Scottish Gossip: Gordon, Celtic, Rangers, Doncaster

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is hoping to make it to the group stage of the Champions League at the third time of asking.

The keeper missed out once before with former club Hearts and with Celtic against Maribor last season. (Various)

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at former Rangers chief Charles Green - by welcoming the arrival of Stewart Robertson as the Ibrox club's managing director.

"It's always much easier for any league if you are dealing with professional, credible people at any big club," said Doncaster.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Mark Warburton and his Rangers players applaud the fans at full-time
Mark Warburton was content with the game despite losing to Burnley in his first game in charge

Despite losing his first game in charge, Rangers boss Mark Warburton declared himself content with "a very good evening's work" in last night's 1-0 friendly loss to Burnley at Ibrox. (Various)

Former Rangers midfielder Ian Black, released at the end of last season, played as a triallist for Berwick Rangers last night in a friendly against Junior outfit Haddington Athletic.

Full story: Daily Record

Stjarnan boss Runar Pall Sigmundsson insists his side can upset Celtic in their Champions League qualifier by overturning the two-goal first leg deficit to progress. (Various)

Ronny Deila is happy to have Nadir Ciftci available for Celtic's European campaign as the striker serves a six-game Premiership ban for biting. (Various)

New Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth insists he had no reservations about succeeding Eddie Wolecki Black at the Scottish Women's Premier League champions. (Various)

Real Madrid's 19-year-old forward Jack Harper
Jack Harper may seek pastures new in Spain

Dundee United have ended their interest in Wigan striker Billy McKay after the English League One outfit rejected two bids by United. (Various)

Austrian striker Darko Bodul is determined to shine at Dundee United to atone for blowing his dream move to Ajax earlier in his career. (Various)

Hibernian's board must "stay strong" and show resolve should Rangers bid for playmaker Scott Allan, according to Easter Road legend Pat Stanton.

Full story: Daily Record

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has warned his players against complacency as they take a 3-0 first leg lead to Croatia in their Europa League qualifier against Rijeka.

Full story: Daily Express

Real Madrid's 19-year-old forward Jack Harper, who was born in Malaga to Scottish parents, is mulling over his future at the club following its decision to ditch the third team and may join another Primera Liga club.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Ernie Els insists the R&A were unfairly criticised over their handling of the weather-disrupted Open at St Andrews. "What were they supposed to do? I think they did everything they could," said the Big Easy.

Full story: The Herald

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