Scottish Gossip: Callum McGregor, John McGinn, Pedro Caixinha, Aberdeen

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Callum McGregor, who scored twice as Celtic drew 2-2 with Hibernian to preserve their unbeaten domestic run, has been called into the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifying double header with Slovakia and Slovenia. (Sunday Mail)

Hibs' John McGinn, who also scored a double in the match at Celtic Park, says he is ready to replicate that form for Gordon Strachan's Scots this week. (Sunday Mail)

Scotland manager Strachan has praised the improvement in striker Leigh Griffiths. (Herald)

Callum McGregor
Callum McGregor was the Celtic hero in their draw with Hibernian

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon reckons McGinn and McGregor are ready to shine for Scotland if selected. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Hibernian provided his side's "toughest" domestic test, but felt his team were denied a penalty late in the game that could have handed them victory. (Sunday Mail)

And Rodgers believes his Celtic side do not get the credit they deserve, insisting pundits too often focus on others teams' flaws. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham says the players showed their support for manager Pedro Caixinha in their goal celebrations at Hamilton on Friday, but the Englishman says the boss does not need hugs as "he's a strong character". (Sunday Mail)

Rangers are taking legal advice after Benfica pulled out of a friendly match in Canada. (Herald)

Caixinha believes Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena is more heavily scrutinised than Scottish players. (Sunday Mail)

Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch hammered his side's "embarrassing" display in the 2-0 home defeat by Ross County, insisting fans were right to be angry. (Sunday Mail)

Adam Rooney
Adam Rooney hit a treble as Aberdeen swept St Johnstone aside

Adam Rooney scored a hat trick as Aberdeen beat St Johnstone and moved level on points with Premiership leaders Celtic, then warned the champions that the Dons are going to get much better. (Sunday Mail)

Former Rangers youth player Billy Gilmour has scored his third goal in as many games for Chelsea Under-18s following his summer switch to the London giants. (Scottish Sun)

England manager Gareth Southgate says Celtic's Scott Sinclair is "just below the level we have already got" as he dashed the wingers hopes of a call-up. (Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scot Richie Ramsay hopes to still be in the mix in the back nine after shooting a 65 to put himself in contention at the British Masters. (Sunday Mail)

Ricky Burns
Ricky Burns has been urged to retire after his fight with Anthony Crolla

Manager Alex Morrison says Ricky Burns has to beat Anthony Crolla or he can forget about once again lifting a world title. (Sunday Mail)

Scottish legend Ken Buchanan has urged Burns to make the Crolla fight his last. (Herald)

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