Scottish Gossip: Brendan Rodgers, Celtic, Dembele, Rangers, Hibernian, Hearts, Aberdeen

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of the running to become the next England boss. The Celtic manager was sounded out about the job by the FA last year, but says he is not interested in replacing Roy Hodgson. (Scottish Sun)

Rodgers says he "just landed my dream job" and insists he would never contemplate walking out on Celtic so soon into his reign. (Daily Express)

Celtic new boy Moussa Dembele has predicted he can become the best striker in the world. Dembele was close to a deal with Tottenham in January and knocked back offers from PSG, Monaco, Stuttgart and Galatasaray to sign a four-year deal with the Scottish champions. (Daily Star)

Dembele says he wants to emulate Parkhead legend Henrik Larsson, and thinks "that is possible working with someone like Brendan Rodgers". (The Scotsman)

Hibernian have completed the signing of veteran striker Grant Holt, but talks with Scott McDonald have broken down, and the Australian could now choose to stay at Motherwell. (Scottish Sun)

Just a few months on from playing for Hibs in the League Cup final, midfielder Kevin Thomson, 31, is set to drop down the divisions to sign for junior outfit Tranent on a two-year deal. (Scottish Sun)

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has distanced himself from reports he could be in the frame to be the next England manager

Mark Warburton has waded into the Premiership fixtures row by claiming Rangers have been disadvantaged by having to face Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts away from home twice before the split. (Daily Express)

Warburton claims the complaints of clubs such as Partick Thistle - who are unhappy they will miss out financially by only facing Rangers at home once before the split - shows that the top flight has missed the Ibrox club. (Daily Star)

Lee Hodson says joining Rangers is the "icing on the cake" of a memorable month after the Northern Ireland full-back signed a three-year deal at Ibrox immediately after flying home from Euro 2016. (The Scotsman)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes steering the Dons to the Europa League group stages would eclipse their 2014 League Cup triumph. (The Scotsman)

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum is dreaming of facing Manchester United in the Europa League. The Jambos kick-off their qualifying campaign against Estonian minnows Infonet at Tynecastle tonight. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend says Glasgow Warriors have been handed a "real challenging" Champions Cup pool

Andy Murray has called for tennis to stump up the cash and provide funding for players like Marcus Willis and Liam Broady, or lose them to the game forever. (Daily Express)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend believes he "has the squad and the experience to do well in Europe" but admits the Champions Cup group they have landed for next season is "a real challenging one". Warriors have been drawn alongside Racing 92, Leicester and Munster. (The Scotsman)

Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley insists she will not fall sucker to the Olympics hype for a third time in her bid for a medal. Miley failed to make the podium at the 2008 and 2012 Games. (Daily Record)

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