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Club Brugge are considering a player swap offer to Celtic in their desire to sign Israel midfielder Nir Bitton after initially considering a £1.2m bid - double what the Scottish champions paid Ashdod two seasons ago.(The Sun)

Emilio Izaguirre has confirmed he is ready to play for Honduras in the Gold Cup and a series of friendlies at the end of the season in a move that could leave the Celtic left-back with no summer break at all. (The Herald)

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre has revealed that he will have ankle surgery this summer - but only after representing Honduras. (The Sun, print edition)

Emilio Izaguirre could miss Celtic's Champions League qualifiers after doing an international u-turn, the defender having initially told Honduras he would not be available for the Gold Cup as the competition - which runs from July 7-26 - clashes with the European qualifying rounds. (Daily Record)

Fresh from helping Celtic seal a fourth successive domestic league title, captain Scott Brown has revealed he wants to finish his playing career at the club by setting a new Scottish record of 10 consecutive championship wins.(The Scotsman)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton
Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton is being linked with Belgian club Club Brugge

Age Hareide, who has twice won the league in Sweden with Molde and Malmo as well as leading Brondby to the Danish title on top of winning his homeland league at Rosenborg, says his current Malmo side are better than the one countryman Ronny Deila has led to the Scottish title. (The Herald)

Rangers and Motherwell, who are already at loggerheads with the Scottish Professional Football League over its refusal to allow free admission for season-ticket holders to the forthcoming play-off matches, have been informed that they will receive only a fraction of the extra revenue generated by the televising of any ties they are involved in. (The Times, print edition)

Representatives of Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni, who has lost his starting place at Rangers under Stuart McCall, are in talks with Freiburg and the 27-year-old could seal a summer move if the German side avoid relegation from the Bundesliga. (The Sun, print edition)

Queen of the South striker Gavin Reilly says the fact Rangers keep insisting that they do not have a psychological barrier playing on the Dumfries' side's artificial surface is an indication that they do have a mental hang-up about Palmerston Park.(Daily Record)

On-loan striker Declan McManus hopes the goals that helped Greenock Morton secure the Scottish League One title will persuade Aberdeen to offer him a new contract beyond the summer. (Daily Express)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has warned every member of his squad that they are fighting to remain part of his plans next season. (Daily Express, print edition)

Paul Hartley is looking to add up to four more new players to his Dundee squad this summer having already secured Aberdeen midfielder Nicky Low, Falkirk striker Rory Loy and Alloa Athletic left-back Daryll Meggatt on pre-contract agreements. (The Sun, print edition)

Terry Butcher celebrates with Hibernian
Terry Butcher says his Newport budget is bigger than he had with Inverness

After being named the new manager of Newport County, Terry Butcher has revealed that he will have more money to spend on players with the English League Two outfit than he did with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Scotland's top flight. (Daily Record, print edition)

Former Dunfermline Athletic manager Dick Campbell, presently with Forfar Athletic, Airdrieonians' Gary Bollan and former Ross County boss Derek Adams are among the leading contenders to take over at East End Park, but Queen's Park's Gus MacPherson is the bookmakers' favourite. (The Scotsman)

Football Against Racism in Europe has criticised the FA in England over the delay in a nine-month investigation into alleged texts involving Malky Mackay while the Scot was manager of Cardiff City.(Daily Mirror)

Hearts director of football Craig Levein says the days of managers like Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are over as clubs are too big to be ruled by one man and that other clubs are trying to pick his brains about how the title-winning Tynecastle set-up works - with a view to implementing it themselves. (Daily Record)

Hearts director of football Craig Levein has urged those at the top of Scottish football to listen to Tynecastle owner Ann Budge's ideas to revolutionise the game.(The Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber
Newly married Andy Murray beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in Munich to win his first clay-court title

Team sports are expected to move up the pecking order for public investment when Sportscotland reveals its distribution of funding later this month and it will illustrate a push for longer-term returns that deviates from the medals-or-bust mantra of UK Sport. Women's football is among the expected beneficiaries.(The Herald)

Playing - and winning - his first tournament since his wedding, Andy Murray resolved the dilemma of whether to wear or not to wear his wedding ring by opting to tie the knot again - by attaching the platinum band to one of his trainers. (Daily Record)

Andy Murray relented on his vow not to wear lederhosen presented to the champion of the BMW Open in Munich after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final.(The Independent)

Craig Wallace, the Forfarshire wicketkeeper/batsman overlooked for the World Cup, staked his claim for a Scotland recall with a superb century in the opening match of this season's CS Pro50 Trophy against the Reivers. (The Herald)

World Rugby is to review the international eligibility rules amid concerns that the increasing movement of players from the southern hemisphere to Europe could threaten the integrity of national squads.(Daily Telegraph)

Edinburgh have signed 18-year-old fly-half Ben Kinghorn, who will play for Scotland at this summer's World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy, on a two-year contract. (The Scotsman)

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