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Celtic could hand Montenegro striker Luka Dordevic a trial after the 23-year-old was allowed to terminate his contract with Zenit St Petersburg.(Daily Record)

Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker, the 25-year-old who played under Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, is set to hold talks with the Scottish champions. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has not ruled out a move for Queens Park Rangers central defender Steven Caulker but says his initial discussions with the 25-year-old have been focused on the player's efforts to rehabilitate his life after admitting he was driven to the brink of suicide by his alcohol and gambling addictions.(The Scotsman)

Iceland defender Kari Arnason has moved a step closer to a return to Aberdeen after his present club, Omonia Nicosia, agreed to let the 34-year-old leave only six months into his contract. (Press and Journal)

Luka Dordevic celebrates scoring for Zenit St Petersburg
Luka Dordevic is being linked with Celtic after leaving Zenit St Petersburg

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon insists he is satisfied with the explanation given by Efe Ambrose after the Nigerian defender, who signed from Celtic this summer, finally reported back late for pre-season training on Thursday.(Edinburgh Evening News)

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon is confident of announcing the signing of freed Norwich City right-back Steven Whittaker, the 33-year-old who began his career at Easter Road, next week. (The Scotsman)

Rangers midfielder Matt Crooks is poised to hold signing talks with Northampton Town after they outbid Scunthorpe United, where the 23-year-old was on loan last season, and had an offer accepted by the Ibrox club.(Scottish Sun)

QPR defender Steven Caulker
QPR defender Steven Caulker is received advice from Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Northampton Town lead the race to sign midfielder Matt Crooks from Rangers, but Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander has not given up hope of a deal for the 23-year-old despite so far failing to meet the Glasgow club's valuation. (The Herald)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson has put a six-figure price tag on midfielder Ross Draper and warned interested clubs that he does not need or want to sell the Englishman.(Press and Journal)

OTHER GOSSIP

Jamie Murray has suggested that brother Andy, who failed to defend his Wimbledon singles title, should follow the example of Roger Federer, who has returned to form after time off from tennis through injury, as he looks to recover from a troublesome hip problem.(The Scotsman)

Russell Knox has admitted "I just feel lost" as the US-based Scot struggled with his form and carded a two-over-par 74 in the first round of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. (The Scotsman)

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