Scottish Gossip: Nadir Ciftci, Stevie Smith, Jamie Murray

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says new signing Nadir Ciftci is in the running for a start against Stjarnan in Champions League qualifying after his goal sealed a 1-0 win in a friendly match against Real Sociedad. (Various)

Chris Sutton argues that his former Celtic team-mate Jackie McNamara should leave his post as manager of Dundee United after losing Ciftci to their old club. (Daily Record)

Stevie Smith says he is looking forward to playing a lot more matches at left-back now that he has joined Kilmarnock, having played 18 out of 20 games last term in the Rangers midfield. (Various)

Striker Michael O'Halloran feels St Johnstone let down all of Scottish football when they lost to Armenian minnows Alashkert in Europa League qualifying. (Various)

Kilmarnock left-back Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith hopes to play most of his football for Kilmarnock at left-back

The Perth Saints had six players injured over the two legs against Alashkert and the club had to charter a flight at a cost of £110,000 for the trip to Armenia. (Daily Mail)

Former Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan has replaced Jonatan Johansson as coach of the Fir Park club's Under-20s. (Various)

Ahead of Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, Inverness CT manager John Hughes frets that his team's preparations for their first European match are being hampered by niggling injuries. (Various)

Aberdeen's on-loan goalkeeper Danny Ward believes the Dons will need to improve their use of the ball if they are to progress past Croatian side Rijeka in the next qualifying round of the Europa League. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray will ask his brother Jamie if he wants him to be a spectator when his elder sibling plays in the Wimbledon men's doubles final. (Various)

Jamie Murray jokes that he kept checking to see if David Beckham had stayed to the end of his semi-final win with doubles partner John Peers. (Daily Mail)

Justin Rose recovered from the shock of hitting a spectator with his golf ball to move into a tie for second place at the Scottish Open at Gullane. (Various)

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