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Celtic could recruit their former midfielder, John Collins, as assistant manager, with the Scottish champions moving close to appointing Stromsgodset's Ronny Deila as their new team boss by agreeing a compensation deal within 48 hours.The Herald

Celtic have agreed a deal with Ronny Deila's agent for the Norwegian to become their new team boss, but they face tough negotiations with his present club, Stromsgodset. over compensation for the 38-year-old. Daily Record

Former Rangers striker Steven Lennon, who plays for Norwegian side Sandnes, says Celtic managerial target Ronny Deila is a master at unearthing talent and selling it on for a profit. Daily Record (print edition)

John Collins
John Collins, who has been coaching Scotland Under-19s, is being linked with a Celtic return

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill believes his assistant, Roy Keane, has knocked back the only chance he will ever have of becoming Celtic manager. The Sun (print edition)

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic admits he is heartbroken after being ruled out of Australia's World Cup squad through injury. The Sun (print edition)

Scottish football will have its lowest representation for 20 years at a World Cup finals, with only Celtic trio Efe Ambrose, of Nigeria, England's Fraser Forster and Honduras' Emilio Izaguirre currently contracted to one of the country's clubs. Daily Record (print edition)

Gibraltar, who will make their European Championship qualifying debut in the same group as Scotland, defeated Malta 1-0 in a friendly in Faro - their first win in five international matches.Daily Mail

Scotland forward Ross McCormack, 27, is ready to quit Leeds United and make an £8m switch to Newcastle. Daily Mirror

A supporters' campaign, backed by Hibs Supporters Association, to oust chairman Rod Petrie will go ahead with a rally outside Easter Road on Saturday despite having a request to gather inside the stadium rejected by the relegated club.The Scotsman

Hamilton Academical player-manager Alex Neil admits that James Keatings has rejected a new contract with the promoted club amid speculation that the forward is to join relegated Hearts. The Herald

St Mirren manager Tommy Craig has revealed he expects to deploy more graduates from the club's youth academy in the first team this season.The Herald

OTHER GOSSIP

Brothers Mike and Ross Doneghan will play together for the first time as professionals next season after the latter signed a one-year contract with London Scottish.The Herald

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