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Celtic captain Scott Brown has pledged his long-term future to both his club and country by revealing he will sign a contract extension with the Scottish champions and will remain available for selection by Gordon Strachan's Scotland indefinitely.(The National)

Striker Moussa Dembele looks set to leave Celtic this summer, with Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham United all interested, but manager Brendan Rodgers says the Scottish champions would not consider selling the 20-year-old until they have completed their Champions League qualification games. (Scottish Sun)

Southampton, who have already paid hefty fees to sign Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk from Celtic, are weighing up a move to make 25-year-old midfielder Stuart Armstrong their next £10m capture from the Scottish champions, but the Glasgow club would not consider any offer until after the Champions League qualifiers.(Daily Mail)

Southampton are still keen on Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, while Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion and Brighton are also keeping tabs on the Scotland international. (Daily Record)

Southampton have joined the fight to land 25-year-old midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who is out of contract with Celtic next summer and whose future is in the balance after so far refusing terms on a new contract.(Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot's switch from Rotherham United to Kilmarnock is set to be completed this morning, with the 32-year-old surplus to requirements at the Millers following their relegation from the English Championship. (Daily Record)

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong
Southampton are reportedly keen on Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong

Preston North End are ready to name Alex Neil, sacked last season by Championship rivals Norwich City, as their new manager after a top level meeting with chairman Peter Ridsdale. (The Sun)

Swansea City face competition from a number of other clubs, including Rangers, Leicester City and Newcastle United, to sign Coventry City's 20-year-old midfielder, George Thomas.(Wales Online)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has insisted he had to ban his players from wearing boots in the green of city rivals Celtic to defend the Ibrox club's "culture".(Daily Record)

Manager Pedro Caixinha has said it is "unthinkable" to contemplate his side crashing out of the Europa League tonight against Progres Niederkorn, the Luxembourg side that has never won a single match in European competition. (Evening Times)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has told his players to treat their second leg against Progres Niederkorn like the Europa League final.(The National)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is considering fielding Steven MacLean against Trakai in Thursday's Europa League second leg, despite the striker having not played on an artificial pitch for two years on medical advice to protect his knees. (Daily Express, print edition)

Bjorn Johnsen has not travelled to Ireland with Hearts for pre-season training as doubts over the American-born Norwegian's future continue, with Bolton Wanderers among clubs interested in the 25-year-old. (Daily Record, print edition)

New Dundee United arrival Patrick N'Koyi says he felt like he had been kidnapped by Sukhotai this summer after the Thai top-flight club paraded the 27-year-old Dutchman as a new signing after he arrived for what he thought was a fact-finding mission. (Daily Record)

Coventry City midfielder George Thomas
Coventry City midfielder George Thomas is being linked with Rangers

Scottish League Two club Edinburgh City have signed former Hearts right-back Craig Thomson, the 26-year-old who was convicted in 2011 of lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two underage girls and will be playing in the senior leagues for the first time in five years.(The Scotsman)

Midfielder Chris Cadden says he is more than happy to continue his "dream" of playing for Motherwell despite a failed bid from Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts. (The Herald)

Striker Jason Cummings has stressed that a desire to play under former Rangers manager Mark Warburton was at the heart of his decision to quit Hibernian for Nottingham Forest in a near £1m deal.(Scottish Sun)

Former Scotland striker James McFadden, released by Motherwell, will have another outing as a Queen of the South trialist tonight as they face Annan Athletic in a friendly. (Daily Record, print edition)

Livingston could try to tempt veteran former Rangers and Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander back to the club after missing out on Mark Ridgers, who decided to join Scottish Championship rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle after leaving Partick Thistle.(Scottish Sun)

Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay is looking for a job in the "real world" on LinkedIn, the former St Johnstone defender revealing on the social media site that he is looking for an additional post in "any line of work…outside the football bubble" that he can balance with his Binos duties. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER SPORT

Defending champion Andy Murray has insisted that he was not limping due to pain to his recently injured hip as he marched into the second round of Wimbledon by beating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.(The National)

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