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Noel Gallagher jokes with Celtic fans during Glasgow gig

“What about that Champions League draw, eh?” smirked Noel Gallagher, in an attempt to add some of the old Oasis frisson to this outdoor Glasgow Summer Sessions show.

Oliver Burke, left, has joined recently promoted Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig. Picture: Getty

Oliver Burke ‘becomes most expensive ever Scots footballer’

Scottish international Oliver Burke has signed a five-year contract with Bundesliga new boys Red Bull Leipzig.

Everton's James McCarthy has been linked to Celtic. Picture: Greg Macvean

Rumour Mill: James McCarthy and Andre Wisdom linked to Celtic | Bayern Munich targets Oliver Burke

James McCarthy has been linked to Celtic move after being sighted in Glasgow; Andre Wisdom has again been linked with Celtic; Bayern Munich leads the bids for Scotland international Oliver Burke; plus more news and gossip in Sunday’s Rumour Mill

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Hibs' Jason Cummings and Hearts' Sam Nicholson will line up together this week for Scotland Under-21s. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Sam Nicholson tips Jason Cummings to play at a higher level

They might now be associated with different sides of the same city but Sam Nicholson and Jason Cummings were once very much in the same team.

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The way we were: Paul Sturrock walks out of Dens Park, chatting to the fans  no headphones or mobile phone to hide behind

Aidan Smith: Scottish football hasn’t been parochial enough

MoJo swearing Celtic were the club for him when surely his ridiculous Christmas jumper – this was the middle of July – told you something was up. Souey all in white and walking into the European Cup-winners’ party like he was walking on to a yacht. Wee Jum on such a bonnie Dundee evening spontaneously combusting in the Tannadice dugout. Such vivid imagery can only mean one thing: we’re investigating what’s wrong with our football again.

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Craig Gordon warms up for yesterdays game against Aberdeen at Celtic Park where he found himself relegated to the bench, with Dorus de Vries preferred in goal.  
Photograph: Craig Foy/SNS

Brendan Rodgers confident Craig Gordon can adapt

There are few obvious parallels between Celtic and the Manchester City side that Brendan Rodgers’ men have drawn in the Champions League. There might be one similarity that causes Craig Gordon great angst, though. A group of biting reality for Celtic has resulted in them being dismissed as also-rans through facing Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach and City. The section might have a piquancy for the Celtic keeper when he considers the summer headlines at the Etihad.

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Darren Fletcher has put his illness behind him and is raring to go at the heart of the Scotland team.
Picture: SNS Group/Craig Williamson

Scotland boss Strachan: we all look up to Darren Fletcher

Scotland may have lost a captain with Scott Brown’s decision to step away from international football, but they have not lost the captain.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths went off during the second half against Aberdeen and has been troubled by a hamstring problem. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Scotland injury concern over Leigh Griffiths

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths will liaise with the Scotland medical team to assess whether he is fit enough to travel with the squad to Malta for next Sunday’s opening World Cup qualifier after revealing last night he been nursing an injury problem for the past fortnight.

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Celtic's Craig Gordon was dropped to the bench for the Aberdeen game. Picture: SNS

Brendan Rodgers axes Craig Gordon then calls him ‘fantastic’

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers would not be drawn on whether Dorus de Vries was now the club’s No.1 goalkeeper after leaving Craig Gordon on the bench yesterday for the 4-1 victory over Aberdeen in order to accommodate a man he says better understands how he wants his Celtic team to play.

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Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring for Hull City

Gordon Strachan happy with his new faces

Appearances can be deceptive. Scotland’s squad to set off on a qualifying campaign it is hoped can avoid the unhappy ending of the previous nine has a familiar look. All too familiar, with so many of the squad scarred by failure to end the country’s two-decade long exile from the grandest stages.

Danny Rose fired the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane Picture: Tim Ireland/AP

English round-up: Danny Rose denies Reds

Tottenham rescued a point from their Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool when Danny Rose fired the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

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Motherwell defender Stephen McManus rises above Dundee's Mark O'Hara

Motherwell 0 - 0 Dundee: Visitors are denied

Motherwell midfielder Chris Cadden, one of the few performers to enhance his reputation in this dismal draw, should learn today that he will be drafted into the Scotland under-21 squad for next week’s matches against Macedonia and Ukraine.

Inverness 2 - 1 St Johnstone: Meekings grabs late winner

Inverness 2 - 1 St Johnstone: Meekings grabs late winner

As ever, it seems, obituaries were being written prematurely on Inverness Caley Thistle’s season, not to mention Richie Foran’s managerial prospects. Saturday felt like business-as-usual for the Highland hosts.

Derek Lyle scored his 100th goal.

Dunfermline 0 - 1 Queen of the South: Fifers left unhappy

A survey this week found people in Fife are the happiest in Scotland. Had the poll been repeated in Dunfermline in the wake of this narrow defeat, however, the findings would have been markedly different.

Lee Miller celebrates scoring Falkirk's winner. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk 1 - 0 Dumbarton: Persistence pays for Bairns

It was a case of sheer persistence overcoming dogged resistance as an 86th-minute goal from substitute Lee Miller gave Falkirk their keenly awaited first victory of the campaign after what had threatened to be another frustrating afternoon for Peter Houston’s side. Dumbarton just ran out of legs after previously repelling everything the Bairns had thrown at them, but on pressure, possession and chances created the final outcome could hardly be quibbled about, cruel though it was on the part-timers.

Dundee Uniteds Scott Fraser, right, shrugs off Raith Rovers defender Kevin McHattie.

Dundee United 2 - 2 Raith Rovers: Locke change key to draw

The Gary Locke renaissance at Raith Rovers – the Lockiessance, if you like – continued to gather pace despite the club losing their 100 per cent record and dropping from the top of the table at the conclusion of this come-from-behind draw at Tannadice.

Berwick Rangers came from behind to beat Edinburgh City at Meadowbank.

League 2 round-up: Forfar show their mettle

League Two leaders Forfar Athletic twice came from behind to earn a 3-2 victory over Elgin City at Station Park, keeping intact their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

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Ayr Utd 1 - 1 St Mirren: Saints leave it late

Ayr Utd 1 - 1 St Mirren: Saints leave it late

Tom Walsh headed a late equaliser to spare St Mirren the ignominy of dropping to the bottom of the league.

Hamilton 1 - 0 Ross County: Imrie has last laugh

Hamilton 1 - 0 Ross County: Imrie has last laugh

Dougie Imrie had the perfect response to mocking from the home supporters by securing a first league win of the season for Hamilton which takes them into the top six.

Jordan Kirkpatrick opened the scoring for Alloa

League 1 round up: Alloa on a high as they rout Rovers

Alloa Athletic kept their 100 per cent record with a strong second-half display to see off Albion Rovers 4-0.

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