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Blackburn Rovers are the latest English club to be linked with a move for Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod, as the Ewood Park outfit line up a £1.5m January swoop for the 20-year-old. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is a January transfer target for English Championship side Cardiff City. (Scottish Sun)

And flop striker Jo Inge Berget is also heading to Cardiff with Celtic not interested in making his loan switch permanent. (Daily Record)

Coach John Kennedy believes Celtic are now starting to look like the team manager Ronny Deila wants them to be. (Various)

Australian midfielder Tom Rogic is finally back in training after injury - a year after playing his last match for Celtic. (Various)

Celtic could play in a near empty stadium on Thursday night in Croatia as fans of Dinamo Zagreb continue their boycott of the team due to their poor form. (Various)

The SPFL could be close to agreeing a sponsorship deal for the latter stages of the League Cup, on the back of Celtic facing Rangers in one of the semi-finals. (Daily Record)

Telfer scores for Dundee United
Charlie Telfer will become a big star for United according to his former coach Tommy Wilson

Motherwell will complete the interview process in their search for a new manager today, with Terry Butcher the favourite to land the job (Daily Record)

Former Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has emerged as a shock contender to replace Stuart McCall in the Fir Park hotseat. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian owner Sir Tom Farmer is on the brink of agreeing a deal with the club's bankers that will leave the Easter Road side debt free. (Scottish Sun)

Livingston could go bust if former director Ged Nixon succeeds in having around £300,000 of the club's cash frozen as part of a court case. (Various)

Former Hearts star Eamonn Bannon insists the Tynecastle side will win the Championship title this term, but he does not believe they will claim the crown unbeaten. (Scottish Sun)

The Tynecastle side are on the hunt for a new striker after learning that hitman Osman Sow faces a further five weeks on the sidelines due to injury. (Various)

Hearts owner Ann Budge is backing a campaign to relax the alcohol ban in Scottish football grounds. (Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to turn up the heat on Championship pace-setters Hearts by going on a winning run over the festive period. (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers youth chief Tommy Wilson has told Dundee United that youngster Charlie Telfer will prove a bargain no matter how much they are ordered to pay the Ibrox club for him when a tribunal is heard to determine the price. (Various)

Kylie Minogue
Even a date with Kylie Minogue would not have healed Jim Duffy's pain after Morton's Scottish Cup exit

Ryan Gauld's second goal for Sporting Lisbon's B-team has boosted the young Scot's popularity after footage of the strike became a hit on the internet. (Scottish Sun)

But former Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar, who was in the Oriental side that Gauld scored his screamer against, says the youngster will have to improve if he ever wants to make it into the Sporting first team. (Scotsman)

Morton manager Jim Duffy says not even a date with Kylie Minogue would have healed the pain of his side's Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of non-league Spartans. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee captain Kevin Thomson should be back from injury to face Hamilton this weekend. (Scottish Sun)

And Dee boss Paul Hartley is ready to hand defender Paul McGinn a new contract as a reward for his excellent form. (Daily Express)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has told striker Nadir Ciftci to relax and forget about trying to beat his goal tally of 24 from last season. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has backed his side to embark on an impressive run of results, just as they did at this time last term. (Scottish Sun)

Hibernian are keeping tabs on Stranraer duo David Mitchell and Jackson Longridge. (Scotsman)

Peterborough are ready to renew their interest in Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Billy McKay. (Daily Express)

Former Bolton boss Dougie Freedman, who had Alan Hutton on loan for a spell, has paid tribute to the Scottish right back for forcing himself back into manager Paul Lambert's plans at Aston Villa. (Daily Record)

Osman Sow
Osman Sow's injury has left Championship leaders Hearts searching for a new striker

And Villa boss Lambert says Hutton is playing as well as any right back in Britain after the full-back scored the winner against Leicester on Sunday. (Herald)

Hayley Lauder created history when she became the first Scottish woman to sign a professional contract with a Scottish club, having joined Glasgow City. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Toulouse star Yannick Nyanga is bracing himself for a backlash from Glasgow Warriors when the sides meet for the second time in a week this Saturday, the French outfit having won the first match on Sunday. (Various)

Former Glasgow coach Sean Lineen believes Warriors can take heart from their display in the 19-11 loss to Toulouse ahead of the return this weekend. (Scotsman)

Edinburgh hooker Neil Cochrane hopes the club's injury crisis will ensure he and other fringe players get the chance to impress boss Alan Solomons. (Herald)

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