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The Argentine consortium interested in a takeover at St Mirren is ready to push ahead with their move for the Paisley club. (Daily Express)

The Scottish FA will hand out £1.7m 'Christmas bonus' to member clubs after securing TV and sponsorship money as well as ticket receipts from the international games against Republic of Ireland and England. (Sun)

Scotland and Watford winger Ikechi Anya insists he is in the dark over claims that he is a January target for Celtic. (Daily Express)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is adamant that defender Virgil van Dijk will not be sold next month. (Sun)

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has confirmed his interest in Inverness CT left-back Graeme Shinnie. (Scotsman)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is keen to secure the versatile Jonny Hayes on a new long-term contract. (Herald)

Midfielder David Wotherspoon says agreeing a new two-year deal at St Johnstone was a "no-brainer" decision. (Various)

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has been quoted a £2.5m asking price for Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets. (Sun)

Hibernian striker Dominique Malonga has been given permission to stay on for the New Year derby at Tynecastle before joining up with Congo for the African Cup of Nations. (Scotsman)

Ikechi Anya
Ikechi Anya says he knows nothing about a proposed switch from Watford to Celtic

Celtic winger Wakaso Mubarak has been called up to the Ghana squad for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. (Various)

Gordon Durie explains that he discussed his promotion to assistant manager at Rangers with demoted Ian Durrant and there are no hard feelings. (Daily Express)

Former Rangers director Paul Murray is urging chairman David Somers to "show some honour" and resign from his Ibrox post. (Daily Record)

Dave King's continued bid to wrest control at Rangers may be scuppered by a fresh investigation into his tax affairs in South Africa. (Daily Record)

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough is hoping to extend the loan deals of Henrik Ojamaa and Mark O'Brien until the end of the season. (Sun)

Dundee boss Paul Hartley is challenging fit-again forward Phil Roberts to prove he is a key player for the club over the festive fixtures. (Various)

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston wants his players to be "more streetwise" as they bid to arrest a run of eight games without a victory. (Various)

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara says the win over Celtic counts for nothing if his side fail to take maximum points against St Johnstone tomorrow. (Various)

Honduran international Arnold Peralta has told his agent to find him a new club after failing to hold down a place at Rangers. (Daily Record)

Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield has not given up hope of a Scotland call-up, although he admits competition for places is red hot. (Various)

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