Scottish Gossip: Hibs, Neil Lennon, Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Neil Lennon has agreed to become Hibs' new manager. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs are ready to turn to Stuart McCall to become their new manager if number one choice Neil Lennon turns down the job. (Daily Record, print edition)

Neil Lennon is mulling over a two-year deal to succeed Alan Stubbs as Hibs manager which is believed to include a significant bonus payment for securing promotion to the Premiership. (Scotsman)

Murdo MacLeod is adamant Celtic must break their wage structure to give new boss Brendan Rodgers the quality players he craves. (Various)

Rangers have opened talks with skipper Lee Wallace over a new deal. (Scottish Sun)

Niko Kranjcar's father, Zlatik, has revealed the Croatian midfielder is still in negotiations with Rangers over a move to Ibrox. (Various)

Niko Kranjcar in action for QPR in May 2015
Niko Kranjcar, who was at QPR last season before moving to New York Cosmos, is currently injured and doing his coaching badges with the Croatian FA

Aberdeen transfer target Stuart Bannigan is unlikely to be heading to Pittodrie with the Partick Thistle midfielder set to join newly promoted English Championship side Barnsley. (Press and Journal)

Celtic have hooked up with Czech big guns Slavia Prague in a bid to develop their top youngsters. (Various)

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon is close to signing Ross County midfielder Stewart Murdoch as he accelerates his recruitment drive to heal the scar left by relegation. (The Courier)

Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre is adamant he wants to stay at Celtic and fight for his place under Brendan Rodgers. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Dumbarton look set to deal newly promoted Ayr United an unexpected blow by signing their former Hearts and Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan Stevenson. (Scotsman)

Motherwell will face Scottish Cup winners Hibs as part of their 2016/2017 build-up after cancelling their pre-season tour of Europe. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Ross County midfielder Jackson Irvine is a transfer target for newly promoted English Championship club Burton Albion. (Press and Journal, print edition)

Two new clubs, Civil Service Strollers and Hawick Royal Albert, have been admitted to the Lowland league - which will now operate with 16 clubs. (Daily Record, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Surprise Scotland newcomer Huw Jones will be offered a chance to join either Edinburgh or Glasgow Warriors for next season if he impresses on his international debut on the tour of Japan. (Daily Mail)

Scottish Open organisers have described its future as "very, very solid" amid speculation that the event's prestigious pre-Open slot is under threat. (Scotsman)

Katherine Grainger's hopes of making Rio 2016 have been dealt another blow after it emerged that she and Vicky Thornley failed to force their way into the women's eight boat. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Scotland centrePeter Horne has revealed the squad have had bowing practice to ensure they greet people in the correct way on their tour of Japan. (Scottish Sun)

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