Scottish Gossip: Dembele, Milan, Scotland, Strachan, Tierney, Robertson

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

AC Milan are the latest club to show an interest in Celtic's 20-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele and the Scottish champions are bracing themselves for a series of bids for last season's top scorer. And French media have added Marseille to the list of potential suitors with Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla also linked with the player. (Mail on Sunday)

Reports suggest Milan are in talks to sign France Under-21 international Dembele. (Scotland on Sunday)

Vitoria Setubal defender Fabio Cardoso and Benfica forward Calcio will arrive in Glasgow on Sunday to become Pedro Caixinha's latest Rangers signings. (Sunday Mail)

Fabio Cardoso
Cardoso joined Vitoria last year after starting his career at Benfica

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was mistaken for France left-back Gael Clichy on a plane, so played along and told the inquisitive passenger he was on his way to sign for the Scottish club. (Mail on Sunday)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is ready to make a £2m move for Fulham's 28-year-old Scottish midfielder Kevin McDonald. (Sun)

Steven Gerrard has lauded his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' achievement in winning the treble in his first season in charge at Celtic and has tipped the Scottish champions to reach the Champions League group stage again next season. (Sun)

Preston North End's Scottish striker Stevie May has revealed he was told his career may be over and he used a motorised scooter after sustaining a knee injury in 2015, the 24-year-old now back to fitness. (Sun)

SCOTLAND GOSSIP

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan admits his side must not lose Saturday's World Cup qualifier against England at Hampden. (Sunday Express)

But though Strachan accepts there is a gap between the sides, he does not think it is as great as that which existed between the Celtic side he led and Manchester United in 2006, when Celtic were the winners in Glasgow. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Gordon Strachan
Strachan's Scotland trail World Cup Qualifying Group F leaders England by six points

Scotland boss Strachan has praised the bravery of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who is nursing a mouth injury as he prepares to feature for his country against England. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Strachan has hinted at a Scotland debut for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser against England. (Sunday Herald - subscription required)

Former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness doubts his country's chances against England. "We must have an exceptionally good day and they must have a bad one," says Souness. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Stuart McCall, the former Scotland midfielder and assistant coach, hopes the Scots can replicate the form shown by Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side when they reached Euro 2016 with some late victories. (Sunday Herald - subscription required)

Andrew Robertson insists his focus is on Scotland's match against England, rather than speculation over his future amid apparent interest in the Hull City left-back by Liverpool. (Sun)

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes his club manager Brendan Rodgers will deserve a share of the credit if the Scots beat England, owing to the influence of Celtic's Scottish players in the national team. (Sunday Herald - subscription required)

The Scotland team that started against Slovenia in March
Six Celtic players started in Scotland's March win over Slovenia

Strachan says the Celtic players in his squad "have grown and grown as the season has gone on". (Scotland on Sunday)

Former England midfielder Paul Scholes says Celtic and Scotland midfielder Scott Brown is "a real leader" but questions whether he would have had the "same influence" if he had played in England. (Sunday Mail)

RUGBY UNION GOSSIP

Wing Tim Visser is relishing a return to Fiji, where he made his international debut, during this summer's Scotland tour. Gregor Townsend's Scots will face Fiji on 24 June. (Scotland on Sunday)

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