Scottish Gossip: Dave King, Rangers, Kenny McLean, Andy Murray, Gregor Townsend

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Dave King insists Celtic have in effect won only two Scottish titles in a row, not six, because Rangers were in the lower leagues for four seasons. "Celtic have six titles but the concept of nine-in-a-row is a competition between Rangers and Celtic," said the Rangers chairman. "So if Rangers went into the English Premier League and Celtic stayed behind in Scotland and won 20 league titles, there would be no point them saying to Rangers fans, 'We've won 20 in a row.' It's irrelevant if Rangers are not there." (Sunday Mail)

"They'll never get to 10," says King of Celtic. "They won't even get close." (Sunday Express)

St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig recalls being at McDiarmid Park in his first stint at the club in 2008 when the training facilities were poor and the balls they used in training were in bad shape. Now he says they are looking for a run in Europe. "The progress of the club since I first signed is incredible," he says.(Sun)

Rangers have been told by Aberdeen any bid for midfielder Kenny McLean would be pointless. The 25-year-old is entering the final 12 months of his deal at Pittodrie, but Rangers have been warned he's not available at any price. (Sunday Mail)

St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig
Liam Craig is determined that St Johnstone will get past FC Trakai of Lithuania in the Europa League first round qualifier, the first leg of which is on Thursday at McDiarmid Park

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has failed in a bid to take full back James Tavernier to Nottingham Forest. Warburton brought Tavernier to Rangers two years ago from Wigan and he was a mainstay as they won the Championship.(Scotland on Sunday)

After weeks of talks, Hearts look set to finally win the race to land 21-year-old Manchester City left-back Ashley Smith-Brown on loan. (Sun)

Aberdeen fans post less than favourable responses to their club's new blue away strip.(Sun)

The Dons hope to persuade 34-year-old Shaun Maloney to make the move north from Hull City with the offer of a two-year contract. (Scotland on Sunday)

Celtic are set to make only one more signing between now and the end of their Champions League qualification adventure. Says manager Brendan Rodgers: "There is another I would hope we can get in. Then I just want to get through the qualifiers with the players who have got us through, knowing they are a year better on."(Scotland on Sunday)

James Tavernier is greeted by Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton is keen to be reunited with attacking right-back James Tavernier at Nottingham Forest

Rangers captain Lee Wallace, the sole survivor from the team that played in the club's last European matches in 2011-12, views Thursday's match against Progres Niederkorn as another step in the Gers' rehabilitation. (Sunday Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

World number one Andy Murray is behind Marin Cilic as "fourth favourite" to retain his Wimbledon title, according to the Croatian's compatriot and ex-coach Goran Ivanisevic. Cilic plays Feliciano Lopez in the final of Queen's on Sunday.(Daily Mail)

Murray's first-round defeat at Queen's may prove to be a blessing in disguise for his Wimbledon chances because it has taken the pressure off him at a time when mental freshness is as important to him as his physical condition. (Sunday Express)

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend defended the two players who filled in at fly-half in the 27-22 defeat by Fiji after regular starter Finn Russell was called up by the British and Irish Lions. Peter Horne started at fly-half but then moved to centre when Duncan Taylor went off. Ruaridh Jackson moved from full-back to take over.(Evening Express)

Scottish UFC star Paul Craig introduces "fight legend" Frank Mir to the delights of Irn-Bru. The former heavyweight champion tried the famous Scots drink during a visit. (Sun)

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