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Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun Maloney is close to a return to Celtic after a transfer to Leicester City broke down following the Scotland international's failure to agree personal terms as the Scottish champions also pursue Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Haim. (The Sun)

Shaun Maloney could be in line for a move to Major League Soccer, with registered interest from Chicago Fire possibly being the reason behind the collapse of the Scotland midfielder's transfer from Wigan Athletic to Leicester City. (The Herald, print edition)

Celtic will not wait forever for a decision from John Guidetti on his future, manager Ronny Deila has stressed, and are prepared to look beyond the on-loan Manchester City striker to other signing targets should his situation remain up in the air come the end of the January transfer window.(The Scotsman)

Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Haim
Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Haim has been linked with Celtic

Wales full-back Adam Matthews is aware of speculation linking him with a return to Cardiff City but insists he has no plans to leave Celtic in the foreseeable future. (The Herald)

Adam Matthews has confessed that he has not been fully-fit for 18 months, but the Wales full-back believes he is now returning to rude health and has vowed to stay to give his prime years to Celtic.(Daily Record)

Aberdeen defender Shay Logan has insisted he holds no grudge against with Celtic's Aleksander Tonev after the pair and their clubs became embroiled in a racism row in September during which the on-loan Aston Villa winger was given a seven-game suspension. (The Herald)

Defender Ash Taylor believes that, although Celtic might have recharged their batteries on their break to Gran Canaria, Aberdeen have taken charge of the title race by going four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.(Daily Record)

The Argentine consortium led by lawyer Ricardo Pini is expected to continue to try to buy St Mirren even if it is successful in its attempts to secure Girona, currently pushing for promotion from the Spanish second division. (The Herald)

Partick Thistle midfielder Abdul Osman
Abdul Osman is one of 11 Partick Thistle players out of contract this summer

The Rangers Fan Board has stated that it will never support any moves that could result in Ibrox Stadium, or the training complex, used as security for additional funding from shareholder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and has called on chief executive Derek Llambias and chairman David Somers to make their intentions clear.(Daily Record)

Hibernian chief executive Leann Dempster hopes to quell a supporter revolt by offering the BuyHibs group a meeting with MSP Kenny MacAskill, who chairs Hibernian Supporters Limited, about its concerns over the independence of the body established to bring about fan ownership of the club. (Daily Record, print edition)

Partick Thistle midfielder Abdul Osman says he is not concerned that he and 10 team-mates are out of contract in the summer. (The Sun, print edition)

Alex McLeish says he is enjoying his time and is targeting a place in Europe next season as Genk manager as Belgium's Jupiler League prepares to resume with the Scot's side lying seventh. (The Independent)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors risk being fined after refusing to name their team on time to face Montpellier, with the selection eventually coming out five hours late. (The Times, print edition)

Scotland forwards Ryan Grant and Ryan Wilson have been selected by Glasgow Warriors to face Montpellier on Sunday despite both appearing in Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday at the start of an assault trial. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend admits he has no idea how Montpellier will line-up in Sunday's European Champions Cup game under the French side's new coach, Jake White. (Daily Record, print edition)

Andy Murray has admitted that his performances last season were affected by tensions within his coaching team. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

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