Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Scott Sinclair, Scott McDonald, Rangers, Tony Watt, Hearts

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of tying up a deal for Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair before Thursday's midnight deadline, but Villa are demanding £6m for the former Manchester City man. (Daily Mail)

Rodgers is confident of signing a centre-half in the next 48 hours which would ensure they were eligible to play in next week's Champions League qualifiers, assuming his team get past Lincoln Red Imps. (The Herald)

The former Liverpool manager has defended the pace of Celtic's recruitment strategy, insisting he will not be rushed into revamping the squad he has inherited at the Scottish champions. (The Scotsman)

Hull City are set to beat Celtic to the signing of Reading and Wales defender Chris Gunter. Celtic were first alerted to the defender's availability due to his release clause of just £1.1m - a figure less than what Reading paid for him in 2012, believed to be around £2.5m. (The Sun)

Tony Watt
Tony Watt shot to fame by scoring Celtic's winning goal against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2012

Leigh Griffiths says the criticism Celtic received in the wake of their humiliating loss to Lincoln Red Imps was not over the top. (The Times)

Stefan Johansen's Norway team-mate Martin Linnes has urged the midfielder to quit Celtic and join Galatasaray. (Scottish Sun)

Scott McDonald is poised to quit Motherwell just two weeks after committing to another season at Fir Park. The Australian striker is in talks with Sydney FC over a return to his homeland. (Daily Mail)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is interested in making a move for former Celtic striker Tony Watt. The Jambos are ready to bring the Charlton frontman back to Scotland on a one-year loan deal. (The National)

Discussions between Watt and Hearts have not yet reached an advanced stage, with Alan Stubbs interested in taking the 22-year-old to Rotherham United. (The Herald)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton declared the club is "in a good place" after a day which saw them complete the signing of Joe Dodoo from Leicester City before beating Annan 2-0 in the League Cup. (The Scotsman)

Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald scored 14 goals for Motherwell last season

Warburton believes the capture of Dodoo sends a powerful message to Rangers' Premiership rivals. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen have been warned their Europa League tie in Latvia on Thursday is far from over, as opponents Ventspils reckon Scottish teams cannot play away from home. (The Herald)

Brondby defender Benedikt Rocker has warned Hibernian that the Danes aim to maintain their hot streak in Thursday's Europa League qualifying second-leg after racking up an aggregate score of 15-0 in their last four fixtures. (The Times)

Motherwell striker Craig Moore has rejoined Ayr on a season-long loan. Moore signed a new one-year deal at Fir Park after helping Ayr win promotion to the Championship but will spend this season at Somerset Park. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Christine Ohuruogu has tipped Scotland's Eilidh Doyle to propel the British 4x400 relay team to glory at the Olympic Games in Rio next month. (Scottish Sun)

Mark Bennett has revealed the memories of playing for Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games two years ago spurred him on to make the Team GB rugby sevens squad for the Rio Olympics this summer. (The Herald)

Scotland rugby league head coach Steve McCormack has welcomed the challenge after his side were placed in the group of death at the 2017 World Cup. The Scots are in Pool B alongside co-hosts New Zealand and Pacific rivals Tonga and Samoa. (The National)

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