Scottish Gossip: Joey Barton, Rangers, Brendan Rodgers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibs

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Joey Barton has declared his intention to be the best player in Scotland during his time with Rangers. (Various)

Brendan Rodgers has praised the work of former colleague Mark Warburton as he looks ahead to them locking horns as Old Firm rivals. (Various)

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham says action needs to be taken against Hibernian supporters after he was forced to flee crowd trouble at the end of the Scottish Cup final. (Scotsman)

Brendan Rodgers insists he has no problem going from the highlife of the Premier League to facing Inverness on a Tuesday night. (Various)

Aberdeen are looking to land Scottish Cup hero Paul Hanlon - but the defender hasn't ruled out remaining with Hibs. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibs defender Paul Hanlon (left) and captain David Gray celebrate with the Scottish Cup
Paul Hanlon (left) celebrates Hibs' Scottish Cup success with David Gray - but will the centre-back stay at Easter Road?

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has revealed he's already targeting not just promotion next season but doing so by winning the Championship title outright. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Philippe Coutinho has told Celtic stars to expect a fresh start under Brendan Rodgers. (Scottish Sun)

Joey Barton feared if he didn't say yes to Rangers then he'd live to regret it for the rest of his life. (Daily Record)

David Moyes insists Alan Stubbs should stay on at Hibernian to add promotion to his historic Scottish Cup triumph. (Various)

Neil Lennon has revealed he almost rejoined Celtic as manager, saying he "just got pipped by Brendan Rodgers" and is seriously considering an offer from abroad. (Daily Record, print edition).

Dundee managing director John Nelms would rather let Greg Stewart leave for nothing next year than sell him for peanuts now. (Scottish Sun)

Former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has been dumped by Sheffield Wednesday for their £170m Championship Play-Off Final against Hull City at Wembley. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Emilio Izaguirre has told new boss Brendan Rodgers he wants to stay and fight for his Celtic place. (Scottish Sun)

Former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld has been promoted to Sporting Lisbon's first-team squad for the new Portuguese season. (The Courier, print edition)

Arbroath's 131-year-old world record for their famous 36-0 victory has been smashed by a team in the Ecuadorian Third Division who won 44-1. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Joey Barton's first Old Firm 'battle' has come a few months earlier than planned after it emerged he will be playing in the fourball behind Celtic's major shareholder Dermot Desmond in today's BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth. (Daily Mail, print edition)

The crisis at Highland League club Nairn County has deepened with manager Les Fridge joining the exodus from Station Park. (Press and Journal)

OTHER GOSSIP

Head coach Vern Cotter and his Scotland management team will weigh their options before deciding on a replacement for Finn Russell on next month's tour to Japan. (Scotsman)

Inverness golfer Russell Knox may turn down the chance to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games in Rio. (Press and Journal, print edition)

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