrown by captain Steven Thompson in a training ground accident. (Daily Record, print edition)

John McGinn has probably played his last game for relegation-threatened St Mirren, his training-ground injury arriving with no agreement reached over a new contract beyond the summer for the Scotland Under-21 midfielder.(The Herald)

Striker Jordan McGrotty, who was released by Partick Thistle, is hoping to pick up the pieces of his football career after the 21-year-old was cleared last week of rape following a 16-month wait to stand trial.(Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw believes that Gloucester have saved their best rugby this season for the European Rugby Challenge Cup and hopes his inside knowledge of his former club, Edinburgh, will give his side a crucial edge in Friday's final.(The Herald)

Up-and-coming batsman George Munsey, the 22-year-old who missed out on selection for Scotland's World Cup squad this year, smashed an unbeaten 176 while on trial at English county cricket side Nottinghamshire. (The Herald)

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