Scottish Gossip: Ann Budge, Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Partick Thistle

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The path to the Scottish Professional Football league board appears to have been cleared for Ann Budge as the Hearts owner stands for election uncontested. Budge was denied a place on the board 12 months ago as she was edged out by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson. (The Herald)

Budge wants to tackle unacceptable conduct and improve communications by joining the SPFL board. (The Scotsman)

Celtic supporters holidaying in the Iberian Peninsula next week might struggle to watch their team live as as fewer than 1000 tickets have been handed to them for their Champions League qualifier with minnows Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar. (The Herald)

The part-time outfit were inspired to Champions League glory by Celtic fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Defender Joseph Chipolina revealed that, ahead of their 2-0 qualifying win over Flora Tallinn, his team watched a video of the anthem being sung at Celtic Park. (Scottish Sun)

Jason Cummings, Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs says he will not make a bid to take Jason Cummings from former club Hibs to new side Rotherham

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will looks almost certain not to offer a deal to 34-year-old American defender Oguchi Onyewu, who has been on trial with the club. (The Scotsman)

Warburton has revealed the striker he is targeting has never been mentioned in connection with Rangers. (Scottish Sun)

Alan Stubbs is standing firm in his pledge that he will not raid former club Hibernian for players after Rotherham were linked with Jason Cummings. (The National)

Stuart Bannigan says he's delighted to still be a Partick Thistle player. The midfielder looked set to leave Firhill amid interest from Aberdeen and Barnsley after his contract expired in May, but a knee injury changed his plans. Bannigan has signed a new two-year deal with the Jags. (Daily Star)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon is to run the rule over West Brom keeper Alex Palmer after admitting Mark Oxley is on his way to Southend United. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray
Andy Murray insists there is no ill-feeling between him and today's Wimbledon semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych

Andy Murray has no plans to get shirty with Tomas Berdych in today's Wimbledon semi-final, revealing that he felt so uncomfortable about his future wife Kim's tirade towards the Czech at the Australian Open that he sought him out to apologise. (The Herald)

The Scot admits he is feeling the benefit of having Ivan Lendl back in his corner as he prepares for his seventh Wimbledon semi-final in eight years against Berdych today. (The National)

Murray's former coach Mark Petchey has dismissed the notion that winning the Wimbledon men's singles title this year will be devalued by Novak Djokovic's early exit. (The Scotsman)

Graeme McDowell has gorged on a large slice of humble pie and rekindled his love affair with the Scottish Open. The Northern Irishman slated the Castle Stuart course on his last visit in 2011, but now insists it is a "really nice course". (Daily Star)

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