Scottish Gossip: Ciftci, McAlister, Budge, Rangers, Allan

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci, given a six-match suspension after being found guilty of biting Jim McAlister in last season's Dundee derby, will be free to feature in the Champions League qualifiers. (Various)

McAlister says Ciftci did himself no favours by denying he bit him during the last Tayside derby of the season. (Various)

Hearts owner Ann Budge, who failed in her bid to be voted onto the SPFL board, has been appointed to the Football Regulatory Advisory Group.

Full story: The Herald

Dundee's James McAlister (centre) and Nadir Ciftci
Nadir Ciftci has been given a six-match ban after being found guilty of biting Jim McAlister

And the Tynecastle supremo has vowed to do her best to improve Scottish football. (Various)

Rangers' new boys James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn insist they are ready for the challenge of securing promotion to Scotland's top flight.

Full story: Daily Record

Meanwhile, Rangers are stepping up their interest in Hibs playmaker Scott Allan and aim to hold talks with their Championship rivals.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Dundee United's new striker Darko Bodul says moving to the Scottish Premiership from Austria represents "a new, exciting chapter for me".

Full story: Scottish Sun

Stuart Armstrong has warned Celtic they cannot afford to rest on their laurels as they take a 2-0 first leg lead into tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan. (Various)

Phil Mickelson
Hotel check-in? Phil Mickelson's ball made an unexpected appearance...

Dutch striker Genero Zeefuik could return to Hearts following his loan spell at Tynecastle after being told by Gronigen that he is free to leave the club.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Scotland international Shaun Maloney will earn more than £1m a year playing in Major League Soccer with Chicago Fire.

Full story: The Herald

OTHER GOSSIP

Zach Johnson says he is "humbled to be Open champion" after winning the Claret Jug at St Andrews via a play-off. (Various)

Phil Mickelson, after watching his wayward drive on the 17th at St Andrews land out of bounds on the balcony of room 130 at a nearby hotel, quipped: "I've tried hitting shots from some crazy places..." (Various)

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