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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is eyeing up a move for Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic. The £9m-rated Croat is at the top of Benitez's wish list. (Sun)

Dundee United will land a £750,000 windfall if Andrew Robertson joins Liverpool this summer. The Scotland full-back is set for an £8m move from Hull, who have been relegated. (Sun)

Nottingham Forest plan to move for Barrie McKay if the winger's contract talks with Rangers end in stalemate. The 22-year-old is entering the final year of his current deal. He rejected the offer of an extension in February.(Daily Mail)

McKay is desperate for a new deal and says he has enjoyed "every minute at Rangers". "I want to play here," he says of Ibrox. (Sun)

Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson
The Sun reports that Dundee United negotiated a 15% sell-on clause when he moved to Hull for £2.85m three years ago

Pedro Caixinha has invited Hearts midfielder Alexandros Tziolis to be part of his Rangers revamp next season and is thought to have discussed the details of a move with the Greek international in his office after Saturday's 2-1 win at Ibrox. The pair worked together at Panathinaikos.(Daily Record)

David Moyes says he is "embarrassed" by Sunderland's season and decided against applauding the club's fans after the 2-0 loss at home to Swansea for fear of making things worse. Just nine players offered their thanks to supporters following the final home game of a disastrous campaign. (Daily Mail)

Celtic face a battle with Brighton if they pursue a summer move for Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, who will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. Rodgers worked with the Brazilian at Anfield.(Daily Record)

Winger Patrick Roberts is confident Celtic will not become unnerved by the prospect of writing a new chapter in Scottish football history over the next fortnight. Brendan Rodgers' side are just three games away from becoming the first team to complete a domestic season undefeated in all competitions since organised league football began in Scotland 127 years ago. (Scotsman)

Defender Aaron Hughes believes Hearts are finally on the verge of coming good under Ian Cathro and can challenge for both a European place and silverware next season. The Tynecastle club can no longer finish fourth in the Premiership and will therefore miss out on European football next term.(National)

Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong has enjoyed a successful season at Celtic and made his Scotland debut against Slovenia in March

West Brom have joined the race to sign Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong. Baggies boss Tony Pulis sent a scout to Pittodrie on Friday to assess Armstrong in the champions' 3-1 victory over Aberdeen. Brighton and Everton are also potential bidders for Armstrong who is about to start the final season of his contract. (Scottish Daily Express)

Cathro is adamant that failure to qualify for Europe will not hinder his summer recruitment plans. He is confident of securing four or five new signings despite not being able to offer European football.(Edinburgh Evening News)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is confident the team will cope with the departure of Danny Swanson to Hibernian in the summer. Said the Northern Irishman after Saturday's win over Partick Thistle: "Danny goes with my good wishes. He has proved that he still wants to play for the club. His attitude was brilliant. But we will go and find somebody else and we will hopefully continue to progress." (Scotsman)

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon insists the club won't overspend as he bids to strengthen his squad ahead of the Easter Road outfit's return to the Premiership.(Edinburgh Evening News)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray isn't getting too carried away about turning 30. "Everyone sort of says, 'Oh, when you're 30 or 40, they are huge birthdays.' I have never found that with any birthday. The last time I was home on my birthday, I was, like, 14," he says. (Times, subscription required)

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