Scottish Gossip: Moussa Dembele, Chelsea, Hearts, Niall Keown, Zak Jules

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will put Celtic striker Moussa Dembele at the top of his £100m summer spending spree in which he also hopes to recruit Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Record)

Conte dismisses as "just speculation" reports that Chelsea offered £40m for Dembele in the January transfer window. (Sun)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers reveals that Dembele was actually at Chelsea on transfer deadline day...but for a scan on his knee. (Daily Express)

Rodgers has claimed getting Craig Gordon's name on a new contract would be Celtic's best signing of the season so far. The goalkeeper proved his performance levels hadn't been unsettled by Chelsea having two bids rejected late in the January transfer window as he recorded a clean sheet in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Aberdeen. (Daily Mail)

Martin Keown
Martin Keown's son Niall was on the losing side as St Johnstone beat Partick Thistle

Firhill welcomed a special guest as Arsenal and England legend Martin Keown took in his son Niall's first home match for Partick Thistle, but it ended in defeat by St Johnstone. (Daily Mail)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro believes his team "took their frustrations out" on Rangers in the 4-1 win for the capital club, after a tricky initial period for Cathro at Tynecastle. (Scotsman)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton claims the loss was the worst of his 18 months in charge. He says: "We've just lost 4-1. We're Rangers Football Club, we don't lose 4-1. We did tonight and I feel frustrated, absolutely." (Scotsman)

Motherwell's 19-year-old centre-back Zak Jules, on loan from Reading, has had just 720 seconds of senior league action in his career, but is already talking about making the step up from Scotland Under-21s to the full team. (Daily Record)

Zak Jules
Zak Jules qualifies to play for Scotland through his Glasgow-born mother

Terry Butcher showed he has lost none of steel since his playing days as he flattened fellow BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton in a staged kick-about before the Hearts-Rangers match as they attempted to beat Kris Boyd's recent fastest goal in Scottish Premiership history. (Telegraph)

Midfielder Robert Snodgrass reckons he can handle the pressure of filling Dimitri Payet's boots after West Ham paid £10.2m for him. (Sun)

Manager Lee Clark feels Kilmarnock can help Conor Sammon flourish again after taking the striker back to Rugby Park at the second time of asking. Sammon joined Killie on loan from Hearts six months after Clark failed to lure him back to Ayrshire. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith expects his phone to be pinging with messages of advice from Andy Murray during the matches against Canada on Thursday night. Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are taking the lead in Murray's absence while he rests at home in Surrey. (Daily Mail)

Scottish rugby bosses have been tackled by fans over a commercial deal with website Viagogo where Six Nations tickets are being sold for up to 17 times face value. (Daily Record)

Ahead of Scotland's Six Nations opener against Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday, winger Sean Maitland says he is "genuinely excited by what we could potentially achieve" and states: "This is the strongest Scotland squad I have ever been involved with." (Telegraph)

Scotland loosehead prop Allan Dell warns that the home pack will have to be alert to the ways of Ireland's forwards. "Irish packs are smart, physical and I wouldn't say they cheat but they push the boundaries a lot - obviously that can be called intelligent," he says. (Scotsman)

Lee McConnell is set to become an Olympic fourth-placed finisher twice over after Games chiefs stripped yet another Russian of a medal due to drug abuse. The re-testing of samples from London 2012 has uncovered the use of banned steroid turinabol by Antonina Krivoshapka who helped the Russians to 4x400m relay sliver behind the United States. (Herald)

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