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Football rumours: Joe Bryan to Celtic, Hearts in Lafferty talks, PSG launch world record Mbappe bid, Chelsea target Bonucci and Van Dijk

Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion goes to ground after a challenge by Joe Bryan of Bristol City (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion goes to ground after a challenge by Joe Bryan of Bristol City (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

TODAY saw the release of the SPFL fixtures list for the upcoming season.

It sees Celtic start at home against Hearts, Aberdeen host Hamilton and Rangers head for Motherwell on the first day of the season.

Read the full report here for the all-important dates.

A game that has proved a fixture headache is Celtic’s potential Champions League qualifier against Linfield.

UEFA has now confirmed that the Belfast leg of the tie would take place on Friday July 14, should the Northern Irish champions beat San Marino’s La Fiorita. (STV)

But the Daily Record report that the Hoops are set to reject their ticket allocation for the match, with security chiefs having concerns over fan safety.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star say the Hoops are in the running to sign Bristol City defender Joe Bryan.

The left-back is being eyed by Burnley in a £3m deal, but Brendan Rodgers is reportedly interested in making a move.

According to the Mirror, Bryan is the contingency plan should Kieran Tierney be sold this summer.

Kyle Lafferty is set to hold signing talks with Hearts in the next 24 hours and Ian Cathro admits that strengthening his attack remains a priority.

Signing the Northern Ireland international would take a huge deal and hefty wage. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Aberdeen won’t be able to sign Greg Stewart before the Europa League registration deadline, reports the Evening Express.

The Dons are interested in signing the ex-Dundee man, but a deal won’t be done before July 7.

The Courier reveals that new Dundee recruit Lewis Spence had verbally agreed to join Brechin City until Neil McCann intervened.

City boss Darren Dods says he knew he couldn’t stand in the 21-year-old’s way when the last minute offer came in.

Rangers have officially announced the signings of Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera.

Reports in Mexico suggest the Ibrox club paid a combined 4 million pounds to Guadalajara and Pumas for the pair. (Reuters)

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon is revamping his squad for another season in the Championship, hoping to sign as many as six new players.

Tam Scobbie, James Keatings and Billy King have already joined in what will be a busy window for the Tangerines. (The Courier)

Paris St Germain are determined to to beat Arsenal and Real Madrid to the signature of Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe by launching a world-record £119million bid for the striker.

According to the Daily Mirror, the French giants are willing to exceed the £89m fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba to steal a march on their rivals in the race to recruit Ligue 1 winner Mbappe. The 18-year-old scored 26 goals in 44 appearances last season.

Antonio Conte has urged the Chelsea board to secure either Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci or Virgil van Dijk of Southampton as he looks to bolster the Blues’ back line. The Italian won three Serie A titles while managing Bonucci at Juve but the Guardian claims the Italy international would cost in excess of £50m. Dutch defender Van Dijk, who at one point seemed close to signing for Liverpool, would represent a signing more in keeping with Chelsea’s transfer strategy.

The Sun says Tottenham are now ready to approach Schalke for Max Meyer after the Germany Under-21 winger was made available for a half-price fee of £17.5m. When Mauricio Pochettino enquired about Meyer last summer he was quoted £39m but the 21-year-old is refusing to sign a new contract with the Bundesliga club and will be allowed to depart.