Scottish Gossip: Oliver Burke, Cristian Gamboa, Marvin Johnson

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Coach Billy Stark recalls seeing Red Bull Leipzig's £13m signing Oliver Burke as a 15-year-old trying to win a place in the Scotland Under-16 squad. Stark describes him as "a bit of a maverick" and "very quick and strong with it". (Various)

Nottingham Forest captain Chris Cohen predicts his former team-mate Burke, 19, can go "right to the top" and that he is as good a player as he has seen at that age. (Sun)

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan reveals he temporarily stopped using Twitter in the wake of Rangers' financial meltdown in 2012 because the personal abuse from Rangers and Celtic fans became too great. (Sun)

Scotland's opponents on Sunday, Malta, were stuck at Amsterdam Airport for 24 hours after the cancellation of their connecting flight to Estonia, who they are playing in a friendly ahead of the World Cup qualifier. (Times)

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn
Rangers would be unlikely to welcome a bid for striker Martyn Waghorn - though that may depend on the fee on offer

Former Airdrie and Clyde midfielder Gary Muir, who plays for Maltese side Sliema Wanderers, warns Gordon Strachan that Scotland are in for a frustrating night in the qualifier. The ex-pat Scot points out that Italy and Croatia managed only 1-0 wins on the island in Euro 2016 qualifying. (Sun)

Celtic and Rangers could be joined by other Scottish teams in a proposal to expand the English Football League from 72 clubs to four leagues of 20. Scottish teams could be invited to join a fifth tier in England under a British Football League banner. (Daily Express)

James McFadden, a favourite with the Tartan Army, thinks Scott Brown "could have, and probably should have, another campaign in him" and is surprised that the Celtic skipper has retired from international football at 31. (Various)

McFadden has accepted that his own Scotland career is over but he won't formally retire "because you never know, do you?". (Various)

Should Bristol City sell their striker Jonathan Kodjia before Wednesday's transfer deadline, they may make a move for Rangers' Martyn Waghorn. (Daily Mail)

Serie A side Torino plan to fly Celtic's defender Jozo Simunovic to Italy on the same private jet as potential loan signing Joe Hart to help secure a £3.75m transfer for the Croatia international. Simunovic has yet to play for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Mail)

Former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk describes Celtic's likely new signing Cristian Gamboa as "energetic", with "good pace" and "happy to attack but will also run back to defend". Gamboa had spells with Fredrikstad and Rosenborg in Brattbakk's home country, Norway. (Daily Mail)

Costa Rica international Gamboa is expected to sign a three-year deal with Celtic, and push Mikael Lustig and Saidy Janko for a place at right-back. (Various)

Gamboa's team-mate at West Brom, Graham Dorrans, says the attacking full-back was frozen out by manager Tony Pulis because, at 5ft 9in, he wasn't tall enough. (Daily Record)

Marvin Johnson (centre) celebrates scoring a goal with his team-mates
Marvin Johnson (centre) is keen on a move away from Fir Park

Brendan Rodgers will try to make "at least one more significant signing" before Wednesday evening. (Daily Record)

Rodgers may yet make a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy on a season-long loan deal, but Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong, Nadir Ciftci, Kris Commons and Liam Henderson could all be "moved on". (Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton views his team's match against Linfield in Belfast on Saturday as the ideal way to bridge the gap between Friday's match against Kilmarnock and the Old Firm game against Celtic on 10 September. (Various)

Jan Kozak, the manager of Scotland's World Cup qualifying rivals Slovakia, expresses fears that too many of his squad are in their 30s and that there is not enough new talent coming through. (Sun)

Motherwell say they will not be "cajoled or manoeuvred" into selling Marvin Johnson for less than their valuation, believed to be £750,000, despite the player submitting a transfer request. (Various)

Russell Knox
Russell Knox may miss out on playing for Europe in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine at the end of next month

Hibernian will not sell their top striker Jason Cummings in this or the following transfer window because they see him as being vital to their promotion chances from the Championship. "In football you can normally never say never," says Easter Road chief executive Leeann Dempster, "but I am saying never on this occasion." (Various)

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall admits to being jealous of the other British teams who reached the Euro 2016 finals. (National)

OTHER GOSSIP

US-based Scot Russell Knox looks like he will miss out on being selected by Europe captain Darren Clarke for the Ryder Cup team. (Various)

Ex-Davis Cup captain John Lloyd expects Andy Murray to pose a strong challenge to Novak Djokovic for his world number one spot. (Daily Record)

Olympic gold and silver medallist Callum Skinner, on a visit to the Meadowbank velodrome where he began his track cycling career, was saddened to see its state of disrepair. (Scotsman)

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