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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given his backing to the prospect of Scott Brown playing for Scotland against England, saying he is focused on preventing his players suffering burnout this summer. (Sky Sports)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is close to concluding his search for a new assistant boss. (Daily Record)

If hit with a lengthy touchline ban, Hibs boss Neil Lennon could be forced to sit out a second title party following his bust-up with Morton counterpart Jim Duffy. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon and Morton counterpart Jim Duffy
Hibs boss Neil Lennon and Morton counterpart Jim Duffy are likely to be in hot water with the SFA

Hibs left-back Lewis Stevenson insists Darren McGregor did nothing to deserve his red card against Morton. (Various)

Hibernian defender Darren McGregor is free to play against Dunfermline on Saturday as the appeal against his stoppage-time red card in Wednesday's draw with Morton won't be heard until next Thursday. (Scotsman)

Left-back Emilio Izaguirre, 30, is set for talks over his Celtic future with his contract set to expire. (Scottish Sun)

Pedro Caixinha has warned his Rangers players their summer break could be cut short to just 10 days. (Various)

Telly broadcaster Richard keys has called on armchair fans to boycott Sky Sports and force the satellite giants to pay a fair price for Scottish football. (Daily Record)

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has categorically stated there is no danger of his club slipping into administration - even if they miss out on promotion to the Premiership this season. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Celtic are set for a £5m summer windfall after Chelsea closed in on the £50m signing of Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Record, newspaper edition)

Steve Clarke, who assisted Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, says Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is right to pursue a home-grown coach. (Scottish Sun)

Derek McInnes insists signing Greg Tansey on a pre-contract proves losing Niall McGinn isn't the end of the world for Aberdeen. (Scottish Sun)

Finishing fourth in the Premiership would be "like winning the title" for St Johnstone, according to manager Tommy Wright. (The Courier)

TV host James Corden wants his favourite team West Ham to sign up Scotland and Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Vern Cotter will take another important member of his Scotland backroom staff - skills and contact specialist Richie Gray - to Montpellier in the summer. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Sean Maitland knows he faces a ribbing from his Scotland team-mates if Saracens lose to his former club Glasgow on Sunday. (Various)

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