Scottish Gossip: Virgil van Dijk, Scott Allan, Celtic, Rangers, Hibs

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has made Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk his first choice to replace John Stones, who has been heavily linked with Chelsea. (Sun, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists he is not motivated by the money on offer in his pursuit of a place in the Champions League as it's the prestige of being involved he is most keen on. (Daily Record)

And Deila insists it's more fun to be at Celtic Park than at the Nou Camp as he targets a run in Europe's premier football competition.(Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila and Virgil van Dijk
Deila is targeting the Champions League but might he have to do without Van Dijk?

Two Celtic teams will effectively be fielded by Deila in Saturday's friendly against Rennes as he juggles game-time for his players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League qualifier at home to Azerbaijan champions Qarabag. (The Scotsman)

Rangers are preparing a third bid for Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan after two previous offers were rejected. (Sun - subscription required)

Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn believes the Dons are capable of overcoming Kairat Almaty then a play-off round to reach the Europa League group stage. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn scores against Rijeka
McGinn helped Aberdeen overcome Rijeka to reach the Europa League third qualifying round

Scottish defender Kirk Broadfoot is seeking legal advice in a bid to tell his side of the story after the Rotherham United player was given a 10-game ban for alleged sectarian abuse towards James McClean in game between the Millers and Wigan in March.(Daily Record)

Former Scotland, Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie has made a surprise switch to Stirling Albion, having been with Ayr United last season.(Herald)

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