Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Champions League, Jai Quitongo, St Mirren

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Brendan Rodgers thinks Celtic can win their remaining Champions League Group C matches against Borussia Monchengladbach, Barcelona and Manchester City to progress to the last 16 of the competition. "One thing you learn in football is that the impossible can become the possible," says the Celtic manager. (Daily Express)

Rodgers has set Celtic a target of becoming a Champions League last-16 team within the next three years. (Daily Mail)

And the Northern Irishman admits it's "taking a couple of jumps up" from domestic competition to play in the tournament. (Daily Mail)

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair
Celtic winger Scott Sinclair is confident of troubling the Germans in the Champions League

Gladbach manager Andre Schubert says all the pressure is on his own team in Tuesday evening's match against Celtic, saying the Scots can "go in with risk - we can't". (Various)

Winger Scott Sinclair promises that Celtic are "not just here to make up the numbers, we're here to progress in the Champions League". He says: "If we can create and put our chances away we've got a very good chance."(Sun)

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon, the only Celtic manager to have won an away match in the Champions League, thinks Brendan Rodgers "has the players to hurt Monchengladbach". (Daily Express)

Scot Gemmill insists Morton forward Jai Quitongo is in his Scotland Under-21 squad for the friendly match against Slovakia entirely on merit, and that his inclusion has nothing to do with his father Jose's comments that Portugal were keen to name him in their Under-21 squad. (Daily Express)

Quitongo's Ton are the opponents on Tuesday evening for Jack Ross's St Mirren. Ross views the Renfrewshire derby as potentially being the "catalyst for our season, given everything that surrounds the fixture and its importance to the fans". (Various)

Danny McGrain
Danny McGrain earned 62 caps for Scotland

Colin Stein, who scored for Rangers in the European Cup-Winners' Cup final win over Moscow Dynamo in 1972, thinks Mark Warburton has been unlucky with the injuries sustained by his summer signings and says the players must be given time to prove their worth.(Daily Record)

Former Derby County, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City winger Leighton James says the best British player he ever faced was Scotland right-back Danny McGrain. (Herald)

And James thinks that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan should play Swansea City's Stephen Kingsley at left-back against England, with Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson injured.(Herald)

Fifa has ordered Scotland to wear their change pink jerseys in next Friday's match at Wembley because the white sleeves on the traditional dark blue first-choice strip is too similar to England's home strip. (Daily Record)

Former Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith thinks Fifa is wrong to ban Scotland and England players wearing a poppy emblem on their jerseys. "I don't see how they can possibly think it's a political thing," he says.(Sun)

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
Greig Laidlaw will continue to play for Scotland after he moves to France next summer

"Joe the Goal" Gormley, has walked out on his St Johnstone loan deal and has told parent club Peterborough that he is considering quitting the game. Last week Saints boss Tommy Wright said the former Cliftonville striker had returned to Northern Ireland for personal reasons. (Daily Express)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praises the contribution to the team of goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who has kept eight clean sheets this season.(Press and Journal)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish Rugby deny owing compensation to Worcester Warriors for an injury sustained by prop Euan Murray while he was on Scotland duty more than three years ago. (Daily Mail)

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is confident they can continue progressing despite the knowledge that head coach Vern Cotter is in the final months of his reign.(National)

Laidlaw has quelled speculation that he could end his Scotland career when he moves to France next summer by revealing that continued release for international duty was a key element of his negotiations with Clermont Auvergne. (Herald)

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