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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The odds on Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing for Celtic have been cut from 80-1 to 7-4 by one leading bookmaker. (Daily Record)

Released Newcastle defender Steven Taylor could join former Magpies team-mate Joey Barton at Rangers next season. (Sun)

Former Rangers boss Ally McCoist reveals that he spoke to two English Championship sides last season and would consider a Scottish club as he seeks a return to management. (Various)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will not risk throwing inexperienced players into tonight's friendly with France. (Various)

Balthazar, the rooster that has attended every home match for France since 1982, will make his final bow against Scotland tonight since Uefa have banned the bird from Euro 2016 games. (Daily Record, print edition)

Former Hibs winger Joe Tortolano thinks the Easter Road club should pull out all the stops to make Neil Lennon their new manager, saying the former Celtic boss is "the outstanding candidate". (Daily Record, print edition)

Malky Mackay is keen on the Hibs post but Neil Lennon is in pole position to succeed Alan Stubbs. (Sun)

Hull City's Andrew Robertson believes promotion to the Premier League will put him to the front of the queue when it comes to the stiff competition for Scotland's left-back slot. (Herald)

Ross County give midfielder Stewart Murdoch permission to hold talks with Dundee United about a summer move to Tannadice. (Daily Express)

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton says only striker Leigh Griffiths and left-back Kieran Tierney can consider their places safe under new boss Brendan Rodgers. (Various)

Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon is ready to reject interest from England and America to sign a new deal at Easter Road. (Sun)

Ross McArthur is the new chairman at Dunfermline following Bob Garmory's decision to step down. (Various)

Morton have signed former Hearts and Queen of the South striker Gary Oliver for next season. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

"He was strong everywhere," was defeated champion Stan Wawrinka's assessment of Andy Murray's semi-final win at the French Open. (Scotsman)

Sir Chris Hoy believes the Great Britain track team can overcome the departure of technical director Shane Sutton and top the medal table at the Rio Olympics. (Scotsman)

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