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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has ruled out selling 30-year-old Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam to Burnley. (Burnley Express)

Right-back James Tavernier has joined striker Martyn Waghorn in expressing a desire to remain with Rangers for the long term despite the former Wigan Athletic team-mates having turned down initial offers of contract extensions. (The Scotsman)

Rangers made a £20m offer to sign Ronaldo, the former Brazil forward, when he was aged 20 in 1997 and unhappy with his deal with the Spanish club - and he would only be required to play European football. (The Herald)

Jacob Blyth, the striker who made his competitive debut for Motherwell in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Rangers, has predicted that Joe Dodoo, his former Leicester City team-mate, will flourish at Ibrox should the 21-year-old complete his move to the Glasgow club. (The Herald)

Burton Albion's Jackson Irvine and Stoke City's Charlie Adam
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has been linked with Burnley

New Motherwell signing Jacob Blyth believes Rangers are at the same level as a top English League One side, his new club having been beaten 2-0 by the Ibrox outfit in the League Cup on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Right-back James Tavernier thinks Rangers are ready to challenge Celtic for the Scottish title this season. (Daily Express, print edition)

Kristoffer Ajer, who signed for Celtic this summer from Start as a midfielder, says he is happy to play in the heart of the defence if that is his way into Brendan Rodgers' starting line-up after impressing in that role in Saturday's friendly against Wolfsburg. (The National)

Stuart Findlay has set his sights on winning a place in Rafa Benitez's first team at Newcastle United after the 20-year-old central defender signed for the English Championship club following his summer release by Celtic. (Daily Record)

Ronaldo in action for Barcelona
Ronaldo's agent says Rangers made an approach for the Barcelona striker

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has revealed that manager Brendan Rodgers opted for an arm round the shoulder rather than the hairdryer treatment after his side's 1-0 defeat by part-timers Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. (The Herald)

Ronny Deila, who stood down as Celtic manager this summer, will start his new job as Valerenga boss today even though he will not be paid until October as he attempts to steer his new club in his native Norway clear of relegation. (The Sun)

Dutchman Nick van der Velden, the 34-year old former Willem II, AZ and Dordrecht forward, arrived in Scotland on Sunday to sign a one-year deal with Dundee United and claimed that he had rejected an offer from Premiership outfit Kilmarnock to join the relegated club. (Daily Record)

Ivory Coast striker Souleymane Coulibaly believes that he and Josh Magennis can transform Kilmarnock into a top-six Premiership side in the new season after scoring on his debut in a 2-1 League Cup win over Clyde. (The Scotsman)

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