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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes to retain Australia midfielder Tom Rogic and Scotland utility man Charlie Mulgrew soon despite the pair having yet to agree fresh contracts for next season.(Daily Record)

Left-back Kieran Tierney can be Scotland's first world-class footballer since Kenny Dalglish, according to his manager at Celtic, Ronny Deila. (Daily Record)

Celtic central defender Jozo Simunovic will miss the rest of the season after the 21-year-old had surgery on a knee injury. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon admits that mental fatigue from fighting back to fitness after long-term injury caught up with him as his form dropped in the middle of the season. (The Herald)

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is glad he chose to sign for Celtic rather than accept a return to Hearts as a player-coach when he was looking to return to competitive action after two years on the sidelines through injury.(The Scotsman)

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew in action for Scotland
Celtic hope Scotland international Charlie Mulgrew will sign a new contract

Winger Billy King, who is close to helping Rangers win the Scottish Championship while on loan, has told Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson he does not want to return to Tynecastle just to sit on the substitutes' bench once more next season. (The Herald)

Billy King, the winger on loan to Rangers from Hearts, has backed the Ibrox club to match the Edinburgh outfit's feat by finishing in the top three of the Scottish Premiership after winning the Championship title.(The Scotsman)

Former Rangers striker Andy Little, who is on loan with Accrington Stanley from Preston North End, admits he is jealous of the players poised to take the Ibrox club to the Premiership having himself started the journey with them from Scotland's bottom tier. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes may try to extend loan forward Simon Church's stay at Pittodrie beyond the end of the season, the 27-year-old Wales international having one year left of his contract with MK Dons, who are threatened with relegation in England's Championship.(Press and Journal)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes there will be no need to make wholesale changes to his squad when the transfer window reopens this summer, with only defender Shay Logan, midfielder Barry Robson and goalkeeper Scott Brown of their permanent staff entering the final months of their contracts. (Press and Journal)

After having a bid for St Mirren's Stevie Mallan rejected, Dundee have entered signing talks with Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Shaun Byrne, but Hibernian are also interested in the 22-year-old who is out of contract in the summer.(The Courier)

Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Shaun Byrne
Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Shaun Byrne is reported to be in talks with Dundee

Midfielder Scott Robinson, who was freed by Kilmarnock, has signed for Dunfermline Athletic as an amateur after the 24-year-old scored as a trialist in a reserve game. (The Scotsman)

Two football fans have been banned from Cowdenbeath's Central Park stadium after being convicted of offences under a law designed to stamp out abuse at football matches, the League One club having previously condemned "unacceptable racist singing" directed at Dunfermline Athletic's French-Moroccan striker, Faissal El Bakhtaoui.(The Herald)

Hibernian full-back Lewis Stevenson has joked that his wife, Julia, will have to find herself a new man during April because of the club's busy schedule as they chase promotion from the Scottish Championship play-offs as well looking to reach the Scottish Cup final by beating Dundee United. (The Scotsman)

Injury plagued Scotland Under-21 midfielder Lewis Macleod's season appears to be over after he suffered knee ligament damage with Brentford.(Evening Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish Golf is seeking to exploit the new rules allowing access for top amateurs to Challenge Tour events with a new support package aimed at smoothing the transition to the professional game.(The Courier)

The sons of two famous Scottish sporting stars will lock horns in the first round of next week's Scottish Boys' Championship at Murcar Links, with the draw pairing Michael Lawrie, younger son of former Open champion Paul, against Thomas Boyd, son of former Scotland and Celtic defender Tom in Monday's opening round. (The Courier)

Gymnast Cara Kennedy is finding the form of her life after winning her long-haul injury battle.(The National)

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