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Scotland assistant Mark McGhee dismissed suggestions Gordon Strachan is not fully committed to leading the national side to the next World Cup in Russia ahead of the opening qualifier against Malta. (The Herald)

McGhee insists Strachan is still "red hot" for the Scotland job, and says he is energised for the new qualifying campaign. (The Scotsman)

Steven Naismith says Scotland must win in Malta or our World Cup dream could be over. The Norwich City striker will consider his Scotland future at the end of this qualifying campaign. (Scottish Sun)

Former Scotland manager Walter Smith says Scotland are "not going into this campaign with a great deal of optimism". (The Times)

Brendan Rodgers says Celtic have welcomed Jozo Simunovic back "with open arms" and suggested fate could have been behind his failed move to Torino. (The National)

Former Scotland and Celtic keeper Alan Rough has accused Rodgers of hanging Craig Gordon out to dry after dropping him for new recruit Dorus de Vries. (The Herald)

Craig Gordon
Craig Gordon was dropped for the match against Aberdeen and replaced by new signing Dorus de Vries

Celtic chiefs are ready to shell out nearly £2m in Champions League bonuses to Brendan Rodgers and his squad. (Scottish Sun)

Kolo Toure's dream of facing his brother in the Champions League is over after Yaya Toure was omitted from Manchester City's squad for the group stage. (Daily Star)

Aberdeen midfielder Graeme Shinnie has revealed he has battled Crohn's disease over the past five years. (The Times)

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon insists it's unfair to label midfielder John McGinn the new Scott Brown. (Daily Record)


Andy Murray admits he must capitalise on the chance to win grand slams when his rivals are not at their best. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been wrestling with injuries at Flushing Meadows. (The National)

Glasgow Warriors fly-half Finn Russell has taken a huge step on the road to recovery following a serious head injury by resuming full training. (Scottish Sun)

The growing Pacific Islands influence at Edinburgh is set to be strengthened in the coming days with the signing of Fiji's Olympic gold medallist Viliame Mata. (The Herald)

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons insists the addition of a Pacific Islands flavour to his squad does not represent a softening of his push to promote home-grown talent. (The Scotsman)

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