French striker Moussa Dembele feels that Celtic being in the Champions League draw shows that he made the right career move by signing for Brendan Rodgers' side. (Sun)

On 7 May 2012, Giovanni Trapattoni confirmed that McCarthy had asked to be withdrawn from consideration for the Irish UEFA Euro 2012 squad following his father's diagnosis with cancer.[41]

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton is delighted to be in the same Scotland squad for the away game against Malta as his inspiration and mentor, Craig Gordon. The Celtic goalie, says Hamilton, is the first to send him a text to "congratulate him on something". (Times)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton argues that it is "a positive" for Scottish football that Celtic have reached the Champions League group stage. Each Premiership club will get a "£250,000 Uefa bonus" off the back of Celtic's achievement. (National, Daily Express)

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has expressed his interest in signing Jordan Rhodes, who is "frozen out" at Middlesbrough seven months after his £11m move. (Daily Record)

But Leicester are also now targeting McCarthy, who missed Saturday’s win over Stoke with a groin problem that Koeman claimed could require surgery.

Warburton believes the former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, 31, could commit his future to Rangers, allowing him to play against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Friday. (Various)

Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish age-group teams could tour Japan in the coming years after Scottish Rugby signed a strategic alliance with the city of Nagasaki. Japan hosts the 2019 World Cup. (Herald)

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Sunderland manager David Moyes has approached Nottingham Forest about signing £8m-rated Scottish winger Oliver Burke. (Sun)

"[Moussa] Sissoko is a great player. But when I bought into Everton, I made it clear I was proud to join a family," a statement from Moshiri read.

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Everton are digging in and trying to keep McCarthy having already told the likes of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Newcastle that the Republic of Ireland international is not for sale.

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Celtic defender Kolo Toure hopes that he can line up against his younger brother Yaya should the Scottish side be drawn in the same Champions League group as Manchester City. (Various)

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McCarthy told manager Ronald Koeman in a face to face meeting last Friday that he wanted to leave because he fears he will not play regularly at Everton.

McCarthy played in nine of the ten matches in Ireland's unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign picking up the man of the match awards against the Faroe Islands and Sweden.[42][43][44]

McCarthy made his debut for Hamilton against Queen of the South as a substitute on 30 September 2006,[2] becoming the youngest player to play for Hamilton Academical in the 21st century. His full debut came against Airdrie United on 11 November 2006; a day before his 16th birthday. On 6 January 2007, at 16 years and 55 days old, McCarthy became the youngest player ever to score in Hamilton Academical's history when he scored in a Scottish Cup defeat against Livingston.

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Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning hopes the windfall might persuade his club's board to bring in another player to New Douglas Park. (Daily Express, Sun)

Cyclist Craig MacLean has been named as part of the Great Britain team for the Paralympics in Rio. The 45-year-old from Grantown-on-Spey will pilot James Ball in road and track events. (Herald)

McCarthy, who is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, has featured three times so far this season under Koeman, starting two of Everton's three Premier League matches. 

Mark Warburton admits he has not yet found the right combination to play in the first team. He says he is still "gelling in players, gelling in formations". (Various)

McCarthy was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He is the youngest child of Willie and Marie McCarthy,[2] and is a former student of St Margaret Mary's Secondary School in Castlemilk.[3] He grew up supporting Celtic,[4] and would later try out for their youth teams, but was turned down due to the large number of players the club had already taken on.[3]

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Rodgers promises that his team is not in the Champions League to simply make up the numbers - he wants Celtic to reach the knockout stages. (Various)

McCarthy made over 100 appearances for Hamilton Academical as a teenager, before being transferred to Wigan in 2009 for an initial £1.2 million which was a record sale fee for Hamilton Academical. Born and raised in Scotland, McCarthy elected to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level and made his competitive debut for their senior team on 26 March 2011 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia. McCarthy was included in the Irish squad at UEFA Euro 2016.

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Sissoko turned his mobile phone off, ignoring calls from Koeman, before travelling to London to sign a five-year deal at White Hart Lane. 

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"And we don't turn our backs on our own. Keeping James McCarthy was a priority and ultimately we could not proceed with a deal that would jeopardize his place at Everton. 

On 17 May 2008, after a season which saw his club promoted to the Scottish Premier League, McCarthy signed a new three-year contract with the club.[5] He won the SPFA Young Player of the Year award for the 2008–09 season.[6]

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Former Rangers winger Chris Burke, 32, is a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest and has been training with Kilmarnock - but only to maintain his fitness. Lee Clark says the club could not match the offers he has been receiving elsewhere. (Times)

Manager Ronald Koeman was keen to bring Sissoko to Goodison Park on Deadline Day, agreeing a club-record £30m fee for the France midfielder with Sky Bet Championship side Newcastle.