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Scottish FA president Alan McRae wants Gordon Strachan to stay on as head coach for another European Championship campaign ahead of the 2020 finals regardless of whether the national team qualifies for the forthcoming World Cup finals. (Scotland On Sunday)

Steven Fletcher, the 29-year-old Scotland striker who is a free agent after leaving Sunderland, has described being linked with a move to Celtic as flattering. (Scotland On Sunday)

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher does not rule out joining another club outside the UK after the 29-year-old spent the season on loan with Marseille from Sunderland. (Sunday Herald)

Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans is being lined up to be Roberto Di Matteo's first signing as Aston Villa manager, with Norwich City ready to allow the 29-year-old to leave at the right price after they were relegated with the Lions. (The People, print edition)

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan gives instructions to Darren Fletcher
Will Gordon Strachan (left) still be in charge of Scotland for the Euro 2020 campaign?

Former Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon has agreed a three-year contract with Hearts after the 29-year-old was released by Derby County. (Sun On Sunday)

Construction company owner Gordon Scott has set his sights on becoming the new chairman of St Mirren and hopes to be the Paisley club's version of Ann Budge, who is acting as a financial bridge ahead of fan ownership at Hearts. (Sunday Herald)

Rangers think they are on course to break their record - 43,170 in 2006 - for the number of season ticket sales after 30,000 fans opted to renew by Friday's deadline. (Mail On Sunday)

Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist says that, although he met Pele and Maradona, nothing came close to the day he met Muhammad Ali, the former boxing world champion who died on Friday. (Sunday Mail)

Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans
Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans is being linked with Aston Villa

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths says he will only feel like he has arrived as a top-class striker when he proves himself against the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan in the Champions League. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths has set his sights on establishing himself as Gordon Strachan's main striker with Scotland. (Sunday Herald)

Gordon Greer suffered his first defeat in 10 Scotland appearances but stresses it was against a class team as France won 3-0 in Metz on Saturday. (Mail on Sunday, print edition)

Ross McCormack missed his own stag night to play for his country but is racing home today to make sure he makes the most important match of his life, with the Fulham and Scotland striker and fiancee Courtney St John to marry this week in a romantic beach-side ceremony overlooking the ocean in Marbella. (Sunday Mail)

Conor Sammon (right) in action for Sheffield United
Conor Sammon (right) has reportedly agreed a contract with Hearts

Scotland coach Stuart McCall has targeted a return to club management - but only to a job offering full-time football at a well-supported club capable of winning silverware. (Sunday Herald)

Dundee United are poised to complete the signing of Ross County midfielder Stewart Murdoch after talks with the 26-year-old. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Mats Wilander has hailed Andy Murray's performance in the French Open semi-final against Stan Wawrinka as a four-set master class in how to crush an opponent tactically, physically and mentally. (Scotland On Sunday)

Scottish boxer Ken Buchanan has revealed that he threatened Muhammad Ali if he attempted to invade his personal space when the American was on the undercard of one of his title fights but says it resulted in a lifetime's friendship. (Sunday Mail)

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