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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic are lining up a January move for Watford and Scotland winger Ikechi Anya, with manager Ronny Deila said to be a huge fan of the player. (The Sun)

Deila is concerned Uefa could make Celtic play behind closed doors after the governing body issued the Scottish club with their fifth fine in three years for disorder at the recent Europa League match in Zagreb. (Various)

Rangers' financial worries deepened ahead of Wednesday's crunch meeting between board members and manager Ally McCoist as it emerged that former goalkeeper Neil Alexander has been awarded £84,000 for winning a breach-of-contract claim against the club. Further, Rangers' oldco liquidators BDO will investigate whether they can claim for creditors some of the £200,000 compensation Rangers will receive for Charlie Telfer's move to Dundee United. (The Scotsman, Daily Mail)

Ikechi Anya
Ikechi Anya has become a favourite of the Tartan Army since breaking into the Scotland team

The Ibrox club are set to offer Billy Davies the chance to manage Rangers should McCoist leave his post now rather than work his 12 months' notice. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne acknowledges that some of Barry Hearns' criticisms of how Scottish football is run may be true but he says "it's always easy to fly in and make statements and fly out again". (The Times)

Hearts midfielder Miguel Pallardo, formerly of Levante, has been named as a suspect in a match-fixing scandal in Spain - the player's agent says Pallardo knows nothing about the claims. (The Sun, The Scotsman)

BBC football pundit Craig Paterson says the Scottish Football Association is in a "no-win situation" over Mike Ashley's involvement in Rangers. (The Scotsman)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Denise O'Sullivan has signed a new two-year deal with Glasgow City. (The National)

Former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati dreams of the day he and former Rangers star Rino Gattuso are in opposite dugouts as managers in an Old Firm match. (The Sun)

Dundee hope to have midfielder Kevin Thomson and playmaker Paul McGowan back from injury for their away match against Partick thistle this weekend. (The National)

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes comes to the defence of Dundee United's Paul Paton, saying his opponent did not spit on him. Paton has been served with a two-match ban by the SFA for the alleged incident. (Various)

Stephen Pearson
Stephen Pearson is enjoying playing in India with Kerala Blasters

Former Motherwell, Celtic and Bristol City midfielder Stephen Pearson is considering a return to Scottish football after rediscovering his form at Indian side Kerala Blasters, who are managed by his former City team-mate David James. (The Sun)

Hamilton Accies midfielder Ali Crawford admits to owning between 20 and 30 pairs of training shoes. (The Sun)

Ex-Sheffield United full-back Darryl Westlake hopes to break into the Kilmarnock first team after recovering from a broken hip. (Daily Record)

Former Hearts chairman George Foulkes believes the mood at the club's AGM on Wednesday will be one of celebration at the investment made by owner Ann Budge. (Daily Record)

St Mirren fans will be able to buy alcoholic drinks at a specially constructed fan zone outside their stadium on Saturday afternoon. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors hope that having former Munster centre James Downey in their ranks for the Pro 12 match on Saturday will help them defeat the Irish side. (The Times)

Warriors defence coach Matt Taylor thinks home advantage will be crucial in the match against Munster at Scotstoun. (The Scotsman)

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