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Midfielder Ryan Jack, the 25-year-old who has turned down a new deal with Aberdeen and left the Pittodrie club on Wednesday, will become Rangers' second signing of the summer today after undergoing a medical.(Scottish Sun)

Mexico midfielder Carlos Pena, who has spent the season on loan to Leon, is on the verge of securing a move to Rangers, according to the 27-year-old's coach at Guadalajara, Matias Almeyda. (The Herald)

Guadalajara coach Matias Almeyda has written a personal letter of endorsement to the Department of Employment to pave the way for Carlos Pena's move to Rangers as the Mexico midfielder pursues a work permit.(Daily Record)

Rangers are considering a move for Norwich City head of recruitment Joe Savage, who previously worked at Hamilton Academical, for their director of football role. (Daily Record)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old Portugal defender who has signed from Cagliari, epitomises the winning mentality he wants to instil at Ibrox.(The Herald)

Promoted Hibernian have agreed a two-year contract with 28-year-old Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose, who had been on loan at Easter Road from Celtic and who will become a free agent. (Daily Mail)

Ryan Jack is left disappointed with Aberdeen
Ryan Jack is reportedly poised to sign for Rangers after leaving Aberdeen

Ryan Christie's reluctance to make a permanent move to Aberdeen, where the midfielder had been on loan, could force Celtic to make a straight cash bid for Dons winger Jonny Hayes. (Daily Express, print edition)

Hearts hope to sign striker Greg Stewart on loan from Birmingham City, where the 27-year-old has failed to command a starting place since last summer's move from Dundee, but Aberdeen and MK Dons are also interested. (Scottish Sun)

Sam Nicholson has started training with Minnesota United after his contract expired with Hearts, who will lose the 22-year-old midfielder for nothing instead of £400,000 compensation if he joins the Major League Soccer club instead of moving within the UK. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Midfielder Blair Spittal is a target for Partick Thistle after the 21-year-old's contract expired with Dundee United. (The Herald, print edition)

Wato Kuate, the midfielder who was axed by Dundee United after an on-field dispute with his team-mates in their play-off final against Hamilton Accies, says he is glad they lost over two legs and missed out on promotion to the Premiership.(Scottish Sun)

Interim Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Rugby Park club when the 39-year-old returns from holiday this week. (Daily Express, print edition)

Kilmarnock will meet interim manager Lee McCulloch in the next 72 hours in a bid to tie up a deal to make the 39-year-old their team boss on a permanent basis.(Daily Record)

Dundee managing director John Nelms has travelled to Spain to talk to St Mirren manager Jack Ross in defiance of the Paisley club's rejection of the Premiership club's approach for their manager. (Daily Record)

St Mirren are poised to offer Jack Ross a bumper new contract in a bid to prevent their manager leaving for Dundee. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle directors are keen to talk to Aberdeen Under-20s coach Paul Sheerin about their managerial vacancy and Ross Tokely believes his former Caley Thistle team-mate is the ideal man to take the club back to the Premiership. (Press and Journal)

Birmingham City striker Greg Stewart shows his disappointment
Birmingham City striker Greg Stewart is being linked with Hearts and Aberdeen

Estonia striker Henri Anier and Lewis Horner, the midfielder who was charged recently by the Scottish FA with betting offences, have been released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle along with defenders Kevin McNaughton and Louis Laing and forward, while defender Josh Meekings and striker Alex Fisher are expected to turn down contract offers. (Daily Express, print edition)

Aberdeen Under-20s coach Paul Sheerin has stated that he is surprised to hear he is on Inverness Caledonian Thistle's managerial shortlist along with Queen's Park's Gus MacPherson and Caley Thistle coach Maurice Malpas. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Full-back Kieran Tierney, still recovering from a mouth injury picked up in the Scottish Cup final, is hoping to be ready to face England next weekend so he can test himself against some of the best players in the world and says marking Celtic team-mates Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair in training has been the ideal preparation.(The Herald)

Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney is so desperate to play against England that he is prepared to wear a protective gum shield at Hampden. (Scottish Sun)

Former Scotland defender and manager Alex McLeish fears that head coach Gordon Strachan's lack of options at centre-half will hinder his hopes of beating England in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden.(Daily Record)

Dedication to fitness and cutting down on nights out helped Celtic to an unbeaten domestic treble, according to captain Scott Brown. (The National)

Dumbarton have become the first Scottish club, and are not expected to be the last, to disband their professional youth teams as a result of the Scottish FA's Project Brave, which plans to cut the number of academies around the country.(The Herald)

Former Hearts and Rangers midfielder Ian Black has been released by Blackpool despite helping the Seasiders win promotion back to League One. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER SPORT

Scotland captain John Barclay has dismissed suggestions that he and new national coach Gregor Townsend do not see eye to eye.(Daily Telegraph)

Scottish scrum-half Greig Laidlaw has defended Warren Gatland after England boss Eddie Jones warned that the tourists could come unstuck against New Zealand if they stick to the tactics used by the British and Irish Lions coach with Wales. (The National)

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