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Celtic captain Scott Brown joined manager Ronny Deila in praising goalkeeper Craig Gordon's display in the 1-0 Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb, with the midfielder insisting the glove man is getting better with age. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Goal hero Kris Commons reckons Celtic should sign Gordon up for life. (Daily Record)

Defender Emilio Izaguirre has targeted back-to-back wins over Romanian minnows Astra in Celtic's next two European games to pave their way into the knockout phase. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Celtic centre back Jason Denayer has earned a call-up for Belgium on the back of his impressive displays for the Scottish champions. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is considering a £2m-a-year offer to become coach of Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. (Sun - subscription required)

Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong is thrilled his league-leading side have found a way to win ugly this season. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Derek Adams
Former Ross County manager Derek Adams has ambitions to be a boss abroad

Tannadice boss Jackie McNamara is not surprised to see his team at the top the Premiership table, but ahead of their meeting with Kilmarnock on Friday night, he reckons it is too early to be talking about a title tilt. (Various)

McNamara, however, says there is "hope" that his charges can challenge Celtic for the Premiership crown this term. (Star)

Killie manager Allan Johnston believes Finish playmaker Alexei Eremenko can help the club's young players reach the top of the game. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Dundee boss Paul Hartley has heaped praise on his former Celtic midfield colleague Barry Robson, insisting the Aberdeen ace is still a top player at the age of 35. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Livingston boss John McGlynn reckons Rangers are a "Jekyll and Hyde" side and admits he has no idea what to expect when his team welcome the Ibrox outfit on Saturday. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Rangers fans are unhappy that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has doubled his stake in the Ibrox club by buying £850,000 worth of shares, weeks after refusing to invest in the recent share issue. (Daily Record)

Ibrox goalkeeper Cammy Bell is set for five months on the sidelines, despite his shoulder surgery going well last week. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson believes new signing James McFadden can fill the void left by striker Stevie May's departure to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer. (Daily Record)

Former Ross County manager Derek Adams would love to work abroad but reckons Scottish coaches are not rated elsewhere. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh Rugby captain Mike Coman is determined to lead his side to a shock win over Ulster on Friday night as he makes his return from injury. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Andy Murray has been left frustrated by organisers of the China Open using different tennis balls to what the players are used to. (Scottish Sun: print edition)

Padraig Harrington, fresh from a round of 66 that left him third at the Dunhill Links, has set his sights on a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympics. (Daily Record)

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