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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic captain Scott Brown insists defeat by Icelandic outfit Stjarnan in Champions League qualifying is unthinkable. (Various)

Hearts owner Ann Budge will challenge the SPFL hierarchy by putting her name forward a place on their board.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has made his fourth summer signing with the arrival of ex-Manchester United youngster Jordan Thompson. (Various)

The owner of Inverness CT's Europa League rivals Astra paid £60,000 to shoot and stuff an elephant.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Dutch playmaker Rodney Sneijder
Dundee United bound? Dutch playmaker Rodney Sneijder has been linked with a move to Tannadice

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer says he has his loan spell at Celtic to thank for signing a new five-year deal with the English Premier League club. "It's physical and was good to improve that part of my game," he said.

Full story: Daily Record

Nigel Hasselbaink has ended his stay in Scotland to return home to the Netherlands to join Excelsior. The striker, who starred for Hamilton, St Mirren and St Johnstone, says his family will have the chance to see him play every week.

Full story: Daily Record

Dundee United are eyeing Dutch playmaker Rodney Sneijder as a replacement for former Tannadice favourite Stuart Armstrong. Sneijder, brother of Galatasary midfielder Wesley, has earned rave reviews at Almere. (Various)

Meanwhile, United boss Jackie McNamara could move for former St Mirren midfielder John McGinn, although the Paisley outfit are due a compensation fee.

Full story: Daily Express

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough has told striker Scott McDonald he needs an answer on the club's offer of a new contract. (Various)

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has his eye on further majors - and eclipsing Jack Nicklaus's record of 18

John Hughes has challenged his Inverness players to make Europa League opponents Astra eat their words. Romanian coach Marius Sumudica labelled Inverness a long ball team but Hughes insists they are in for a surprise on Thursday.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Tiger Woods, speaking ahead of The Open at St Andrews, remains confident of eclipsing Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors - seven years after winning the last of his 14. (Various)

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