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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Hibernian have pieced together a deal they believe can convince Neil Lennon to become their new boss. Other candidates like Malky Mackay have been under consideration, but Lennon has been left in no doubt he is Hibs' top choice. (Scottish Sun)

Alan Stubbs is weighing up a move to take Celtic striker Anthony Stokes to Rotherham, as Parkhead flop Colin Kazim-Richards edges closer to joining Brazilian side Coritiba. (Daily Mail)

Willie Miller believes the bounce Celtic will receive from the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager will take the Parkhead side miles clear of their Premiership rivals next season. (Daily Star)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon though believes the champions will be involved in four-way fight for the title next season, with Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts all mounting serious challenges. (Daily Mail)

Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon has been out of work since leaving Bolton in March

Former Rangers striker Michael Mols insists Mark Warburton's side should be content with a top six finish on their return to the top flight as there is still a considerable gulf between them and Celtic. (The Herald)

Celtic have failed in a bid to team Chidiebere Nwakali up with fellow Manchester City starlet Patrick Roberts. City turned down an approach from the Scottish champions for the 19-year-old Nigerian midfielder. (Daily Express)

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Cordon thinks the Tartan Army should not rush to criticise Gordon Strachan, because the defeats to Italy and France could have been much worse. (The National)

Craig Brown, the former Scotland manager, is dismayed that the opinions of experienced home-bred coaches such as himself and Walter Smith are being overlooked when the Scottish Football Association seek to address the dearth of talent emerging for the national side. (The Herald)

Paul Paton
Paul Paton looks set to leave Dundee United for St Johnstone

Rangers are looking at bringing in Plymouth Argyle captain Curtis Nelson. The central defender, 23, is out of contract. (Daily Star)

The Ibrox club are set to swoop for Costan Rican Esteban Alvarado, 27, from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor. (Scottish Sun)

Paul Paton is ready to swap relegated Dundee United for St Johnstone. Manager Tommy Wright will offer the 29-year-old midfielder a two-year deal at McDiarmid Park. (Daily Mail)

Out-of-contract Newport striker Scott Boden, 26, could be Richie Foran's first signing since being appointed as Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager. (Daily Express)

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark hopes to raid former club Newcastle in an ambitious loan swoop for highly-rated striker Adam Armstrong. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray
Andy Murray has been urged to reunite with former coach Ivan Lendl

John McEnroe has admitted he would have been interested in mentoring Andy Murray's grass court campaign, but nobody from Team Murray gave him a call. (Daily Express)

McEnroe says Murray should consider reuniting with former coach Ivan Lendl, even if it might feel like taking back "your ex-wife". (Daily Record)

Scotland wing Sean Maitland says he would have feared for his international future if he had stayed with London Irish, who will play in the English Championship next season after relegation from the top flight. Maitland has agreed a move to European champions Saracens. (The Times)

Scottish Open organisers insist next month's event at Castle Stuart still has a "superstar" in the field despite Rickie Fowler confirming he will not be defending his title, with Phil Mickelson one of eight major winners taking part. (The Scotsman)

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