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Canada youth international Dario Zanatta is expected to sign a two-year contract with Hearts after the 18-year-old forward impressing on trial.(The Herald)

Rodney Sneijder, the brother of Netherlands midfielder Wesley, has confirmed he is on the verge of signing for Dundee United after the 24-year-old played 15 minutes of a pre-season friendly against AZ Alkmaar. (The Sun)

Former Dundee United and Scotland defender Garry Kenneth, who has been with Adamstown Rosebud in Australia, is poised to join Skonto Riga and the 28-year-old could feature in the Europa League if the Latvian side defeat Hungarians Debrecen. (The Sun, print edition)

Out-of-favour Sam Stanton says he would leave Hibernian in search of first-team football, but the 21-year-old midfielder wants a loan deal as he views his long-term future at Easter Road. (Daily Record, print edition)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, 24, will not be sold to Manchester City.(Daily Express)

Dario Zanatta (right) in action for Hearts against Stirling Albion
Dario Zanatta (right) could sign for Hearts after playing against Stirling Albion

Former Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton is poised to join Blackpool after the 32-year-old, who has been released by Cardiff City, impressed on trial. (Blackpool Gazette)

Former Scotland defender Steven Caldwell has retired at the age of 34, ending his career with Major League Soccer club Toronto.(MLS Soccer)

Scotland Under-19 striker Oliver McBurnie has joined Swansea City on a three-year contract from Bradford City. (Wales Online)

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon is considering signing Lukasz Zaluska, the goalkeeper he signed while at Celtic and who has been freed by the Scottish champions. (Daily Express, print edition)

French Second Division club Metz have signed Amido Balde after the striker was allowed to leave Celtic despite having two years of his contract left to run. (STV)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will give Stefan Johansen a dressing down after the midfielder squabbled with Leigh Griffiths over who would take a penalty kick in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Stjarnan in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier in Glasgow. (Daily Express, print edition)

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata says being forced off with cramp before the end of Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan ruined his scoring debut for the Scottish champions. (The Sun, print edition)

Oliver McBurnie in action for Bradford
Scotland Unider-19 forward Oliver McBurnie has left Bradford City to join Swansea City

Rijeka head coach Matjaz Kek says his players will pay the price if they write Aberdeen off as a bunch of long-ball lumberjacks as the Croats play host to the first leg of their Europa League qualifier at Kantrida Stadium on Thursday.(Daily Record)

After the honour of being appointed Partick Thistle captain in summer 2013, 25-year-old midfielder Sean Welsh now finds himself having to prove his fitness this pre-season in order to have a short-term contract extended beyond August. (The Herald)

Rangers full-back Lee Wallace has revealed that the club's top players are actively involved in drawing up a new code of conduct with manager Mark Warburton.(The Herald)

Falkirk have dropped their interest in forward Paul Heffernan, who was released by Dundee, after signing former Motherwell striker Bob McHugh. (Falkirk Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotsman Ivor Robson, the undisputed voice of the first tee, will, literally, call time on his 41-year career as official starter on Sunday at the close of this year's 144th staging if The Open at St Andrews. (The Scotsman)

Former world number one Tiger Woods has revealed he loves the Old Course at St Andrews so much he wants to play it backwards. (Daily Record)

Golf fans looking for a last-minute room in St Andrews during The Open can expect to be hit by a 300% hike in normal prices, with only a few rooms still available in the town last night for the first two days of the 144th Championship , which tees off today.(Daily Record)

Hundreds of fans have welcomed a group of the world's toughest fighters to Glasgow as the UFC, run by mixed martial arts (MMA) company prepares to stage its first event in Scotland at the SSE Hydro on Saturday. (Daily Record)

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