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Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is close to sealing a £2m transfer to Fulham after rejecting the offer of a contract extension with the Scottish champions.(Daily Mail)

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, whose club are poised to bank up to £30m for qualifying for the Champions League group stage, has promised manager Brendan Rodgers every penny of profit from the tournament ahead of facing Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.(Daily Record)

On-loan Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts will be allowed to face his parent club for Celtic in the Champions League group stage.(Daily Record)

Swiss international defender Phillipe Senderos is undergoing a medical ahead of signing for Rangers, the 31-year-old having been released by Grasshoppers Zurich at the end of last season.(Daily Record)

Aston Villa centre-back Joleon Lescott is the subject of interest from Greek clubs Olympiakos and AEK Athens after the 34-year-old's move to Rangers fell through. (Sport24 - in Greek)

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen
Stefan Johansen has been on the sidelines for Celtic this season

Joe Garner, the 28-year-old striker who has joined Rangers from Preston North End, has revealed he rejected the chance to join Dundee United on loan from Blackburn Rovers as an 18-year-old. (The Times, print edition)

Nottingham Forest are braced to lose £10m-rated Scotland winger Oliver Burke, with Tottenham Hotspur leading the race to sign the 19-year-old. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Lonsana Doumbouya, the 25-year-old who negotiated his release with Cercle Brugge after the Belgian club suffered financial problems, says he rejected better offers from clubs in France and Russia to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle because they offered top-flight football. (The Sun, print edition)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle could add former Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning to their squad before the weekend after signing former Cercle Brugge striker Lonsana Doumbouya on Thursday. (Press and Journal)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley admits he is waiting on an answer from former Motherwell midfielder Tom Hateley after holding talks with the Englishman, who has quit Polish club Slask Wroclaw, after AFC Wimbledon and Bradford City joined Partick Thistle and Hibernian in expressing an interest in the 26-year-old.(The Courier)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is hopeful of signing former Motherwell midfielder Tom Hateley after meeting the 26-year-old, who has been released by Slask Wroclaw, despite interest from Dundee, Hibernian and Wigan Athletic.(The Herald)

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon admits he faces competition to sign Tom Hateley, with Dundee, Bradford City and AFC Wimbledon interested in the 26-year-old who can play in midfield or at right-back. (The Herald, print edition)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley, who has decided against signing French trialist Lynel Kitambala, the former Auxerre winger, has all but given up hope of signing Stevie Mallan from St Mirren after having a £75,000 offer rejected for the midfielder. (Daily Express, print edition)

Tom Hateley
Tom Hateley is interesting a number of clubs after leaving Slask Wroclaw

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee, who is also Scotland's assistant boss, has vented his frustration and disappointment that midfielder Chris Cadden has been left out of Ricky Sbragia's Scotland Under-21 squad. (The Herald)

Hearts head coach Neilson says Callum Paterson will still be a Hearts player when the transfer window closes unless Wigan Athletic make a much-improved offer for the defender after the Edinburgh club rejected a second bid. (The National)

Former Dundee United striker Mario Bilate has apologised to the Scottish Championship club, saying he was misquoted by Dutch sports magazine Voetball as claiming that a host of hamstring problems stemmed from misdiagnosis and poor treatment from the Tangerines' medical staff. (The Courier)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright thinks he is unlikely to get his hands on the £200,000 Uefa bonus triggered for other Scottish Premiership clubs by Celtic's Champions League qualification.(The Courier)

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston admits he is keen to sign trialist Farid El Alagui - if the 30-year-old striker released by Hibernian can prove he has overcome the injury problems he suffered with their Scottish Championship rivals. (Deadline News)

Raith Rovers are poised to sign Conor Brennan, the goalkeeper released by Kilmarnock, after injuries to Kevin Cuthbert and Aaron Lennox. (The Sun, print edition)

Pollok right-back Tam Hanlon has spoken about becoming an overnight internet sensation after footage of his hat-trick was viewed six million times in a week. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh are facing a tough task to keep forwards WP Nel and Grant Gilchrist, who are both out of contract at the end of this season, at the Pro12 club, according to managing director Jon Petrie. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Edinburgh managing director Jon Petrie says he should have a firm idea by the end of the eyar as to whether this will be Alan Solomons' last season as head coach. (The Herald)

Roger Federer admits he has been impressed by Andy Murray's achievements this season and said he hopes the Scot can keep his impressive form going at the US Open. (The National)

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