Scottish Gossip: James McCarthy, Celtic, Lee Clark, Philippe Senderos

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will step up his efforts to sign "unsettled" Everton midfielder James McCarthy, who is also of interest to Newcastle, Sunderland, Watford, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. (Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton argues that it is "a positive" for Scottish football that Celtic have reached the Champions League group stage. Each Premiership club will get a "£250,000 Uefa bonus" off the back of Celtic's achievement. (National, Daily Express)

Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning hopes the windfall might persuade his club's board to bring in another player to New Douglas Park. (Daily Express, Sun)

Warburton believes the former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, 31, could commit his future to Rangers, allowing him to play against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Friday. (Various)

James McCarthy
At 25, James McCarthy has already played more than 300 league games for Hamilton, Wigan and Everton

Killie manager Lee Clark admits it is a gamble signing 15 players in the last two months, some of whom have no first-team experience. (Daily Mail, Daily Record)

Former Rangers winger Chris Burke, 32, is a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest and has been training with Kilmarnock - but only to maintain his fitness. Lee Clark says the club could not match the offers he has been receiving elsewhere. (Times)

Mark Warburton admits he has not yet found the right combination to play in the first team. He says he is still "gelling in players, gelling in formations". (Various)

Brendan Rodgers pays "a particular thank you" to the previous Celtic manager, Ronny Deila, pointing out that were it not for the Norwegian guiding Celtic to the Premiership title, they wouldn't now be in the Champions League. (Various)

Rodgers promises that his team is not in the Champions League to simply make up the numbers - he wants Celtic to reach the knockout stages. (Various)

Yaya and Kolo Toure
Brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure have never played against one another in the Champions League

Celtic defender Kolo Toure hopes that he can line up against his younger brother Yaya should the Scottish side be drawn in the same Champions League group as Manchester City. (Various)

The £30m that Celtic are in line to earn from the participation in Europe's premier competition accounts for "almost half of their annual revenue". (Times)

French striker Moussa Dembele feels that Celtic being in the Champions League draw shows that he made the right career move by signing for Brendan Rodgers' side. (Sun)

Hapoel Beer Sheva's Maharan Radi, whose penalty kick was saved by Craig Gordon in the Israelis' 2-0 win, says that losing 5-4 on aggregate to a team with four times the size of budget means they can hold their heads high. (Sun)

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton is delighted to be in the same Scotland squad for the away game against Malta as his inspiration and mentor, Craig Gordon. The Celtic goalie, says Hamilton, is the first to send him a text to "congratulate him on something". (Times)

Oliver Burke
Oliver Burke played for Scotland against Denmark at Hampden in March - is he on his way to England's north-east

Sunderland manager David Moyes has approached Nottingham Forest about signing £8m-rated Scottish winger Oliver Burke. (Sun)

It's hard to argue with the logic of Hearts defender John Souttar when he says "the gaffer is the gaffer". He describes as "laughable" claims made by pundit Michael Stewart and former Hearts favourite Gary Mackay that the club's director of football, Craig Levein, is pulling the strings at Tynecastle, and not head coach Robbie Neilson. (Sun)

After scoring two goals on his Swansea City debut against Peterborough United in the League Cup on Tuesday, Scotland Under-21 striker Ollie McBurnie could be in line to face Premiership champions Leicester at the weekend. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen striker Miles Storey says confidence is high in the Dons' dressing room ahead of their game against Celtic in Glasgow on Saturday and that they won't be intimidated by the hosts' range of attackers. (Daily Record)

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has expressed his interest in signing Jordan Rhodes, who is "frozen out" at Middlesbrough seven months after his £11m move. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Cyclist Craig MacLean has been named as part of the Great Britain team for the Paralympics in Rio. The 45-year-old from Grantown-on-Spey will pilot James Ball in road and track events. (Herald)

Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish age-group teams could tour Japan in the coming years after Scottish Rugby signed a strategic alliance with the city of Nagasaki. Japan hosts the 2019 World Cup. (Herald)

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