Scottish Gossip: Celtic chase Steven Fletcher loan deal

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Celtic are trying to push through a late season-long loan deal for Scotland and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher before Tuesday's transfer deadline. (Daily Mail)

The Parkhead side also hope to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Jozo Simunovic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Ryan Christie in a double deal on Monday. (Various)

Meanwhile Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk will finally join Southampton for £11m. (Daily Record)

Hibernian will make a last-ditch attempt to sign striker Stevie May on loan from Sheffield Wednesday if the former St Johnstone forward's move to Nottingham Forest stalls. (Sun)

Kilmarnock look like signing former Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning following his release by Oldham Athletic. (Daily Record)

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has four goals in 20 appearances for Scotland
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has four goals in 20 appearances for Scotland

Falkirk boss Peter Houston admits he is weighing up a move for 24-year-old French striker John-Christophe Ayina. (Daily Record)

Fulham have knocked back a bid of £10m from fellow Championship club Sheffield Wednesday for Scotland striker Ross McCormack. (Various)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton told his players to accept the praise heaped on them for equalling the eight wins out of eight record established in 1920 under Bill Struth, but also urged them to ensure they make it nine. (Various)

Malmo will use their Champions League cash windfall to buy the remaining ownership rights to their Swedbank Stadion. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Football Association is on the verge of announcing a new £1m sponsorship deal with beer firm Tennent's. (Various)

Ahead of Friday's qualifier against Georgia, Scotland forward Steven Naismith is sure the national side will clinch a place at Euro 2016 in France. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Head coach Vern Cotter will inform rugby World Cup organisers of his official 31-man squad for the tournament on Monday, before it is revealed publicly on Tuesday. One major decision is whether to gamble on centre Alex Dunbar, who is recovering from serious knee injury. (Scotsman)

Andy Murray believes his game could not be in a better place going into the US Open, which starts on Monday. (Herald)

Eilidh Child says picking up a bronze for Team GB in the women's 4x400m relay was the perfect distraction from a disappointing sixth place finish in her 400m hurdle final last Wednesday. (Various)

Scotland retained their place among Europe's elite with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Poland in the final relegation pool match at the European Nations Hockey Championships in London. (Scotsman)

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