Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Dundee United, Aberdeen, Motherwell – BBC News

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Brendan Rodgers’ Parkhead pre-season got off to a bumpy start after Celtic’s flight set for Slovenia ended up in the wrong country – over the Croatian border in Zagreb. (Various)

Rangers are poised to make Northern Ireland right-back Lee Hodson their eighth summer signing upon his return from Euro 2016. (Scottish Daily Mail)

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Celtic arrived at Zagreb after Maribor airport was shut – then faced a two-hour journey to Slovenia

Former Norwich idol Grant Holt, 35, is close to being Neil Lennon’s first capture as Hibs boss. (Scottish Sun)

Lee Wallace is targeting the title after claiming Celtic have been playing catch-up on Rangers since Mark Warburton became boss. (Various)

Dundee United are set to land midfielder Willo Flood from Aberdeen – but not before Thursday night’s Europa League tie for the Dons. (Scottish Sun)

Motherwell have completed the signing of former Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill, who was released by Caley Thistle at the end of last season. (Various)

Dundee United are understood to be on the verge of signing Kilmarnock frontman Tope Obadeyi, while manager Ray McKinnon remains hopeful of getting central defender Lewis Toshney from Raith Rovers. (Courier)

Michael Johnston has warned angry fans he’s going nowhere despite suffering a vote of no confidence at the Kilmarnock Supporters Association’s AGM. (Various)

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Grant Holt had four successful years at Norwich but after a £2m move to Wigan, has been on loan at Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Wolves and Rochdale

Hibs striker Jason Cummings is set to go head-to-head in a pre-season game with his brother after Dean joined SPFL newcomers Edinburgh City. (Scottish Daily Mail, print edition)

Robbie Neilson expects Juwon Oshaniwa to stay at Hearts and fight for his starting place after the defender revealed he could leave for Turkey. (Herald, print edition)

Gary Locke would love to sign David Templeton for Raith Rovers but fears the freed Rangers winger won’t be fit for another month. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Ross County striker Liam Boyce says the birth of his first child quickly eased his disappointment at missing out on a place in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad. (Press and Journal)

St Johnstone expect club captain Dave Mackay to be back playing by mid-August after he joined in the first day of pre-season training in his recovery from a second hip operation. (Courier)

Hearts’ American midfielder Perry Kitchen will be pitched straight into their squad for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against FC Infonet after spending the last month on international duty at the Copa America. (Edinburgh Evening News)

OTHER GOSSIP

Laura Whittle is praying British team bosses take her to Rio after she just missed out on an automatic place in the Olympic trials. (Various)

Colin Montgomerie’s bid to play in next month’s Open at Royal Troon gets under way today at the 36-hole final qualifying shoot-out at Gailes Links. (Herald)

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