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Rangers and Celtic are poised to battle for the signature of Sunderland striker Danny Graham, the 30-year-old who has been on loan to Blackburn Rovers and is out of contract at the end of the season. (The Sun)external-link

Erik Sviatchenko believes outgoing manager Ronny Deila is an ideal candidate to become head coach of Brondby after being linked with the club in the Celtic defender's Danish homeland. (The Scotsman)external-link

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko will snub summer holidays in his quest to become one of Europe's best defenders.(Daily Record)external-link

Derek McInnes has warned Scottish Championship title winners Rangers that his Aberdeen side will still be Celtic's main challengers for the Premiership title next season. (Daily Record)external-link

Former businessman Hugh Duncan, who provided Dundee United with a soft loan of £1.6m, has hinted that he is ready to provide more funds to save off any threat of administration following their relegation from the Scottish Premiership. (Daily Record, print edition)

Sunderland striker Danny Graham
Sunderland striker Danny Graham is being linked with Celtic and Rangers

Polish goalkeeper Michal Szromnik could be poised to leave Dundee United weeks after returning early to play for the club after a bout of meningitis and despite the 23-year-old having a year of his contract still to run. (The Herald, print edition)

Ray McKinnon will accept the challenge of managing Dundee United, the club he supported as a boy and played for twice, even if he guides Raith Rovers to the Scottish Premiership.(Evening Telegraph)external-link

Raith Rovers manager Ray McKinnon has pledged to stay with the Kirkcaldy club if they make it to the Scottish Premiership via the play-offs even though he is Tannadice chairman Stephen Thompson's number one target to replace sacked manager Mixu Paatelainen. (The Courier)external-link

Brechin City chairman Ken Ferguson, who gave Ray McKinnon his first job as team manager, says the Raith Rovers boss ticks all the boxes to take charge of Dundee United.(The Courier)external-link

Ray McKinnon says Hibernian counterpart Alan Stubbs is feeling the pressure after his Raith Rovers side secured a 1-0 lead after the first leg of their promotion play-off. (The Scotsman)external-link

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is surprised that other clubs have not targeted his key men, striker Steven Maclean and midfielder David Wotherspoon, and others in the Perth squad.(The Courier)external-link

Scottish football is £10.6m better off after a broadcasting deal was agreed between the Scottish Professional Football League and BBC Scotland that also promises better match coverage across all its platforms. (The Herald)external-link

The Scottish Professional Football League is celebrating a new deal with the BBC that is worth £10.6m - nearly double the previous amount - over four years that gives audiences better coverage - with more cameras at matches.(Daily Record)external-link

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ryan Gauld
Ryan Gauld is likely to be loaned out by Sporting Lisbon next season

Former BBC broadcaster Jim Spence has joined Dundee United as a consultant and will be advising the Tannadice board on how better to interact with supporters and their representatives, as well as helping liaise with the media. (The Courier)external-link

Scotland Under-21 midfielder Ryan Gauld is likely to be loaned out by Sporting Lisbon next season to another Portuguese club as his employers are downsizing their B team. (The Sun, print edition)

Forward Jordan Roberts believes he has three games to win a new contract with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after managing only 11 appearances in a season plagued by injury. (Press and Journal)external-link

Dundee midfielder Paul McGowan will find out today if he needs an operation on the shoulder injury that ended the 28-year-old's season early. (The Sun, print edition)


Great Britain captain Leon Smith has suggested that Novak Djokovic might have already told Serbia he will not be in their team for the Davis Cup quarter-final that takes place between Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.(The Herald)external-link

Sir Steve Redgrave believes that Kath Grainger, the 40-year-old who retired for two years but will compete in Rio, spent too long out of the boat to match his achievement of winning medals in five successive Olympics. (Daily Express)external-link

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