Scottish Gossip: Lennon, Hibs, Celtic, Rangers, Challenge Cup

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Neil Lennon admits he can not wait to get started after finally becoming Hibernian boss. Lennon has agreed a two-year deal and will be officially unveiled today. (Scottish Sun)

Lennon says "it feels great" to be named the new manager at Easter Road, and wants to get Hibs "back where they should be - in the Premiership". (Daily Record)

Murdo MacLeod says Hibs landing Lennon is as much of a coup as Celtic convincing Brendan Rodgers to move to Parkhead. (Daily Mail)

The ex-Celtic boss believes he can "bring a winning mentality" to the club, but admits he has "big shoes" to fill after Alan Stubbs left in the wake of Hibs' Scottish Cup triumph. (The Herald)

Stubbs has confirmed he wants to take Anthony Stokes to Rotherham. The striker has been released by Celtic and Stubbs says he "wouldn't rule out an interest in Stokes", but warned that "there will be a number of clubs interested in him." (Scottish Sun)

As many as eight clubs could fight it out for Stokes' signature following his Celtic exit. (Daily Record)

Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon is greeted by Hibs fans

Ronald Koeman's imminent appointment as Everton manager could spark a cash windfall for Celtic. The Dutchman is reportedly keen to take former Parkhead stars Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk with him to Goodison from Southampton, and the Scottish champions would be entitled to 10% of any transfer fees. (Daily Record)

New Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has confirmed he is keen to steal in ahead of Celtic and other interested parties and complete a move for Sunderland striker Danny Graham. (The Herald)

Josh Windass has sets his sights on Premiership glory with Rangers next season and says manager Mark Warburton sold him on the club by making it clear nothing other than title success will do. (The Herald)

The Ibrox club will have to wait if they are to lure Tottenham youngster Dom Ball back to Glasgow this summer. Spurs have told the defender - who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Rangers last season - to report back for pre-season training to be assessed by manager Mauricio Pochettino. (The National)

SPFL chief Neil Doncaster admits the revamped Challenge Cup will see Scottish clubs become the guinea pigs of Europe. Northern Irish and Welsh teams will take part in next season's competition with Uefa approval. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Rickie Fowler
Defending champion Rickie Fowler will not take part in the Scottish Open next month

European Tour chief Keith Pelley has quashed fears over the Scottish Open's prestigious pre-Open slot. The Irish Open was reportedly eyeing the slot in the golf schedule currently occupied by the Scottish Open - one week before the Open - but Pelley said there would be no changes before 2020. (The Scotsman)

Laura Muir has been backed to repeat her Oslo triumph of 2015 tonight and become the first ever female winner of the Dream Mile. (Daily Record)

Sean Lineen, Scotland's head of age-grade rugby, says the national under-20s side's victory over their Australian counterparts at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship is proof that the systems introduced over the past few years to aid player development are now yielding results. (The Herald)

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