Rumour Mill: Celtic close in on Toure deal| Hearts’ Johnsen signing row| Rodgers interested in Turkish defender Kaldirim

Kolo Toure spotted in Glasgow today, signing row erupts between Hearts and CSKA Sofia, Celtic eye up Fenerbache defender and Rangers players told they must be more ruthless.

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New signing Remi Matthews moved up from Norwich. Picture: SNS

Old Firm exposure a big reason behind Remi Matthews switch

New Hamilton keeper Remi Matthews is looking forward to the increased exposure that comes with playing against the Old Firm.

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Shakhter Karagandy's former boss reckons Celtic will lose to Astana. Picture: Robert Perry

Rumour Mill: Celtic ‘will lose to Astana’ | Euro agony for Hibs | Ambrose nears exit | Tavernier extends deal

Ex-Karagandy boss reckons Celtic will lose to Astana; Hibs edged out on penalties in Copenhagen; Efe Ambrose close to Celtic exit and James Tavernier extends his Rangers contract

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Jock Stein, left, with Bobby Murdoch and the European Cup. Picture: AP

The Old Firm story: Jock Stein becomes Celtic’s saviour

Jock Stein’s ability to wrest control from an interfering chairman laid the foundations for a golden era at Parkhead, writes Andrew Smith

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Rangers' Joey Barton. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Brendan Rodgers vow | Joey Barton ‘will raise standards’ | Tony Watt to Hearts

BRENDAN Rodgers says Celtic are ready for their next European test after dispatching Lincoln Red Imps; Rangers’ return to the top flight of Scottish football will return “showbusiness” to the game; Joey Barton will raise standards at Ibrox, says Matt Gilks; plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip

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SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster speaks to the media outside Hampden Park after yesterdays annual general meeting. Picture: SNS

Scottish game ‘will be damaged if UCL path is made harder’

The Scottish football future that Neil Doncaster sought to present yesterday was so bright the SPFL chief executive really should have donned shades. No doubt repeating to the press the spiel he had told the governing body’s agm 
earlier, Doncaster related how revenues for the 42 senior clubs had risen 20 per cent in the past three years.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton chats to the press. Picture: Rangers FC via Press Association

Mark Warburton’s player hunt hit by sky-high English prices

Mark Warburton feels that Rangers’ chances of landing a central defender have been considerably diminished because the English market has become ludicrously inflated.

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The Hearts owner was elected to the SPFL board earlier today. Picture: Toby Williams

Ann Budge: SPFL must look at improving attendances

Ann Budge believes improved communication is the key to modernising Scottish football and attracting fans back to the game in increasing numbers.

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Hibs chief Leeann Dempster will serve alongside Hearts owner Ann Budge on the SPFL board. Picture: John Devlin

Ann Budge and Leeann Dempster join ‘progressive’ SPFL board

Neil Doncaster has welcomed the creation of a “progressive” SPFL board with the election of Hearts owner Ann Budge and Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster at yesterday’s Hampden agm of the governing body, attended by all 42 senior clubs.

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The Hearts players train ahead of their Europa League qualifier against Birkirkara. Picture: SNS

Robbie Neilson wants Hearts to be patient in Europa League

Robbie Neilson has described the chaotic scenes at half-time against FC Infonet to illustrate the point European football demands a different standard of concentration.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, right, is concerned over his defensive options. Picture: SNS.

Brendan Rodgers admits Celtic defence is a worry

Brendan Rodgers has defended the pace of Celtic’s summer recruitment strategy, insisting he will not be rushed into revamping the squad he has inherited at the Scottish champions.

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Tony Watt: On his way to Hearts? Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Tony Watt to Hearts? | Siri ‘trolls’ Rangers | Trio on Celtic radar | McDonald to quit ‘Well

Tony Watt set for Hearts loan deal; Apple’s personal assistant ‘trolls’ Rangers fans; Celtic closing in on Scott Sinclair as Shane Duffy and Jerry St Juste still linked and Scott McDonald set to quit Motherwell

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Tony Watt in action for Cardiff City. Picture: Getty Images

Hearts set to sign Tony Watt on loan - reports

Charlton Athletic striker Tony Watt is set to join Hearts on loan, according to reports.

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Chris Gunter in action for Wales against Northern Ireland. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic to miss out on Gunter | Warburton slams ‘local loans’ | Fyvie out of Brondby clash

Hull set to beat Celtic to signing of Wales international; Rangers boss hits out at ‘local loans’ system and Hibs ace ruled out of Brondby clash

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Ronaldo was close to a move to Rangers, according to his agent. Picture: Complimentary

Rumour Mill: Ronaldo ‘nearly joined Rangers’ | Forrest to Blackburn? | Rangers set to miss out on Mariappa

Brazil legend Ronaldo ‘nearly joined Rangers’; James Forrest on Blackburn’s radar and Mark Warburton all but gives up on signing Adrian Mariappa

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Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates scoring a goal late in the second half with Rob Kiernan  against Motherwell. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic in for Scott Sinclair | Rangers’ Martyn Waghorn wants to stay | Scott Brown backed

CELTIC have renewed their interest in Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair; Martyn Waghorn wants to stay at Rangers despite knocking back a contract extension; Scott Brown praised by Brendan Rodgers after Wolfsburg friendly win; plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip

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Alex Harris, right, went on loan to Dundee and Queen of the South. Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Hibs’ Alex Harris boosted by backing of manager Neil Lennon

As an 18-year-old and in only his third start for Hibernian, Alex Harris grabbed a Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk by the scruff of the neck and inspired a memorable comeback.

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Manager Neil Lennon watches from the stand after being sent from the dugout on Thursday. Picture: SNS.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon focuses on positives after defeat

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon insists he has plenty to be positive about heading into Thursday’s second leg in Brondby.

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Kieran Tierney is confident Celtic will progress. Photograph: SNS.

Kieran Tierney not fazed by Celtic’s Champions League defeat

Brendan Rodgers undoubtedly had his own reasons for claiming, in his post-match interview, that the 1-0 defeat inflicted by the policemen, civil servants, labourers and shipping agents who play for Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of their second Champions League qualifying round on Tuesday was not an embarrassment for everyone connected with the club.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes (right) shakes hands with Adam Rooney. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes strikes it rich with goal threat

When Simon Church was brought in on loan from MK Dons as the January transfer window closed, it marked new thinking by Derek McInnes on how his Aberdeen side would increase their challenge to Celtic in last season’s Ladbrokes Premiership title race.

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