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Celtic are set to make another offer for Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair. The English Championship side are believed to have softened their stance on a £5m asking price after paying £12m for Scotland striker Ross McCormack. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes accused Bulgarian referee Nikola Popov of killing Aberdeen's Europa League dream. (Sun - subscription required)

McInnes said Jayden Stockley's two yellow cards against Maribor were "ridiculous", and said Niall McGinn's goal should have stood after the referee instead pulled play back to award a penalty, which Adam Rooney failed to convert.(Herald)

Meanwhile Astana club president Sayan Khamitzhanov claimed Romanian referee Ostvan Kovacs was biased towards Celtic in their Champions League qualifying clash. (Sun - print edition)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller says Celtic captain Scott Brown is wrong to claim Aberdeen will provide a bigger challenge for the title than the Ibrox club this season. (Herald)

Miller is also keen that Rangers take advantage of Celtic postponing their clash with Partick Thistle on the second weekend of the season, and wants to go to Parkhead on September 10 ahead of their Glasgow rivals in the league. (Daily Record)

Kenny Miller (left) and Scott Brown
Kenny Miller (left) disagrees with Scott Brown that Aberdeen will provide a tougher Premiership challenge than Rangers

Joey Barton could miss the Betfred League Cup quarter final should Rangers make it, as he is selling tickets to an event in London to publicise his new book 'No Nonsense'. (Sun - print edition)

Copenhagen captain Thomas Delaney says he hopes they avoid Celtic in the Champions League play-off draw. (Sun - print edition)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee claims Oxford can not afford his £1m rated winger Marvin Johnston, this despite the English League One side making over £4m in transfer fees this summer.(Herald)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has hit back at Pat Bonner, who suggested in his BBC Scotland season preview that the Jags would struggle this season. Archibald said "I don't think he even knows where Partick is." (Herald)

Celtic midfielder Patrick Roberts is set to be out of action for three weeks after limping out of the 2-1 win over Astana on Wednesday.(Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Swimmer Ross Murdoch says he has been mentally preparing for the Olympics since he was a kid. (Daily Record - print edition)

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