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Celtic are lining up a raid for Fenerbahce full-back Hasan Ali Kaldirim. The Turkish club could be prepared to accept £2m for the player who has one-year left on his contract. (Daily Record)

Claudio Ranieri has warned he could take some Celtic players to Leicester City. Ranieri's English Premier League champions face the Scottish champions in a pre-season friendly at Parkhead today, and the Italian admits he has watched some of Brendan Rodgers' players with a view to signing them. (Scottish Sun)

Ranieri says his fate in football could have been very different had he accepted an offer from then Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov to succeed George Burley as manager in 2005. (Daily Star)

Callum McGregor says Celtic can strike a blow for the battered prestige of Scottish football by beating Leicester today. (The Scotsman)

Astana, Celtic's Champions League opponents, will be without captain Tanat Nusserbayev for the third qualifying round tie between the sides. (The Times)

Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack scored 23 goals for Fulham last season

CSKA Sofia have threatened to report Hearts to FIFA for signing striker Bjorn Johnsen. The US-born Norwegian has signed a three-year deal at Tynecastle, but CSKA claim the player has a contract with them. (Scottish Sun)

Hearts striker Conor Sammon says "the criticism was merited" from the club's fans after their Europa League exit at the hands of Maltese minnows Birkirkara. (The Herald)

Derek McInnes believes the Europa League starts for real now as Aberdeen chase their group stage dream against Maribor. (Daily Mail)

David Moyes is set to replace Sam Allardyce as Sunderland manager this weekend, and could be handed up to £40m to spend on new players. (Daily Record)

Scotland international Ross McCormack is set to leave Fulham, with several Championship clubs, including Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle, lining up £13m bids. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Laura Muir
Laura Muir broke Kelly Holmes' 12-year-old British 1500m record

Laura Muir says her "confidence couldn't be any higher" going into the Olympic Games in Rio next month after she broke Kelly Holmes' British 1500m record at the Anniversary Games in London on Friday. (The Scotsman)

Eilish McColgan, who will represent Great Britain in the 5000m at the Olympics, admits her injury struggles over the past two years made her question her future in athletics and consider getting a job away from the sport. (The Times)

London 2012 silver medallist Libby Clegg's chances of success at the Rio Paralympics have been hampered by a reclassification ruling which requires her race wearing a blindfold. (The Herald)

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