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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers' Joey Barton could be in more trouble with Ibrox bosses, who have been left angered that they had no knowledge of an appearance on the Talk Sport radio station where the 34-year-old midfielder said "I don't believe I've done anything to apologise for" after being banned from the club's training ground. (Daily Record)

English midfielder Joey Barton appears to have exacerbated his position at Rangers after describing his training-ground ban as "strange" in an interview with Talk Sport. (The Herald)

Joey Barton has hinted that his Rangers career could be over following his bitter bust-up with fellow midfielder Andy Halliday at training, saying it has made him "re-evaluate" his position at the Scottish Premiership club. (The Sun, print edition)

Midfielder Joey Barton insists he remains fully committed to Rangers despite being banished from the club's training ground. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Lee Croft, a former team-mate of Joey Barton's at Manchester City, says the Rangers midfielder used to give Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole a piece of his mind in the dressing-room when he was only 20.(Daily Record)

Joey Barton shakes hands with Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Joey Barton and Rangers manager Mark Warburton are at loggerheads

As Police Scotland launched an investigation into last Saturday's Old Firm fixture, the Scottish Government has said fan behaviour during the game at Celtic Park "could have led to public disorder" and described the hanging of effigies, one depicting a Rangers fan, as "inappropriate behaviour".(The Herald)

Hibernian have controversially turned to Scottish Professional Football League lawyer Rod McKenzie to lead their fight against Scottish FA charges over damage to the Hampden Park pitch, goalposts and advertising boards as the club's supporters celebrated winning the Scottish Cup last season. (Daily Record, print edition)

Football fan Struan Balfour has been fined £500 for running on to the pitch to celebrate after his friend, the then Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Miles Storey, scored against derby rivals Ross County in March. (Press & Journal)

SNP MSP James Dornan has vowed to prepare a private bill for the Scottish Parliament that would require Scotland's senior football clubs to be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters based on models used by the sport's European and English governing bodies. (The Herald)

Responding to criticism from former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane of the strength of his players' celebrations in qualifying for the Champions League group stage, manager Brendan Rodgers has said it was only natural considering they had come through six hard qualifying games.(The Scotsman)

Brendan Rodgers has told critic Roy Keane that his Celtic team celebrated reaching the group stage of the Champions League in the same way that the Republic of Ireland assistant manager's players marked qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals.(Daily Record)

Germany's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, says "soccer dwarves" like Celtic, Legia Warsaw and Rostov, who all suffered heavy defeats this week, should not be allowed in the Champions League. (The Sun, print edition)

Hapoel Be'er Sheva coach Barak Bakhar has said Celtic were more difficult opponents in Champions League qualifying than Inter Milan, who the Israeli side defeated in the Europa League on Thursday. (Daily Record, print edition)

Roy Keane and Brendan Rodgers
Roy Keane and Brendan Rodgers have also had a difference of opinion

Midfielder Josh Windass, who joined Rangers from Accrington Stanley this summer, says that, despite their 5-1 defeat by Celtic last Saturday, he enjoyed the experience so much he cannot wait to play in another Old Firm derby. (The Scotsman)

Hibernian midfielder Marvin Bartley has taken so many ear-bashings from manager Neil Lennon it feels like he is back home with his mum.(Daily Record)

Steven Anderson says fellow St Johnstone defender Dave Mackay, who has retired with a hip injury, was the best uncapped player in Scotland and is a natural to go into football management.(The Courier)

St Mirren's poor start to the season - they sit bottom of the Scottish Championship - has brought their players closer together than ever behind manager Alex Rae, according to midfielder Stevie Mallan.(The Herald)

Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass says he and his Hull City team-mates were "hung out to dry" by the club's failure to sign players over the summer. (The Guardian)

Manager David Moyes has questioned whether Sunderland have enjoyed "correct leadership and direction" at boardroom level in recent seasons.(Newcastle Chronicle)

OTHER GOSSIP

Ten Scottish golfers - seven more than 12 months ago - progressed from stage one of the European Tour Qualifying School at The Roxburghe, near Kelso. (The Scotsman, print edition)

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