Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Celtic, Motherwell, Dundee, Kilmarnock

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers are lining up a loan move for 19-year-old Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong, who scored 20 goals for Coventry last season. (Sun)

New signing Scott Sinclair is backing Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to steer the club into the Champions League group stage. (Daily Record)

Motherwell are braced for a £500,000 bid for star winger Marvin Johnston from Brighton. (Herald)

Oxford have dropped their interest in signing Johnson after failing with a bid of around £300,000. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Queens Park Rangers are set to join the signing race for Dundee forward Greg Stewart. (Sun, print edition)

Celtic winger James Forrest is to open contract talks after rejecting the offer of a new deal last season. (Sun)

Police have launched a criminal investigation after a Hearts fan lunged towards new Celtic signing Scott Sinclair following his late winner at Tynecastle on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar has not been properly challenged over the last three or four years but is a "supreme talent" and will be up to speed soon, insists manager Mark Warburton. (Scotsman)

Rangers' Mark Warburton is the latest manager to call for an earlier start to the season to give Scottish clubs a better chance of European success. (Daily Record)

Peterborough striker Joe Gormley is a loan target for Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark. (Sun, print edition)

SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan is to review Sunday's controversial penalty incident at Tynecastle, with Hearts winger Jamie Walker accused of taking a dive by Celtic captain Scott Brown. (Herald)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is building in-depth dossiers on Scottish referees. (Daily Record)

Darnell Fisher could be the latest player to leave Celtic, with Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs interested in the 22-year-old full-back. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic's Champions League play-off opponents Hapoel Beer Sheva may be missing two key defenders for the tie, with Miguel Vitor injured and Ofir Davidzada set to move to Gent earlier than expected. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon called on fellow BBC Euro 2016 pundits Alan Shearer, Rio Ferndinand, Chris Waddle and Martin Keown to talk with Jason Cummings in Paris when persuading the striker to stay on at Easter Road. (Daily Record)

New Aberdeen defender Anthony O'Connor says he has been recruited to make sure his side are no pushovers when it comes to facing the "brute strikers" of the Scottish Premiership. (Herald)

Dundee United have taken former St Johnstone striker Marcus Haber on trial. The Canadian spent last season at Crewe. (Daily Record, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former first minister Alex Salmond believes Russell Knox is approaching his peak in golf and backs the Inverness-born 31-year-old for a Ryder Cup pick. (National)

Fast bowler Chris Sole, the 22-year-old son of former rugby captain David, is in the Scotland squad for the Intercontinental Cup match with United Arab Emirates, which starts today in Ayr. (Herald)

Former Scottish Saltire Jean Symes has been banned from cricket for seven years for his part in a match-fixing scandal in his native South Africa. (Scotsman)

Paul Lawrie is keen on taking his European Tour match-play event back to Archerfield despite poor crowds over the weekend. (Scotsman)

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