Scottish Gossip: Philippe Senderos, Tony Watt, Celtic, Aberdeen, Inverness CT

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Philippe Senderos says he could not care less if he was not Rangers' first choice as they searched for a central defender this summer. The Swiss defender signed a one-year deal at Ibrox but only after a move for Joleon Lescott fell through. (The Herald)

Tony Watt is a shock contender to lead Scotland's attack for the World Cup qualifier against Malta after after heart-to-heart talks with Scotland assistant Mark McGhee over the summer convinced the management team the striker's bad attitude and sloppy habits are a thing of the past. (Daily Express)

McGhee believes Watt is set to fulfil his enormous potential and can play a part in Scotland's bid to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (The Herald)

Former Scotland striker Frank McAvennie fails to understand why £12m Aston Villa man Ross McCormack continues to be overlooked for the national squad by Gordon Strachan. (The Times)

Russell Martin wants Scotland to use the hurt felt from failure to qualify for Euro 2016 to inspire the team to World Cup qualification. (The Scotsman)

Jozo Simunovic insists he's 100% committed to Celtic following the collapse of his move to Torino, and wants to force his way into Brendan Rodgers' first team. (Daily Star)

Erik Sviatchenko believes Celtic have emerged from the transfer window with a stronger squad than they started with, despite failing with deadline day moves for James McCarthy and James Morrison. (Daily Mail)

Philippe Senderos
Philippe Senderos has signed on at Rangers until the end of the season

Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill says Brendan Rodgers will enjoy every minute of the "glorious intensity" that comes with being Parkhead boss, insisting that it is "a mighty job". (The Herald)

Aberdeen have denied trying to wind up Rangers after the club's website listed no previous meetings between the clubs. The website lists the Dons' previous results against every Premiership side other than Rangers, but the club say this is because their records only go back to 2014, and is not a "new club" jibe at their rivals' expense. (Scottish Sun)

James Maddison has vowed the get the Aberdeen fans off their seats after joining on loan from Norwich City on deadline day. (The National)

Larnell Cole kicked off his career alongside Paul Pogba at Manchester United but is now looking to excite Inverness CT fans after joining the Highlanders on loan from Fulham. (Daily Express)

Ray McKinnon has revealed that Tony Andreu turned down five other clubs to sign a loan deal with Dundee United. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Russell Knox could still make the European Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine this month as Open champion Henrik Stenson is an injury concern. (Daily Express)

Andy Murray insists he has no fears over security at the US Open, despite a potentially dangerous breach when a fan jumped a wall to get on court. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland international Jim Hay fears an amateur player could be killed during a match unless Scottish Rugby chiefs ban giant pros from the amateur scene. (Daily Express)

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