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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he would be happy to win the Premiership title by just one point, with Aberdeen having closed the gap on his league-leaders. (Scottish Sun)

Deila says keeping hold of Virgil van Dijk is his top priority in January, and he will also recommend that Kris Commons is allowed to run down his contract rather than leave in the transfer window. (Daily Record)

Rangers' football board chairman Sandy Easdale reveals he could broker a deal with the Douglas Park-led consortium hoping to provide fresh investment to the club. (Daily Record)

Lewis Macleod will sign a three-and-a-half year contract with Brentford when he seals his £1m move from Rangers. (Scottish Sun)

Nicky Law
Rangers midfielder Nicky Law is a January transfer target for Huddersfield Town

Selling Macleod and accepting the new offer of funding will allow Rangers to stay afloat. (Daily Express)

Nicky Law could also be set for the Ibrox exit door with Huddersfield preparing a move for the midfielder. (Daily Mail)

Former England assistant manager Lawrie McMenemy reckons more clubs south of the border will target young Scottish players in 2015. (Scottish Sun)

Defender Darren McGregor has won a contract extension at Rangers after playing more than 50% of the club's games so far this season. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes believes his side can better last season, in which they ended a 19-year trophy drought by winning the League Cup. (Scottish Sun)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre insists keeping a clean sheet at Celtic Park could prove the turning point in the Staggies' season. (Scottish Sun)

Andy Roberts, a legend at Australian club Newcastle Jets, is hoping Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson buys his former side amid reports he is interested in a deal for the A-League outfit. (Scottish Sun)

United manager Jackie McNamara has backed striker Nadir Ciftci to cope with reports linking him with a move to Celtic in January. (Scottish Sun)

James Keatings
Hearts head coach expects striker James Keatings to become one of the top hitmen in Scotland

Dundee are hoping to sign up former Celtic and Scotland midfielder Stephen Pearson in January. (Daily Record)

St Mirren's in-demand midfielder John McGinn has refused to rule out signing a new contract with the Buddies. (Scottish Sun)

Stand-in manager Gary Teale is ready to call time on his playing career as he targets the St Mirren job on a full-time basis. (Daily Record)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes has told Billy McKay, Josh Meekings and Marley Watkins, who are all out of contract in the summer, that they need to tell the club whether they will sign new deals or not. (Scottish Sun)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson reckons leaving Celtic as a youngster will help make Tynecastle striker James Keatings one of the best front-men in the country. (Scottish Sun)

Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan believes his side can end Hearts' unbeaten run in the league when the Edinburgh rivals meet on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Officials from Qatar have suggested they would like to see a match between Celtic and Rangers played in the Gulf state. (Scottish Sun)

Tim Visser
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons hopes winger Tim Visser can inspire his side against Glasgow Warriors

Mark Kerr has had his Queen of the South contract terminated following a falling out with the club's youth and community coach Jim Thomson. (Scottish Sun)

Leeds defender Liam Cooper could be in line for a call-up to the Scotland squad, having played in dark blue at youth level. (Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons is ready to start with Tim Visser in his side's meeting with Glasgow on Friday at Murrayfield. (Daily Record)

Edinburgh's Ross Ford has played down his bust-up with Glasgow's Al Kellock in last week's meeting at Scotstoun, but he also played down Kellock's influence in the Warriors' win. (Scotsman)

Andy Murray has signed a £15m five-year contract with sportswear firm Under Armour, following the end of his deal with Adidas. (Daily Record)

Scottish cricketer Michael Leask says his side will not be there to make up the numbers when they play in the World Cup in 2015. (Scotsman)

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