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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Stefan Johansen is on the verge of a Celtic exit with Galatasaray set to tempt the midfielder with the prospect of a £20,000-a-week deal. (Various)

Stefan Johansen could join Nir Bitton on his way out of Celtic, with Galatasaray poised to step up their interest with a bid in excess of £1.5m. (Scottish Sun)

Zinedine Zidane believes Celtic new Bhoy Moussa Dembele is a French superstar in the making. (Daily Record)

Leigh Griffiths has branded Joey Barton a bigmouth - and insists Scott Brown will force the Rangers man to eat his words. (Various)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers speaks to Stefan Johansen during a pre-season match against Sturm Graz
Brendan Rodgers made Stefan Johansen, who is entering the last year of his contract at Celtic, captain for their latest pre-season match against Sturm Graz

Rangers will have to stump up for Finnish youngster Serge Atakayi after the 17-year-old winger signed a new one-year deal before jetting in to Glasgow for a trial. (Daily Record)

Hibernian's Scottish Cup-winning goalkeeper Conrad Logan is among four players released by new manager Neil Lennon. The others are midfielder Kevin Thomson and strikers Farid El Alagui and Chris Dagnall. (The National)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has quashed suggestions that a move for full-back Ziggy Gordon - who is currently without a club after leaving Hamilton - is back on the cards. (The Courier)

Greg Stewart admits he may have to leave Dundee to further his career. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Mark Warburton has backed calls from Dave King for Rangers fans not to launch an away day boycott. (Various)

Neil Lennon was denied a winning start to his Hibernian reign as Berwick Rangers held the Easter Road side to a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly, despite Jason Cummings scoring after just 12 seconds. (Various)

Hibs have agreed a deal to sign ex-Raith keeper Ross Laidlaw. The 23-year-old is likely to be back-up goalie at Easter Road. (Scottish Sun)

Hearts could play at a ground that bears their local rivals' name if they overcome FC Infonet on Wednesday. The Hibernians Ground in Paola, home of Maltese league club Hibernians, played host for their potential second qualifying round opponents Birkirkara in their victory over Široki Brijeg on Tuesday. (Scotsman)

Former Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton, a free agent following his release from Wigan Athletic, has joined Inverness Caley Thistle for pre-season training. (Press and Journal)

OTHER GOSSIP

Colin Montgomerie reckons Irish eyes will be smiling at Royal Troon next weekend because he feels the course is perfectly set up for Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry to dominate The Open. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Former world number one Luke Donald is poised to step in as first reserve and be among the 156 players battling it out for an increased prize pot of £6.5m in next week's Open Championship. (Scotsman, print edition)

Aberdeen's Richie Ramsey believes playing what he calls 'caveman golf' can help give him a shot at becoming the first home player to win the Scottish Open in the 21st century. (Press and Journal)

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