Scottish Gossip: Dembele, Celtic, Scotland, Darren Fletcher, England at Wembley

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic will look for protection from world governing body Fifa if any clubs try to entice Karamoko Dembele away from the Scottish champions after the 13-year-old made a substitute appearance for the club's under-20 side earlier this week. (The Sun, print edition)

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon says Karamoko Dembele should be protected so that the 13-year-old does not suffer the same fate as Islam Feruz, the forward who suffered a dramatic rise and fall after also emerging from Celtic's youth ranks. (Daily Record)

Scotland Under-21 midfielder Ryan Gauld is poised to make his debut for Vitoria Setubal - three months after joining on loan from Sporting Lisbon - with coach Jose Couceiro saying he has not played the 20-year-old until now because other players have performed better. (The Sun, print edition)

National head coach Gordon Strachan says captain Darren Fletcher, who is poised to win his 75th cap against Lithuania, is already considered an all-time Scotland great by his team-mates. (Daily Express, print edition)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan says Darren Fletcher is an inspiration because he has no tattoos, doesn't go around wearing headphones, has no outrageous hairstyle or shoes and just wants to play football.(The Guardian)

Scotland's Darren Fletcher during training
Darren Fletcher is due to win his 75th Scotland cap against Lithuania

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher wants the fans to ensure Hampden is "rocking" for the visit of Lithuania as Scotland aim to make the National Stadium a "fortress" during their World Cup qualifying campaign. (The National)

Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan has suggested that opposition teams no longer fear playing at Hampden because the home side are no longer allowed to "kick lumps out of them".(The Herald)

Scotland fans have been handed 13,700 tickets for their World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next month - almost double the original allocation. (Daily Express, print edition)

Lithuania coach Edgaras Jankauskas believes stopping Scotland's flying full-backs could hold the key to avoiding defeat at Hampden for the first time, having lost on their previous four visits. (Daily Mail)

Gordon Strachan admits his Scotland team selections are taking longer than ever ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Lithuania because of the strength in certain areas, like left-back. (Press & Journal)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Catriona Matthew stands just three shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.(Press & Journal)

Ten bells rang out for Mike Towell at the boxing meeting at Glasgow's Hydro on Friday in tribute to the Dundee fighter who died last week. (The Herald)

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