Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Manchester City, St Mirren, Rangers

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Speaking to TalkSport, Red Bull Leipzig winger Oliver Burke says it would be "a dream come true" if he could play for Scotland against England at Wembley in November. (Times)

Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Celtic Park, Manchester City's Brazilian star Fernandinho thinks Celtic are "an excellent team, especially when they play at home" and he dismisses the idea that the English side are favourites to win. (Various)

City's £48m defender John Stones expects "a great occasion" and, having watched Celtic's Champions League games on TV, cannot wait to play in Glasgow's east end. (Daily Record, Sun)

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is determined to show Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers that he is ready to start, with doubts existing over Dorus de Vries's form and fitness. (Sun, Herald)

If Manchester City beat Celtic they will emulate the Spurs side of 1960-61 by winning the first 11 matches of the season. (Daily Record)

Statues of Jock Stein and Jimmy Johnstone outside Celtic Park
Jimmy Johnstone's statue stands outside Celtic Park, along from that depicting Jock Stein

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of the game because of a hamstring injury. (Scotsman)

City's only other match in Scotland, which wasn't a friendly, was in the Texaco Cup in 1971 when they lost 2-0 to Airdrie. City were subsequently banned for two years from the competition for fielding a weakened team. One of only two City players to feature in both legs was Scotland defender Willie Donachie, who says his loyalties will be split on Wednesday because he was "brought up a Celtic fan" although all his school pals were Rangers supporters. (Times)

Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld believes that if winger Raheem Sterling is worth the £49m City paid Liverpool to sign him then his former team-mate Jimmy Johnstone would have been worth much more. (Various)

City's French defender Bacary Sagna, who played at Celtic Park with Arsenal in a 2-0 win for the Gunners in 2009, warns his team-mates that Celtic will be looking to avenge the 7-0 defeat by Barcelona and that they should be prepared for "a massive crowd, big atmosphere and quality players". (Daily Mail)

As former Aberdeen defender Alex McLeish prepares to be inducted into the AFC Hall of Fame, he jokes that "everyone knows it can be hard for a Weegie [Glaswegian] to win over the folk in Aberdeen" but he managed it. (Daily Record)

Gordan Petric
Gordan Petric is a surprise name being linked with the manager's job at St Mirren

Former Rangers and Hearts defender Gordan Petric, 47, is on a shortlist with Billy Davies and former St Mirren defenders Gus MacPherson and Jamie Fullarton for the managerial vacancy at the Buddies. Petric is currently in charge of Belgrade SuperLiga side FK Cukaricki. (Daily Record)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has ordered his players to undertake more shooting practice after failing to convert any of their chances in Saturday's game against Ross County. (Daily Record)

Jambos owner Ann Budge reveals that the club has over half the funding in place for the new £12m main stand at Tynecastle. (Daily Mail)

Rangers' league points tally of nine points under Mark Warburton is three fewer than that won by Paul le Guen when he was in charge at Ibrox in season 2006-07. (Daily Mail)

Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson urges Warburton to stick to his plan of playing the ball out from the back, keeping possession and playing "nice football" and is sure the goals will come. (Herald)

Graeme Souness hopes that Joey Barton can play again for Rangers, but only on manager Mark Warburton's terms. Souness thinks the younger players would benefit from Barton's experience. (National, Times)

Scot Gemmill names his first Scotland Under-21 squad on Tuesday
Scot Gemmill names his first Scotland Under-21 squad on Tuesday

New Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill will bring in a host of new players to his squad for the remaining Euro qualifiers against Iceland and Macedonia, replacing Jason Cummings, Ryan Christie, Ryan Gauld and Sam Nicholson, the more experienced players in the squad that failed to reach the finals under Ricky Sbragia. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Olympic track cycling champion Callum Skinner phoned the NHS doctors he had seen about his asthma to try to publish his own medical records as a way of proving that his "therapeutic use exemptions" for banned drugs he has used on two occasions were legitimate. (Scotsman)

Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie has been cited for dangerous play against Munster. He was shown a yellow card at Thomond Park following a shoulder charge on Jack O'Donoghue, who was knocked out by the blow. (Scotsman, National)

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