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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Derk Boerrigter, James Forrest, Beram Kayal, Anthony Stokes and Virgil van Dijk are all struggling to be fit for Celtic's crucial Champions League play-off second leg against Shakhter Karagandy.

But the Scottish champions are close to completing the £3m signing of Schalke and Finland striker Teemu Pukki, though he will not be eligible to face the Kazakh side.

Full story: Scottish Sun (subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, Shakhter have been reported to Uefa by animal rights group Peta after they sacrificed a sheep before last week's first-leg meeting with Celtic.

Full story: The Metroexternal-link

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes blamed Hearts assistant Billy Brown for the touchline altercation that led to both being sent to the stand during the Dons' 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle.

Full story: Sunday Mailexternal-link

Former Scotland midfielder Craig Burley doubts whether Scottish FA rules will ever eradicate betting among players.

Full story: Sunday Mail (print edition)

But manager Neil Lennon insists he will not tolerate gambling on Celtic matches by any of his players.

Full story: Sunday Express (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Pat Cash believes Andy Murray will add to his tally of Grand Slam titles but does not expect the Scot to successfully defend the US Open over the next fortnight.

Full story: Sunday Times (subscription required)external-link

Meanwhile, Murray has described the stern talking to he gave himself during a bathroom break before winning the fifth set in last year's final against Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows. The Scot recounted: "'You are not losing this match,' I said to myself."

Full story: Scotland on Sundayexternal-link

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