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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic boss Ronny Deila plans to pinch Norwegian "wonderkid" Martin Odegaard, not yet 16 years old but already with an international cap, from under the noses of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United. Deila gave him his first game for Stromsgodset. (Various)

One of Deila's defenders at Celtic, the full-back Adam Matthews, urges centre-back Virgil van Dijk to resist the lure of England's Premier League. (The Times)

Motherwell caretaker manager Kenny Black says the players will not use the possible takeover of the club and the search for a new manager as an excuse for below-par performances. (Daily Express)

Martin Odegaard
Norway´s youngest player ever, Martin Oedegaard, replaces Mats Moeller Daehli during the Euro 2016 Group H qualifying football match against Bulgaria in October

Former Peru international Nolberto Solano reveals that he has already been interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Fir Park. (Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says he has "absolutely no reason to doubt" he still has the support of the Ibrox board and does not plan to quit, but if pressure began to affect his family life that would be "completely different". (Various)

Striker Kenny Miller claims the Petrofac Training Cup defeat by Alloa in midweek was the worst ever. (The Sun)

Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl has warned his players to expect a Rangers backlash. (The Sun)

St Mirren midfielder Isaac Osbourne insists the players just have to "roll our sleeves up and get back to basics" as they search for their first win in two months under manager Tommy Craig. (Daily Express)

Having won only one of their last six matches, Hamilton Accies manager Alex Neil admits the realities of top-flight football are taking their toll on his team. (Daily Express)

George Cairns, the man who oversaw the development of players such as James McCarthy and James McArthur at Hamilton, believes current duo Stephen Hendrie and Ali Crawford can "go all the way" in the game. (The Times)

OTHER GOSSIP

Finn Russell and Jonny Gray's experience with the Scotland team in the autumn Tests will benefit them in their Glasgow Warriors careers, says head coach Gregor Townsend. Warriors play Toulouse tomorrow afternoon in the European Rugby Champions Cup. (Daily Mail)

Scottish snooker player Anthony McGill says he "blew it" in his UK Championship quarter-final match against Ronnie O'Sullivan, losing 6-4 after being 2-0 up. (The Sun)

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