Celtic are keeping tabs on West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O’Shea, Rafa Benitez looks like he’ll be staying at Newcastle and Callum McGregor has described one of his team-mates as a ‘world beater’.

Celtic keen on Dara O’Shea

West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O’Shea has caught the attention of Celtic, who are said to be monitoring the 20-year-old. The Irish under-19 international is out of contract in the summer but could still agree a deal to stay at the Hawthorns, according to the Scottish Sun.

Rafa Benitez is staying put

The former Liverpool, Valencia and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez - who has been linked with a move to Parkhead - looks set to stay at Newcastle United for next season, according to the Scottish Sun.

Brophy set for Scotland call-up?

The Daily Record are reporting that Kilmarnock striker Eamonn Brophy could be called up to the national team for Scotland’s Euro 2020 double-header against Cyprus and Belgium.

Karamoko Dembele is a ‘world beater’

Callum McGregor reckons 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele still has a lot to learn and insisted that the forward needs to be ‘managed carefully’, but was left impressed by the youngster’s debut last weekend. “He certainly seems like nothing fazes him,” said McGregor.

Steve Clarke targeting Euro 2020 spot

New Scotland manager Steve Clarke wants to take Scotland to Euro 2020, and revealed that he was warned against taking the job in the first place. “I spoke to quite a lot of people in football who were telling me ‘don’t go, it can be a career killer’,” he said.

Dundee approach Gordon Strachan

Former Celtic and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has been offered the role of technical director at Dundee, with the Scottish Sun claiming that the 62-year-old is interested in taking the Dens Park club up on their offer.

Maxwell: Clarke must persuade players to play

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell has instructed Steve Clarke to convince players to turn out for the national team once called upon. Maxwell said: “That’s a big, big part of the job - making sure that everyone who can play for Scotland is desperate to come and be part of the international squad.”

Kevin Thomson issues warning

Ex-Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson fears a lack of competition at youth level is holding back the progress of Scotland’s top youngsters. “To me, it seems an obvious problem and it is one I am really passionate about,” said Thomson.

Shelley Kerr hoping to capitalise on feel-good factor

Shelley Kerr, manager of the Scotland women’s team, is hoping that the positive reaction from Steve Clarke’s appointment will benefit her side ahead of the Women’s World Cup. “All of a sudden you've got two national teams, in the space of a week or so, that are going to be playing at Hampden,” Kerr said. “I would urge everyone to come along and watch both teams.”

Taylor set for Pittodrie return?

The Daily Record are reporting that centre-back Ash Taylor, who was released by Northampton Town a month ago, is on the verge of a return to Aberdeen.

Logan signs contract extension

And Aberdeen’s right-back Shay Logan has signed a one-year extension at the club, report the Press and Journal.

Clarke reveals ‘biggest regret’

Steve Clarke has admitted that the biggest regret of his career was only receiving six caps for the national team, but feels he has a solution. “I have a chance to put that right with this job and hopefully lead my country to a major tournament,” said Clarke.

Leinster motivated by Champions Cup defeat

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock says that missing out on retaining the Champions Cup has made his team-mates more determined to secure the Pro14 title when they face Glasgow Warriors this weekend. Ruddock said: “It was certainly easier to get guys excited and motivated for the challenge of Munster last week, because we really felt we needed to prove a point to make sure we win some silverware this year.”

Dalglish identifies Parkhead final as great opportunity

Ex-Celtic striker Kenny Dalglish reckons Glasgow Warriors and Leinster should be excited to play at Celtic Park on Saturday, because of the sporting tradition that the stadium holds. Dalglish said: “It is a great atmosphere, to go and play at Celtic Park with so much history, tradition and success there. It makes you feel you want to join it.”