Scottish Gossip: Kieran Tierney, Uefa draws, Ryan Gauld, Finn Russell

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Manager Jose Mourinho had three Manchester United scouts at Hampden for the Scotland-England match, with Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney the main focus of their attention.(Daily Mirror)

Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee believes the point earned against England could be the one that clinches second place in World Cup qualifying Group F. (Evening Express)

Barcelona legend Xavi insists Celtic should be put straight into the Champions League group stage instead of going in to Monday's draw for the qualification rounds where they could be paired with Luxembourg's F91 Dudelange, Albanian's Kukesi, Ireland's Dundalk and Latvia's Spartaks Jurmala.(Daily Record)

Ryan Gauld
Ryan Gauld may be smarter than the average Scottish player, according to Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha

Former Celtic skipper Tom Boyd reckons if Brendan Rodgers's side can secure a £30m Champions League group stage jackpot then 10 league titles in a row will become a reality. (Daily Record)

Scottish clubs could face a "nightmare" 6,000-mile round trip when the European draws are made. Uefa has scrapped regionalised qualifiers in the Champions League and Europa League. Celtic could face a trip to Georgia or Armenia to face Samtredia or Alashkert.(Sun)

Asked at a seminar if he might be tempted to sign Ryan Gauld for Rangers, manager Pedro Caixinha says: "I considered that we should not have more than two loans and in that position we are already covered. Gauld was not a necessity, although I recognised a lot of quality and competence in him. He has a cognitive ability above the Scottish average, thinks about the game in a different way." (Daily Record)

Manager Derek McInnes returns to work this week and could kick-start his second Aberdeen revolution with a £250,000 bid for fit-again Preston striker Stevie May.(Sun)

McInnes' decision to turn down Sunderland, an English club which has spent the past 10 years in the Premier League and whose team regularly play in front of 40,000-plus crowds, to stay at Aberdeen is almost unprecedented in today's Scottish football landscape. (Scotsman)

Mark McGhee praises McInnes for turning down the chance to manage Sunderland but predicts it will only be a matter of time before the "red hot" Scot is lured back down to England. (National)

Scotland stand-off Finn Russell
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell could be heading to the south of France after next season to join Montpellier

Leigh Griffiths' former agent and ex-Celtic striker Darren Jackson believes that English clubs will now be looking at the forward after his two exquisite free-kick goals for Scotland against England. But he thinks Griffiths will stay at Celtic if he is getting a game. (Evening Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors stand-off Finn Russell, a late call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad, has reportedly agreed a move to French Top 14 side Montpellier for the season after next. (Scotsman)

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw defends Warren Gatland's decision to draft in six new players to the British and Irish Lions squad. Gatland came under fire for appearing to prioritise geographic proximity over meritocratic selection by adding four Wales players and two Scots to his touring party. (Daily Mail)

World number one Andy Murray plans to play top-level tennis for as long as his motivation and fitness allow.(Times, subscription required)

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