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Ronny Deila's father, Arne, says the Celtic manager decided two weeks ago to stand down at the end of the season because he believed the job would only become tougher. (Daily Record)

Ronny Deila's agent, Tore Pedersen, has insisted that his fellow Norwegian could have continued as Celtic manager beyond the summer if he wanted but had decided that the expectation levels at the club were unrealistic. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic's major shareholder, Dermot Desmond, has already sounded out Brendan Rodgers about succeeding Ronny Deila as manager, but the former Liverpool boss is keeping his options open in hope of being offered a job in the English Premier League. (Daily Record)

Celtic have placed former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers, formerly of Liverpool, at the top of their list of potential replacements for Ronny Deila, but an appointment is unlikely to be made until the 40-year-old has left the Glasgow club. (Daily Mail)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Roy Keane has again been linked with the Celtic manager's job

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, who rejected the Celtic manager's job in 2014, has admitted he would like back into club management but refused to be drawn on whether the job at the Scottish champions interests him. (Daily Record)

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes says he plans to keep his options open until the summer while Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane has hinted he would like to become a manager again after being asked about the forthcoming Celtic vacancy. (The Herald)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs refused point blank to be drawn into discussing the manager's job at Celtic, insisting that he has too much respect for Ronny Deila and that he still has too much still to achieve at Easter Road this season. (Daily Record)

Celtic's signing policy could deter potential managerial candidates from taking the job, according to their former striker, Chris Sutton. (The Herald)

Former Real Sociedad coach David Moyes and former Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon, who was Celtic manager for four years previously, are early front-runners for job at the Scottish Premiership leaders. (The Scotsman)

Anthony Stokes, the Celtic striker on loan with Hibernian, admits that Ronny Deila's departure from Celtic this summer could resurrect his career with the Scottish Premiership leaders. (The Herald)

Dundee defender Paul McGinn
Dundee defender Paul McGinn has been linked with Hibernian

On-loan Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes has insisted he wanted Celtic to win the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final derby against Rangers, even though it would have meant he would have been unavailable to play against his parent club in the final. (The Scotsman)

Hibernian are lining up a bid to sign Dundee right-back Paul McGinn, who has yet to agree to a contract extension with the Scottish Premiership club. (The Sun, print edition)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs believes "no relevance" should be attached to his side's 3-2 win over Rangers in the Scottish Championship on Wednesday, with the teams due to meet in the Scottish Cup final next month. (The Scotsman)

Paul Baxendale-Walker, the man behind the controversial Employee Benefit Trust scheme that caused financial problems for Rangers, has been ordered by a court to pay £225,000 for forgery after HMRC brought a case against him at Guildford Crown Court. (Daily Record)

Ross County striker Alex Schalk has refused to say whether he will still be with the Scottish Premiership outfit next season, with Aberdeen one of a number of clubs interested in the 23-year-old Dutchman. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Stephen Gallacher, who returns to action at the Shenzhen International in China this week after undergoing hand surgery, has not given up on making Europe's Ryder Cup team as he hopes for a new lease of life after being ruled out of golf since February with the injury. (The Courier)

Steven Petit, a former footballer with Queen of the South, has taken over as Stephen Gallacher's caddy. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Scottish wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid, 24, was paralysed from the waist down at the age of 12 due to the rare spinal condition transverse myelitis, has revealed how he has regained some sensation in his legs. (The Scotsman)

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