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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic failed in a dramatic 11th hour bid to sign Scotland international midfielder James Morrison on a one-year loan deal from West Brom. (Daily Record)

Raging Jozo Simunovic accused Torino of inventing a knee injury as an excuse to pull the plug on a £3.5m move from Celtic. Sources within the club claim that the player's medical flagged up an issue, and the Scottish champions refused when Torino attempted to downgrade the deal from a permanent transfer to a one-year loan. (Daily Record)

Rangers new boy Philippe Senderos is on a mission to topple Celtic as champions, having turned down offers from the continent to move to Ibrox. (Daily Express)

The Swiss defender, 31, has sets his sights on an Old Firm debut on 10 September. (The Times)

Rangers directors revealed in a statement they are "shocked" and "share the incredulity and anger" of their supporters at the charges issued by the SFA following the Scottish Cup final in May. (The Herald)

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee shot down talk of a fall-out with axed striker Ross McCormack. The £12m Aston Villa man was overlooked by Gordon Strachan for Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Malta. (Scottish Sun)

Jozo Simunovic
Jozo Simunovic saw his move from Torino to Celtic collapse late on deadline day

McGhee has advised McCormack to bide his time as he waits for a chance to prove himself for the national team. (The Scotsman)

Oliver Burke should have been targeted by one of the major English Premier League clubs before signing his Scottish record £13m deal with German side Red Bull Leipzig, according to McGhee. (The Times)

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan gave Ikechi Anya and Chris Martin special permission to seal late deadline day deals. Anya joined Derby from Watford in a £4m deal, while Martin left County to sign a season-long loan deal with Fulham. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says Europe could change their selection rules if Russell Knox wins the FedEx Cup, allowing the option to pick one last-minute form player in future. (Daily Record)

Knox believes not being part of the European Tour old pals network counted against him in the race for the Ryder Cup wildcards. (Daily Mail)

Edinburgh prop Rory Sutherland believes complacency was behind their late season collapse to a poor ninth place Pro12 finish, but is confident lessons have been learned and a top-four finish is possible this term. (The Scotsman)

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