Scottish Gossip: Stefan Johansen, Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brendan Rodgers has revealed he would like Stefan Johansen to stay at Celtic. Galatasaray are keen on the Norwegian, and Rodgers admits the club may have to sell if the player expresses a wish to leave with just a year remaining on his contract. (Scottish Sun)

The Turkish side have already had a £1.1million bid for Johansen rejected. (Daily Record)

New Rangers signing Matt Crooks is relishing the challenge of playing in the Premiership having been stunned by the intensity of the Old Firm game. Crooks attended Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden last season. (The Times)

Referee Steven McLean fears bringing in video technology to aid officials could turn Scottish football into American football. McLean is concerned that having to refer decisions to video refs will cause matches to drag on longer than they should. (Scottish Sun)

McLean insists Scotland's referees are relishing the return of the Old Firm fixture this season. (Daily Record)

Stefan Johansen
Stefan Johansen has one year remaining on his Celtic contract

Aberdeen defender Graeme Shinnie is adamant the Dons can reach the Europa League group stage, but says it would be dangerous to look beyond tonight's opponents Fola Esch. (Daily Record)

Shinnie believes Aberdeen are a stronger side this season following the summer arrivals of strikers Jayden Stockley and Miles Storey, defenders Callum Morris and Anthony O'Connor, and goalkeepers Joe Lewis and Neil Alexander. (Daily Express)

New signing Grant Holt hopes fellow striker Jason Cummings stays at Easter Road to help fire Hibs into the Premiership. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs have confirmed the signing of former Raith Rovers goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw on a one-year deal. (The Scotsman)

Matt Phillips was sold on a £5.5million move from QPR to West Brom by Scotland team-mate Darren Fletcher. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie fears for the future of golf in the Olympics after a host of top players withdrew from the Rio Games this summer

Colin Montgomerie slammed the stay-away stars who have snubbed the Olympics. Montgomerie is dismayed to see superstars such as Rory McIlroy and Jason Day pull out, and does not accept the outbreak of the Zika virus as a valid excuse. (Daily Record)

Montgomerie thinks the raft of withdrawals could affect golf's future inclusion in the Games. (The Herald)

Tomas Berdych is ready to show Ivan Lendl what he is missing by taking out Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-final. Lendl snubbed the chance to work with Berdych before returning to coach Murray for a second time. (Scottish Sun)

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