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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

English League One club Oxford United are considering a move for Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald. Oxford's managerial search was sparked by Michael Appleton's decision to become Craig Shakespeare's number two at Leicester City.

Full story: Daily Record

Hearts have launched an attempt to sign former Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty. The Northern Irishman, released by Norwich City last month, is top of the Tynecastle outfit's summer wish-list, with talks expected this week.

Full story: Daily Record

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says he advised striker Liam Boyce to reject a move to Aberdeen and instead join English Championship club Burton Albion from Ross County.

"Without being disrespectful, if Liam went to Aberdeen and had another season like the one he's just had, it's not as if Manchester City would be coming in for him," says O'Neill. "So, it's the right time for him for football reasons to test himself in the [English] Championship."

Full story: Daily Record

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald
Alan Archibald has been linked with English League One outfit Oxford United

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is doing the right thing by chasing loan signings like Chelsea and England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham, says former Celtic defender Tom Boyd. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers chairman Dave King has hailed his deal with Mike Ashley as the most important of his Ibrox tenure. The club's new commercial deal with Sports Direct replaces the arrangement they had with Ashley's company. (Various)

Celtic will hold further talks with Linfield to discuss a suitable date for their Champions League qualifier in Belfast. Celtic's head of security Ronnie Hawthorn will meet the Northern Irish club, Irish FA and police chiefs - with Celtic not keen on losing home advantage in the second leg. (Various)

Aberdeen are weighing up a move for Fulham's George Williams to replace Jonny Hayes, following the winger's move to Premiership rivals Celtic. (Scottish Sun)

Liam Boyce says he favoured a move to Burton Albion over Aberdeen because of a desire to play at a higher level - not over money. (Various)

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty: returning to Scotland's top flight?

Former St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright has announced his retirement from football. Wright is making his first steps in management after being named assistant boss at Stirling Albion. (Daily Record)

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley admits he will have a "good greet" when he reflects on his 18-year playing career. Lasley is hanging up his boots to take up the assistant manager role at Fir Park. (The National)

Hearts pair Aaron Hughes and Bjorn Johnsen will return to training on Monday after being granted an extended summer break because of of their international commitments. (Daily Express)

Willo Flood says promotion to the top flight is the only thing on his mind after signing a new one-year deal with Dundee United. "I enjoy playing for United and I'm determined to get this club into the Premiership," says the midfielder. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gullane is set to stage both the men's and women's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open next year - replicating the ground-breaking double-header being staged at Dundonald Links this summer. (The Scotsman)

Andy Murray's stuttering form has been blown out of proportion, according to former British number one Greg Rusedski. "He has another 10 days left before he has to open up the tournament [Wimbledon] so we shouldn't read too much into this," says Rusedski. (The Herald)

Andy Murray
Andy Murray's Wimbledon preparations were hit by an early exit at Queen's Club

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