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Wolverhampton Wanderers are preparing a summer transfer bid for Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, with manager Kenny Jackett admitting that the 20-year-old is on his radar, but Brighton, Cardiff City, Derby County and Fulham are also interested. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs insists he is not interested in selling John McGinn despite the midfielder's value having soared after making his Scotland debut against Denmark. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton says he would love to seal a move to Arsenal, with whom he has been linked, but would knock back a move to lower Premier League clubs. (The Sun)

Scottish Professional Football League chiefs and Celtic have tried to block new laws that would give fans more influence in how clubs are run and, while the Scottish champions made their views public, league bosses asked the Scottish Government to keep theirs secret. (The Times)

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings
Hibernian striker Jason Cummings scored twice for Scotland Under-21s against Northern Ireland

Half the Rangers players who took EBT payments under previous owner David Murray would have known the taxman could target them, a tax expert has claimed as Chancellor George Osborne has made a very specific pledge to claw back unpaid tax from individuals who used such schemes as an avoidance vehicle. (Daily Record)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has rejected a suggestion by former Celtic manager Neil Lennon that the Scottish Cup semi-final between the Glasgow rivals will be too big for him to handle. (Daily Record)

Following criticism of the Hampden Park pitch from Celtic captain Scott Brown, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has expressed his own concerns ahead of Scottish Cup semi-final between their clubs. (The Scotsman)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton hopes to secure 25-year-old midfielder Harry Forrester on an extended contract following talks with the Englishman. (Daily Mail, print edition)

St Johnstone have opened talks with 26-year-old St Mirren right-back Keith Watson about a move to the Scottish Premiership club next season, while Saints boss Tommy Wright has already held talks with Dundee United forward Ryan Dow. (Daily Express, print edition)

St Mirren have rejected a £60,000 offer from Dundee for 20-year-old midfielder Stevie Mallan. (The Sun, print edition)

Keith Watson celebrates a goal for St Mirren
St Mirren right-back Keith Watson has been linked with a move to St Johnstone

Dundee are hoping to kill off interest by Celtic in Paul McGinn by offering the right-back a contract extension until summer 2017, the 25-year-old having also been scouted by Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic. (Daily Express, print edition)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has distanced himself from making a host of signings this summer, believing his side can progress next season with "one or two additions" on top of the addition of midfielders James Vincent and Danny Williams from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.(The Courier)

Manager Alan Archibald has admitted he would be shocked if Partick Thistle's out-of-contract midfield trio of Stuart Bannigan, Abdul Osman and Stevie Lawless signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who have informed their Scottish Premiership rivals of their interest.(The Herald)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee says that, should his side finish in the top six of the Scottish Premiership, it would have a huge impact on his budget for next season, saying that each place in the table could signify as much as an extra two players for him.(The Herald)

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning urged the 12 players who are out-of-contract this summer to focus on helping the club avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership before thinking of their own futures.(The Herald)

Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean, who won his first Scotland cap against Czech Republic last week, is ready to miss his family holiday if it means he can don the dark blue of Scotland once more this summer.(Press and Journal)

Stevie Mallan (right) celebrates a goal for St Mirren
St Mirren have reportedly rejected a bid from Dundee for Stevie Mallan (right)

St Johnstone owner Geoff Brown, chairman of housebuilders GS Brown Construction, has criticised Perth and Kinross Council, saying he is "depressed" about the town's economic future and questioned whether the council was up to the job of turning it around.(The Courier)

Raith Rovers chief executive Eric Drysdale admits the club face even greater financial challenges next season - but insists there have been no discussions at boardroom level about the possibility of the Scottish Championship club going part-time.(The Courier)

Hearts and Crystal Palace have both paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, the Edinburgh comedian and actor who was a fan of both clubs and who has died, aged 85.(The Scotsman)

Strange but true? (check the date)

Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley is in trouble with the Scottish FA, having been called to the national stadium to explain a social media rant against Scottish Cup mascot Scotty Cup. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Scotland captain Grant Gilchrist snubbed a move to European champions Toulon to sign a new contract with Edinburgh Rugby. (Daily Record)

Following a damning independent performance review commissioned earlier this year, Scottish Hockey appears to have axed the posts of performance manager and development manager with immediate effect. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Jamie Murray's ascent to the summit of the doubles rankings becomes more remarkable when you consider that, as recently as two years ago, it was the strategy of the Lawn Tennis Association under director of player development Bob Brett and chief executive Michael Downey to withdraw all support for doubles players. (The Herald)

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