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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brendan Rodgers is considering an approach for 35-year-old defender Kolo Toure, who was signed by the Celtic manager for Liverpool but has now been released by the Anfield club. (Sunday Post)

Defender Kolo Toure could be offered a one-year contract by Celtic and the 35-year-old would prefer to remain in the UK despite having offers from around the world after being released by Liverpool. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of persuading winger James Forrest, who rejected a contract extension in February, to remain with the Scottish champions after the 24-year-old's current deal ends in December. (Scotland On Sunday)

Scotland winger James Forrest has been told by new manager Brendan Rodgers that he has six months to save his Celtic career. (Sunday Mail)

Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure is being linked with a move to Celtic after leaving Liverpool

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is ready to make a £10m offer to Bournemouth for Scotland winger Matt Ritchie, but West Ham United are among Premier League clubs interested in the 26-year-old. (Sun On Sunday)

Fulham have become the latest club to express an interest in defender Grant Hanley, but Blackburn Rovers' £5m price tag might be too much for the London club, with Burnley, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday having already made approaches for the 24-year-old Scotland international. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Glasgow-born Everton midfielder James McCarthy believes "a lot of people have got it in for me at times" after criticism of his form with Republic of Ireland. (Sunday Times)

Former Dundee and Rangers forward Nacho Novo, recently released by Carolina Railhawks, is weighing up a move to the Indian Super League but has set his sights on becoming a manager. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Lowland League club East Kilbride are in talks to bring 37-year-old former Rangers forward Nacho Novo to K-Park. (Sunday Mail)

Nacho Novo (left) in action for Carolina Railhawks
Nacho Novo (left) has left Carolina Railhawks and is being linked with a move back to Scotland or India

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is unhappy that the new group stage of the Scottish League Cup takes place so early in the season as it will mean fielding patchwork sides in an important competition. (Sunday Herald)

Right-back Richard Tait admits he travelled home to Scotland to consider a move to Motherwell from Grimsby Town out of courtesy but was convinced to sign because of manager Mark McGhee's persuasive sales pitch. (Sunday Mail)

Former Kilmarnock midfielder James Fowler, who was sacked as Queen of the South manager in April, has made a return to football at the age of 35 with amateur club Bannockburn. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Vern Cotter has refused to be drawn on his chances of becoming the next coach of the All Blacks after New Zealand rugby chief executive Steve Tew revealed that Scotland's head coach was on a shortlist of three to replace Steve Hansen after the 2019 World Cup. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Centre Huw Jones, who made his Scotland debut in Saturday's win over Japan, does not know if he will be available for his country's next set of fixtures because he is still under contract with Super Rugby side Stormers. (Scotland On Sunday, print edition)

Andy Murray declared himself happy enough with his Wimbledon preparations to reward himself with a rare day off on Saturday. (Sunday Herald)

Andy Murray admits he still becomes a nervous wreck every time Wimbledon fortnight comes around, but the Scot hopes a combination of that tension and a partisan crowd can inspire him to another triumph. (Sunday Mail)

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