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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic are closing in on a deal to sign striker Holmbert Aron Fridjohnsson, but face a battle for his signature from Dutch outfit Heracles. (Various)

The Scottish champions are also expressing an interest in Zhang Xizhe, a Chinese international midfielder who plays for Beijing Guoan. (The Herald)

Dundee chief executive Scott Gardiner has emerged as a contender to to fill the same role at Rangers. (The Scottish Sun, The Daily Record)

Rangers have also identified former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow as the man for the top job. (The Daily Record)

Hibernian's Danny Handling says new manager Terry Butcher will make the club a top-three side in the Scottish Premiership. (The Scottish Sun)

Meanwhile, Butcher has been warned by Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron against returning to the Highlands to poach the club's stars for his new Easter Road regime. (The Scottish Daily Mail)

St Johnstone keeper Zander Clark has extended his loan deal with the Perth side until 12 January. (The Scottish Daily Express)

Hearts took a step towards exiting administration on Monday when their parent company, UBIG, finally entered insolvency. (The Scotsman)

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