Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Ciftci, Mulgrew and Ranieri

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Having already had offers of £900,000 and £1m for Nadir Ciftci knocked back by Dundee United, Celtic are preparing a third bid but will need to match the near £1.5m offered by Wigan Athletic last week to land the 23-year-old Turkish striker.(Sunday Post)

Celtic have made a new loan offer for Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard, with the Spanish club's new manager, Rafa Benitez, ready to decide next month on the future of the 16-year-old midfielder, who made his debut under Parkhead boss Ronny Deila at Stromsgodset and is also wanted by Getafe. (Scotland On Sunday, print edition)

Celtic have pulled out of the race to sign Genk striker Jelle Vossen, paving the way for Burnley to sign the 26-year-old Belgian who was on loan with Middlesbrough last season. (Sunday Mirror, print edition)

Scotland utility player Charlie Mulgrew has revealed he is in talks with Celtic about extending his contract with the Scottish champions. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Charlie Mulgrew wants to commit himself to Celtic for the rest of his career. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Martin Odegaard
Celtic have reportedly made a fresh bid to sign Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard on loan

Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine believes the Pittodrie side are geared to launch a major title challenge to Celtic this season after assembling the best squad he's seen at the club in his 11 years of service. (Scotland On Sunday)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes says Russell Latapy could exit as his assistant to become a manager in his own right, with Brian Rice likely to succeed the former Trinidad and Tobago head coach.(Aberdeen Press & Journal)

After being sacked as the national coach of Greece, former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri says a return to the game in British football - including Scotland - is prominent on his wish list. (Sunday Post)

The Scottish FA will appoint a new manager of their under-21 squad in the next fortnight - eight months after Billy Stark left the post. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Current youth team managers Ricky Sbragia and Scot Gemmill are among those being considered for the post as Scotland Under-21 manager. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will look to cash in on his contacts in England to sign a striker as the Ibrox squad head for a few days using Tottenham Hotspur's training facilities, culminating with a closed-doors game against the London side.(Sunday Post)

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri is quoted as saying he would consider a manager's role in Scotland

Lewis Macleod would like to return to Rangers one day - but not this season as the 21-year-old midfielder wants to make his mark with Brentford after injury blighted his first six months at the English Championship club. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Wolves are poised to reject the latest £1.25m bid from Fulham for former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Kevin McDonald. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Stephen Dobbie is hoping to impress Neil Lennon after going on trial with Bolton Wanderers following the Scottish striker's release by Crystal Palace. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

St Mirren are hoping to raise money for their bid to return to the Scottish Premiership by charging holidaymakers to use their car park as St Mirren Park is a mile from Glasgow Airport.(Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Holder Justin Rose has urged European Tour bosses to keep moving the Scottish Open around courses instead of giving Donald Trump a monopoly by handing the American a long-term commitment to his Menie Estate at Balmedie outside Aberdeen. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

While the 15-year-old wild card suffered the disappointment of a 6-4, 6-3 defeat by Sofya Zhuk of Russia on her maiden exposure to the girls' singles competition at Wimbledon, Ali Collins is hoping to follow the route to stardom of fellow Dunblane native Andy Murray.(Sunday Herald)

Cheered on like tennis royalty from the Centre Court balcony by Judy Murray and Leon Smith, Jamie Murray and his Australian partner, John Peers, fought back from two sets to one down to book a place in the third round of the men's doubles.(Sunday Herald)

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