Rumour Mill: Brown to make Scotland return | Barton nears Rangers exit | Celtic '˜a hard club to leave'

Scott Brown could be set to make a shock return to the Scotland squad, Joey Barton nears the exit door at Ibrox after Rangers suspended the midfielder indefinitely, and Brendan Rodgers backed the likes of Moussa Dembele to remain at Celtic.

Scott Brown is considering a surprising return to the Scotland squad. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Brown to make Scots return

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Scott Brown could be about to make a sensational return to the Scotland squad ahead of next month’s crunch World Cup qualifier with England at Wembley.

The Celtic midfielder announced his international retirement earlier this summer, citing strenuous demands of playing for both club and country.

However, it is now understood the 31-year-old is in discussions with boss Gordon Strachan about a potential comeback and may be named in the squad to face England, which will be announced next week. (Daily Record)

Barton nears Rangers exit

Joey Barton’s Rangers career is all but over after the club decided to extend the midfielder’s ban indefinitely following a disciplinary meeting between both parties yesterday.

Barton was initially suspended by the club six weeks ago for a training ground row with manager Mark Warburton.

It is understood that Rangers will not sack their controversial player, with a January move back down south being touted as the most likely scenario to occur. (Evening Times)

Rodgers backs Dembele to stay

Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic should be able to hold on to the likes of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, insisting the club is “very, very hard to leave”.

The Ladbrokes Premiership league leaders are unbeaten in domestic competition, including reaching the Betfred Cup final, and qualified for the Champions League group stage.

It’s led to a number of players being linked with big clubs in England and on the continent. And while Rodgers admits a hefty wage packet would tempt any star, the club are doing their best to make Parkhead and Lennoxtown an enjoyable environment for players to earn their living. (Daily Mail)

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