Scottish Gossip: Scotland, Oliver Burke, Robert Snodgrass, Lionel Messi

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is desperate to make up for lost time after scoring a hat-trick in Scotland's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win against Malta. Snodgrass missed the entire Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a dislocated kneecap. (Various)

The referee came in to the Scotland dressing room after the game at the Ta'Qali Stadium to give Snodgrass the match ball. (Various)

Winger Oliver Burke said starting for Scotland in the opening match of the campaign was "a dream come true" and that recovering from Malta's equaliser had shown "team chemistry". (Various)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan feared a month of "nonsense you have to put up with" when the score was locked at 1-1. (Various)

Oliver Burke
Oliver Burke followed his £13m move from Nottingham Forest to Red Bull Leipzig with his first start for Scotland

And Strachan claims that he has a group of players who can "deal with the stress" of Malta having equalised. (Sun)

Had Scotland not left Malta with all three points it would have "left us in a virtually impossible position" regarding qualifying, argues former midfielder Michael Stewart. (Sun)

Lionel Messi could be absent from the Barcelona team when they face Celtic later this month as he returned to Spain from helping Argentina beat Uruguay with a groin strain. (Daily Record, Sun)

Dundee will complete the signing of Tom Hateley on Monday, with the offer of a two- or three-year deal available to the former Motherwell player. Hateley is a free agent after leaving Polish side Slask Wroclaw in the summer. (Daily Express)

Ahead of his team's Premiership match against Celtic, Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar says he loves "fierce rivalries as long as there is no violence or hatred". (Daily Record)

Josh Windass and Martyn Waghorn could feature in the Old Firm match as they made their comebacks from hamstring injuries in the friendly win over Linfield at the weekend. (National)

Scotland were awarded the softest of penalties in Malta
Scotland were awarded the softest of penalties in Malta

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila wishes he could have led the team against Rangers at Celtic Park and is considering joining his father in the stands as a fan on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Scotland Under-21 forward Oliver McBurnie is enjoying picking up tips from former Athletico Bilbao and Juventus striker Fernando Llorente at Swansea City. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Sir Chris Hoy is tipping six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny, 28, to double his Olympic medal tally over the next two Games. (National)

Olympian Andrew Butchart's track season looks to be over as a blister problem exacerbated by the track in Rio has enforced him to rest. (Herald)

Glasgow Warriors were motivated by a sense of revenge as they used the memory of last season's Pro12 semi-final loss to Connacht to defeat the Irishmen - the reigning champions - by a resounding score of 41-5. (Times)

Rio bronze-medal winner Sally Conway feels that when she was on the Olympic mat she "wasn't thinking" but "just doing it". "All that training fell into place on the right day," she says. (Herald)

Coach Andy Young believes Laura Muir, 23, has time on her side to win Olympic track gold. Muir finished second in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile in New York on Saturday. (Sun)

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