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Dermot Desmond questions whether a reporter is a Rangers fan after Paradise Papers confrontation, Anthony Stokes will avoid a ban for striking Jack Hendry of Dundee, and Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been named in a top 100 list of teenage footballers.

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Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. Picture: SNS

Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. Picture: SNS

Desmond: are you a Rangers fan?

Dermot Desmond, Celtic’s largest individual shareholder, asked an investigative reporter if he was a Rangers supporter after the journalist confronted him before Celtic’s match with Bayern Munich. The question started a letter sent by Desmond after he was asked about reports the businessman’s company had been using a offshore tax haven. (Various)

Stokes to avoid punishment

Anthony Stokes will avoid retrospective punishment for striking Dundee defender Jack Hendry in the groin. Compliance officer Tony McGlennan has studied the incident but can’t take any further action under the rules because referee John Beaton booked Stokes at the time. (Daily Record)

- Paul Paton will face no further action for an alleged elbow on Celtic captain Scott Brown. (Daily Record)

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Celtic striker makes top 100 list

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been named in FourFourTwo’s list of the top 100 teenage footballers in the world. The PSG loanee came 91st in the list and is the only Scottish-based player named to this point, though only numbers 100 to 81 have been revealed thus far. (Daily Record)

Mackay admits squad issues

Interim Scotland boss Malky Mackay admits the squad is severely lacking in both centre-backs and strikers as they prepare to face the Netherlands in an international friendly on Thursday. Mackay is set to start left-back Kieran Tierney in the centre of defence and winger Matt Phillips in attack. (Scottish Sun)

McLean tells fans: Don’t boo Jack

Kenny McLean has pleaded with Aberdeen fans not to boo Ryan Jack when he makes his Pittodrie return with Scotland on Thursday. The midfielder became public enemy No.1 in the North East after leaving the Dons on a free transfer to sign for Rangers this past summer. (Scottish Sun)

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McInnes felt like Santa

Derek McInnes says he felt like Father Christmas after being able to tell Graeme Shinnie that he’d finally been recalled to the Scotland squad. The Aberdeen midfielder could earn his first cap for the national team at his home ground this coming Thursday. (Scottish Sun)

Fraser looking to repay faith

Gary Fraser is hoping to repay faith shown in him by Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald after finally declaring himself fit to play again. The midfielder was handed a new short-term deal in the summer despite not featuring for the club since April 2016 due to injury. (The Herald)

Hibs should be top

Neil Lennon has insisted Hibs are exceeding expectations – but he still believes they should be sitting top of the Premiership table going into the latest international break. The Easter Road outfit extended their winning run to four games on the trot – their best record in the top flight since early 2011 – with a 2-1 victory over Dundee to close in to two points behind second placed Aberdeen. (Evening News)

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