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Celtic have targeted the signing of Kristoffer Ajar, the hottest prospect in Norwegian football, with the 17-year-old striker who has scored eight times this season with relegation-threatened Start also being tracked by an unnamed English club and Paris St Germain.(The Herald)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says Celtic assistant John Collins' suggestion that other Premiership teams were too slow and not clever enough to mount a title challenge was "disparaging", "disrespectful" and "not clever". (The Scotsman)

Malmo head coach Age Hareide has vowed to flush out a dressing-room mole ahead of next week's Champions League play-off against Celtic after complaining about leaked team news. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila blamed himself for being forced to replace Stuart Armstrong after 20 minutes against Partick Thistle, the midfielder having made it clear before the game that he did not feel fully fit. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has reacted to comments from Celtic assistant John Collins

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Tom Rogic, who scored in Sunday's 2-0 win over Partick Thistle, can become "something special" for the Scottish champions as the Australian midfielder begins to emerge from an injury-disrupted start to his career in Glasgow.(The Scotsman)

Ronny Deila admitted he had no idea who Tom Rogic was when he first moved to Celtic - but has now hinted that the Australian could have played his way into the Glasgow side's Champions League line-up. (Daily Record)

Graham Cummins, who was signed this summer, says he will be content to maintain the super-sub tag with St Johnstone this season if it means he remains on the goal trail. the Irish striker having netted twice in a row as a replacement.(The Herald)

Spanish striker Salvo Chamorro is keen to find another club in Scotland after sorting out the registration issues that led to Hamilton Academical scrapping an agreement to sign the 25-year-old who was with third-tier Lleida Esportiu in his homeland last season. (The Sun, print edition)

Nicky Law admits he came close to leaving Rangers in January, but the midfielder is now ­relieved he stuck around for the opportunity to be a part of a team revitalised under Mark Warburton.(The Scotsman)

Midfielder Nicky Law, who is in the final year of his contract with Rangers, wants to prove he is worth a new deal beyond next summer with the Scottish Championship club. (The Herald)

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law says losing in the play-off final to Motherwell was a blessing for the Ibrox club as they were not ready for Scotland's top flight. (The Sun, print edition)

Tony Watt (left) celebrates his goal for Charlton against QPR
Tony Watt (left) scored for Charlton against QPR after being relegated to the bench

Motherwell goalkeeper Connor Ripley admits: "I pictured being a hero then felt like numpty" after going to the opposition penalty box for a late corner only to concede a second goal at home to Dundee United on Saturday. (The Herald)

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade says Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall's move to West Bromwich Albion has stalled again after a £5m bid - £1m less than the Welsh club want - was rejected. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hull City manager Steve Bruce plans to make a new bid to sign Scotland midfielder Shaun Maloney despite his initial offer for the 32-year-old being rejected by Chicago Fire. (The Sun, print edition)

Charlton Athletic manager Guy Luzon has revealed that 21-year-old Scottish striker Tony Watt, who came on as a substitute to score in the 2-0 win over QPR, was on the bench because of a training ground infraction. (Daily Record, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray has spoken for the first time about his wife Kim's pregnancy, saying they are both "so excited". (The Sun, print edition)

Three years after the Scottish Rugby Union published a strategic plan that set winning this year's World Cup as a firm target, chief executive Mark Dodson has admitted that the document has been replaced by a set of policy initiatives that contain no specific goals for the national side. (The Times, print edition)

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