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Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are tracking Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, who had a £4m transfer to Torino fall through this summer, and had scouts at Hampden Park for the League Cup semi-final win over Rangers. (The Sun, print edition)

Aberdeen have asked the Scottish Professional Football League for a 50-50 split of Hampden Park for next month's Scottish League Cup final with Celtic despite taking just over 11,000 for Saturday's 2-0 semi-final win over Greenock Morton. (Daily Record)

Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks says that Moussa Dembele's "cheeky finish" in Celtic's 1-0 Scottish League Cup semi-final win shows that the striker is world class. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Leigh Griffiths, who came on as a substitute to set up Celtic's winning goal in the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers, reckons he has proved he can form a deadly, two-man partnership with Moussa Dembele. (Daily Record)

Moussa Dembele, who scored the only goal in Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final win over Rangers, believes he can improve further this season and score more goals against his side's Glasgow rivals.(The Herald)

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic (right) holds off Rangers' Barrie McKay
Celtic's Jozo Simunovic (right) was being watched by Crystal Palace and Newcastle against Rangers

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has revealed he plans to torment Rangers for years to come following his winner in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team were just as superior to Rangers in their narrow 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final victory at Hampden as they were when they hammered their Old Firm foes 5-1 on league business last month.(The Scotsman)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes the gap between his side and rivals Celtic is "narrowing" after their 1-0 loss in the League Cup semi-final. (The Scotsman)

Rangers defender Clint Hill believes his side's showing against Celtic in the Scottish league Cup semi-final proves they are a match for their Glasgow rivals.(The Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton broke his silence on Joey Barton and insisted he does not regret signing the controversial midfielder, who is serving a suspension with the club, this summer. (Daily Record)

Celtic captain Scott Brown believes his side showed physical and mental toughness to see off Rangers in Sunday's League Cup semi-final on the back of their gruelling midweek Champions League loss at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.(The Scotsman)

Chris Martin applauds the Fulham fans after the match against Aston Villa
Chris Martin, on loan to Fulham, is wanted back at Derby County

Relief was the main emotion for Andrew Considine after Aberdeen defeated Greenock Morton as he savoured his first win at Hampden, the long-serving defender having lost semi-finals there to Celtic, Dundee United, Hibernian and Queen of the South. (The National)

Leipzig supporters greeted Oliver Burke with a banner reading "Lang May Yer Lum Reek" as the Scotland winger came on as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Werder Bremen that lifted their side to second place in the German Bundesliga.(Daily Record)

Sunderland manager David Moyes could face an FA charge after a tunnel confrontation with referee Bobby Madley following his side's defeat by West Ham on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)

Derby County manager Steve McClaren wants to cut short Scotland striker Chris Martin's season-long loan at Fulham, but their English Championship rivals have no intention of letting him leave Craven Cottage. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

English clubs have voted to withhold all of their Scotland international players from next month's autumn Tests unless Scottish Rugby and other unions settle what they claim to be £400,000 of outstanding injury bills. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Scott Jamieson held on to his European Tour card by just over £7,000 following his finish at the Portugal Masters, but compatriot Craig Lee missed out by £1,500.(The Scotsman)

Scotland's Paul Lawrie had his best finish of the season - equal fifth - as Padraig Harrington won his first European Tour title in eight years at the Portugal Masters.(The National)

Barry McGuigan says new Commonwealth super lightweight champion Josh Taylor will target a world title fight against fellow Scot Ricky Burns before the end of next year. (The Herald)

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