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Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits that he will lose Patrick Roberts, the on-loan Manchester City winger whose two goals helped defeat Hearts on Saturday, for the Champions League second-round qualifier next season if the teenager is called up for the European Under-19 Championship finals.(Sunday Mail)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has criticised referee Bobby Madden for failing to send off Scotland captain Scott Brown for an early two-footed challenge on Juanma during Celtic's 3-1 victory on Saturday. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

A number of Scotland's top groundsmen are angry at the marking system that has led to the Hampden Park pitch, criticised by Scotland captain Scott Brown among others last week, being given "platinum status', the Scottish Professional Football League's top award.(Sunday Mail)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan admits that the Hampden Park surface is "average" but has no plans to shift future international games away from the national stadium. (Sunday Herald)

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan believes that Rangers' promotion to the country's top flight will benefit the national team.(Sunday Telegraph)

Steven Whittaker in action for Scotland
Steven Whittaker has revealed he will be looking to leave Norwich City this summer

National coach Gordon Strachan is concerned that, apart from his players from Celtic, none of his squad are experiencing European competition with their clubs. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Scotland right-back Steven Whittaker admits he will be seeking a move to a new club in the summer after falling out of favour at Norwich City this season under compatriot Alex Neil. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Gordon Greer, the 35-year-old central defender who continues in the Scotland team despite being out of the first-team at Brighton, believes he can continue playing for another couple of seasons. (Sunday Herald, print edition)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright believes referee Willie Collum let Dundee United players off with moves professional wrestlers would be proud of. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham admits that the Ibrox side's defensive frailties are a concern ahead of bigger challenges next season after a late equaliser by Raith Rovers delayed their Scottish Championship title celebrations. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

European champions Toulon say they dropped their interest in Edinburgh forward Grant Gilchrist, who has now signed a new deal with the Pro12 club, after Scottish Rugby demanded a compensation fee of £240,000. (Sunday Times, print edition)

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