Rumour Mill: Leigh Griffiths worth £15m | Neil Lennon ban | Dundee sign El Bakhtaoui

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Brendan Rodgers says Leigh Griffiths value is £15m, Neil Lennon has been hit with a five match ban and Dundee have signed Faissal El Bakhtaoui from Dunfermline.

£15m price tag for Leigh Griffiths

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has valued Leigh Griffiths at £15 million and believes Champions League opponents Astana are running scared of the striker ahead of tonight’s third qualifying round, second leg in Glasgow. (Scotsman)

Neil Lennon handed five match ban

Neil Lennon has been hit with a shock five-match ban by Uefa after being charged with “acts of violence against the referee”. UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has handed down the punishment in relation to his dismissal during Hibs’ 1-0 Europa League defeat by Brondby on July 14. (Scotsman)

Faissal El Bakhtaoui signs three-year deal with Dundee

Dundee have moved quickly to replace Kane Hemmings by signing former Dunfermline striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui. The Ladbrokes Premiership club announced the Frenchman had signed a three-year deal. (Scotsman)

Rodgers backs Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic manager Brendan Rogders says he has changed his opinion of club captain Scott Brown after admitting that he was not overly bowled over by the midfielder before joining the Parkhead club.

“When someone loves a team or a club so much as Scott does and puts everything into that club, he is normally the one who bears the brunt of it,” said Rodgers. “I saw that with Steven Gerrard. Everything Steven did at Liverpool, there were still times when he bore the brunt of it. But thankfully he has a strong character as does Scott.” (Scotsman)

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Celtic’s Scott Allan set for Rotherham loan move

Celtic midfielder Scott Allan is set to sign for Rotherham United on a season-long loan deal.

The move will see Allan reunited with his former Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs, who left Easter Road at the end of the season. (Various)

Maribor confident against Aberdeen

Maribor’s ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Rodrigo Defendi has branded Aberdeen long-ball merchants ahead of their Europa League showdown tomorrow.

Aberdeen will travel to Slovenia today faced with an uphill task to qualify for the play-off stages after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at Pittodrie last week in the third qualifying round. (Scotsman)

- The Slovenian club are in mourning after two young players were killed in a road accident.

Maribor confirmed that Damjan Marjanovic, 20, and 21-year-old Zoran Baljak had died. The pair played for Maribor’s B team

Ambrose backed by manager

Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his belief in Efe Ambrose, saying the Celtic defender can be a valuable player if he cuts out mistakes.

The Nigerian defender has made a number of errors in his time with the Parkhead club with the most recent against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup game in Dublin. (STV)

Kolo Toure set to make Celtic debut against Astana

Kolo Toure is set to make his Celtic debut against FC Astana in the Champions League on Wednesday night with manager Brendan Rodgers insisting a start for the 35-year-old would not be a gamble. (Scotsman)

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Alloa chairman Mike Mulraney is to replace Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell on the full Scottish Football Association board. Lawwell was last month appointed as a director of the Scottish Professional Football League

Dutch central defender Christian Supusepa has arrived at Tannadice for a trial, hoping to impress Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon

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