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English Championship leaders Brighton have joined Cardiff City, Fulham and Rotherham United in considering a bid for Hibernian and Scotland Under-21 striker Jason Cummings, while Premier League outfit Bournemouth have also watched the 20-year-old.(Sunday Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday will make a club record bid to sign Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes in January, Championship rivals Middlesbrough having had a £14m offer rejected by Blackburn Rovers in the summer. (The People, print edition)

Gordon Strachan has dismissed doubts over midfielder Scott Brown's international future and insists the Celtic captain will continue to lead Scotland into their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.(Scotland On Sunday)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan does not believe any of his older players will retire from international football before next year's World Cup campaign. (Sunday Herald)

Jordan Rhodes celebrates scoring for Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday are the latest club to be linked with Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will not be backing England to win Euro 2016 as he does not want Roy Hodgson's side to be on a high when the sides meet in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Gordon Strachan thinks it might be a tall order to expect Scotland to top World Cup qualifying Group F ahead of England. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has called a summit of Scottish football's managers and chairmen after a study by the governing body showed an alarming drop in the number of home-grown under-21 players being given a chance at first-team level in the top two divisions.(Sunday Mail)

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has revealed he is on the verge of going public with the blueprint he hopes can lead to a revolution in the country's football after being hired by national boss Gordon Strachan along with Willie Smith, the founder of Hillwood Boys Club in Pollok. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has called on the Scottish Government to provide the funds necessary to help revamp football at grassroots level. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

David Longwell - head of St Mirren's five star-rated youth academy - was relieved to learn that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is not among those calling for the abolition of Club Academy Scotland, the system referred to as Pro Youth. (Sunday Herald)

Hibernian's head of football operations, George Craig, says the number of players in Club Academy Scotland should be slashed to no more than 700 kids instead of the present 2000.(Sunday Mail)

Jamie Vardy celebrates with Leicester
Jamie Vardy was recommended to Rangers as a potential signing before his move to Leicster

Midfielder Tom Rogic has returned to Celtic for treatment and has been ruled out of Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh, having picked up a quad injury after coming off the bench against Kyrgyzstan on Thursday. (Fox Sports)

Celtic are facing concerns over Tom Rogic after the midfielder, who has scored five goals in 16 games and looked to have put behind him two years of injury problems, was sent home from international duty with Australia.(Sunday Mail)

Scotland has three grounds among the 100 best football stadiums in the world, according to FourFourTwo magazine, with Celtic Park being 11th on the list, Rangers' Ibrox Stadium being 30th and the national stadium at Hampden Park 51st, but that is 48 spots behind England's home, Wembley. (Scotland On Sunday)

Kieran Tierney has heaped praise on fellow left-back Emilio Izaguirre for helping him adapt to the Celtic team, even though the 18-year-old has replaced the Honduras international in Ronny Deila's side.(Scotland On Sunday)

Adam Eckersley is pleased to be close to his Hibernian debut after injury, but the left-back is still bemused about being released by Hearts at the end of last season. (Scotland On Sunday)

Hibernian left-back Adam Eckersley claims Hearts had promised him a new contract for helping them win the Scottish Championship last season but at the last minute took the deal off the table. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Former Rangers chief scout John Brown says he recommended signing Jamie Vardy, the Leicester City striker attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, while the 28-year-old was in non-league football with Fleetwood Town. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Rangers assistant David Weir insists that he and manager Mark Warburton will never be accused of "anti-football" as they prefer an attacking policy.(Sunday Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray prepares for the ATP World Tour finals
Andy Murray has been preparing for the ATP World Tour finals in London

A year after his mum took part in Strictly Come Dancing, Andy Murray has employed Teresina Goheen, a former professional dancer, to help him with his movement, flexibility and footwork as he tries to juggle training on two different surfaces in preparation for the ATP World Tour Finals on the hard courts of London's 02 Arena this week and the Davis Cup on an indoor clay court in Ghent, Belgium, next week.(Scotland On Sunday)

Andy Murray thinks the drugs scandal that has enveloped Russia is a widespread problem and "out of control" and the world number two thinks it is a blight that needs tackled urgently and stretches beyond athletics and, possibly, even into his own sport, tennis. (The Observer)

Jamie Murray, who competes in the doubles at the ATP World Tour finals, admits that playing his final tournament with John Peers before the play with new partners next season will be "a little bit awkward". (The People, print edition)

Russell Knox and his manager will make it the top priority to discuss whether or not the golfer should take up European Tour membership when they meet on Tuesday. The American-based Scot's fortunes having changed hugely for the better following his triumph in the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in China last Sunday, but his £900,000 winner's cheque cannot be converted into invaluable Ryder Cup points. (Sunday Herald)

Only two months after recording a first college event win in the United States, 19-year-old Scottish Amateur champion Robert MacIntyre has quit his scholarship at McNeese State University in Louisiana after a fall-out with the McNeese "Cowboys" head coach, Austin Burk.(Scotland On Sunday)

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