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New Southampton signing revealed Celtic manager Ronny Deila tried everything to keep him, including offering him a new contract. (Various)

Scotland striker Steven Naismith missed out on an £8m switch to Norwich City. Everton had agreed to sell him to Alex Neil's side, but pulled out when they failed to land a replacement. (Sun - subscription required)

New Chelsea signing Michael Hector believes it was his loan spell at Aberdeen that helped him land a five-year deal with the English champions. The defender said: "Aberdeen was another level because I was playing in the Scottish Premiership. It was great for me and I learned so much." (Daily Record - print edition)

Michael Hector, who had a loan spell at Aberdeen, signed a £4m deal with Chelsea on transfer deadline day
Michael Hector, who had a loan spell at Aberdeen, signed a £4m deal with Chelsea on transfer deadline day

Former Celtic defender Jason Denayer says he signed on loan for Turkish side Galatasaray because their fans remind him of Celtic supporters. (Sun - print edition)

Germany manager Joachim Low has warned his players to be wary of Scotland's famous Hampden roar. The boss of the world champions said: "We know the atmosphere in Scotland will be really lively." (Sun - prinmt edition)

Georgia manager Kakhaber Tskhadadze is out for revenge against Scotland, because he was in the CIS side that lost 3-0 to Andy Roxburgh's men at Euro 92, with Brian McClair's effort deflecting off Tskhadadze and into the net. (Various)

Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan will be in charge of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier between Georgia and Scotland. The 35-year-old doctor was the man in the middle when Scotland played Croatia in 2013. (Sun - print edition)

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