Scottish Gossip: Pitch doubts for Celtic, Partick to sign Pogba

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Celtic's Champions League qualifying tie in Azerbaijan could be in jeopardy because of the state of the pitch, which has been damaged by extreme heat. (Various)

Celtic fly out to Baku this afternoon and want assurances from Qarabag on the condition of the playing surface before they depart. (Various)

St Johnstone defender Brad McKay labels Hearts striker Juanma "a typical foreigner", accusing the Spaniard of play-acting to win fouls. (Various)

Mathias Pogba, older brother of Juventus star Paul, is on the verge of signing for Partick Thistle. The 24-year-old was released by Crawley Town at the end of last season. (Various)

Striker Kris Boyd reckons Kilmarnock could have lost 9-0 to Dundee on Saturday, so feeble was their showing in the 4-0 home defeat. (Daily Mail)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton is happy with the work ethic of the squad he has assembled and will be happy to kick off the Championship campaign without any new additions. (Sun)

But Warburton is keen to offer veteran midfielder John Eustance a deal at Ibrox. (Herald)

Hibs manager Allan Stubbs was pleased with the reception given to Scott Allan as the midfielder, who has handed in a transfer request, came off the bench to score against Montrose. (Various)

Veteran striker Steven Thompson believes St Mirren have what it takes to secure a Championship play-off place this season. (Sun)

Former Ross County and Motherwell midfielder Iain Vigurs is hoping his second match for Inverurie Locos is his last as he keeps fit with the Highland League side as a trialist while seeking a new club. (Sun)

Belgium assistant manager Vital Borkelmans says moving to Celtic could prove to be a great decision for defender Dedryk Boyata, who was given his one and only international cap five years ago. (Sun)

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