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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic's Champions League opponents Astana are gunning for Leigh Griffiths after posting a video clip on their official Twitter account which claims to show the striker punching one of their players. (Various)

Sneaky Astana have failed in a bid to get Leigh Griffiths slapped with a Champions League ban, with Uefa chiefs saying no further action will be taken against the Celtic striker. (Scottish Sun)

Astana's Igor Shitov confront Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths
Astana's Igor Shitov confronted Leigh Griffiths after an incident which saw the Celtic striker booked

Kilmarnock fear Lee Clark could quit just five months after taking over as boss. (Scottish Sun)

Lionel Messi hopes to give Celtic's creaky defence a 90-minute mauling tomorrow - to help sharpen them up for Champions League qualification. (Daily Record)

Hibs are keeping tabs on Ross County striker Brian Graham. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has rubbished claims he is on his way to Olympiacos. (Scottish Sun)

Kilmarnock are engulfed in civil war after directors called an Extraordinary General Meeting to oust former chairman Michael Johnston from the club board. (Scottish Daily Mail, print edition)

Lee Clark looks dejected after Kilmarnock's league cup defeat by Morton
Lee Clark has criticised his Kilmarnock players for "below par" performances in the League Cup

Hibs are set to solve their goalkeeping problem with Israeli international Ofir Marciano poised to sign on loan. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee managing director John Nelms has told fans to direct their ire at him rather than manager Paul Hartley or the club following the sale of Kane Hemmings. (The Courier)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon hopes to sign a new goalie within the next 48 hours amid links with former QPR ace Brian Murphy. (Daily Record, print edition)

Mark Warburton wants a rethink on the rebooted League Cup format which the Rangers manager claimed has been detrimental to his side's pre-season training plans. (The Herald)

Hearts are receiving guidance from the SFA as they bid to cut the red tape holding up the signing of Bjorn Johnsen. (Daily Record, print edition)

Caley Thistle midfielder Aaron Doran could make his return to action against Arbroath tomorrow after a year on the sidelines with a knee injury. (Press and Journal)

Rudi Skacel looks set to be denied his eagerly-awaited Raith debut this weekend because of red tape. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Hannah Miley insists she will prove all her doubters wrong at the Olympics. (Various)

The head of USA Rugby has admitted his organisation would be "very interested" in gettting an American franchise into the Guinnness Pro12. (The Scotsman)

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