Scottish Gossip: Mackay-Steven and Rooney on title rivalry

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven says there is no crisis at Celtic after Aberdeen beat his team to move top of the Premiership table. He says he is "confident" Celtic will win the league. (Various)

Dons goalscorer Adam Rooney says he and his team-mates are taking inspiration from photos of Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden time at Pittodrie. (The Sun)

But he warns they risk "a slap in the face" if they talk of winning the title. (Daily Record)

Sacked Partick Thistle defender Jordan McMillan could be banned from playing for two years after UK Anti-Doping rejected his claim that his drink had been spiked with cocaine. (The Sun)

Steven Naismith walks off with the match ball after his hat-trick against Chelsea at Goodison
Steven Naismith walks off with the match ball after his hat-trick against Chelsea at Goodison

Midfielder Nicky Law, 27, hopes to be offered a new contract at Rangers as he seeks a bit of stability in the final year of his current deal. (Daily Express)

And Law believes Rangers can win one of the two major domestic cup competitions this season. (Daily Mail)

Ajax were disappointed with their result preceding their home game with Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday - the Eridivisie leaders dropped their first points of the season as they drew 2-2 away to Twente Enschede. (Various)

Dutch police have collated a list of known Ajax hooligans who will be arrested on sight if they are seen near Celtic fans in Amsterdam. (Daily Record)

Ajax forward Viktor Fischer tells manager Frank de Boer he is ready to face Celtic. The Danish Under-21 star scored against Twente Enschede and says he "feels good" after his hamstring injury problems. (Daily Record)

Livingston goalkeeper Darren Jamieson says the way his team limited Rangers to three goals at Ibrox in the Championship on Saturday shows their league position is false - the West Lothian side have one point from six matches so far and sit at the foot of the table. (Daily Record)

Gary Cornish tries to cope with the attacks of Anthony Joshua
Gary Cornish tries to cope with the attacks of Anthony Joshua

St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig says his team need "a couple of big performances" in their next two matches - away to Kilmarnock in the league and a trip to Ibrox on 22 September in the League Cup. (Daily Mail)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman described Virgil van Dijk's debut performance in the 0-0 draw at West Brom as "perfect". Van Dijk moved to the English club from Celtic for £13m. (Various)

Scotland forward Steven Naismith, who came off the bench after nine minutes to score a hat-trick for Everton against Chelsea on Saturday, says it was a "prime example" of why a player needs to be ready to perform. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour believes referee Victor Loughlin was right to stop Inverness heavyweight Gary Cornish after he had been knocked down by Anthony Joshua in the first round of their Commonwealth title bout in London. Gilmour plans to arrange a bout for Cornish early in 2016, possibly in his home city. (Daily Express)

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons believes his team's 27-24 win over Treviso in Italy "will have huge value to us later in the season". (Scotsman)

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