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Neil Lennon hopes his club's money-spinning FA Cup replay against Liverpool will give him the financial muscle necessary to take Celtic's Kris Commons to Bolton Wanderers during January instead of waiting until the midfielder is out of contract in the summer.(Daily Express)

After his side's 0-0 draw with Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon refused to shut the door on a return to Celtic Park - despite quitting the club last summer.(The Scotsman)

Celtic could make a fresh move for long-term target Kim Bo-Kyung after the South Korea midfielder was released by Cardiff City. (The Sun, print edition)

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is attempting to push through a deal to sign Manchester United's 30-year-old Scotland midfielder, Darren Fletcher, ahead of the January transfer deadline. (Goal)

Hamilton Accies striker Mickael Antoine-Curier has emerged as a transfer target for Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United and Preston North End. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Notts County manager Shaun Derry has confirmed his interest in Rangers striker Nicky Clark but has yet to make an official approach. (Nottingham Post)

Kim Bo-Kyung
Kim Bo-Kyung, who has previously been a Celtic target, has left Cardiff City

Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley hopes to make his latest cash injection into Rangers in the next 72 hours - just in time for the players to be paid their monthly salaries at the cash-strapped club. (The Sun, print edition)

Former Rangers defender David Robertson has told the Ibrox board they missed a great opportunity by throwing out American financier Robert Sarver's £20m takeover bid for the crisis-hit club. (Daily Mail)

Celtic fans have triggered a storm of protest from their Glasgow counterparts after they paid for a full page newspaper advertisement claiming Rangers are a new club and that the "Old Firm" derby was dead, with supporters at Ibrox saying it will increase tensions ahead of Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final.(Daily Record)

Former Rangers players have united to hit back at the Celtic supporters who bought advertising space in the Sunday Herald to state that the Old Firm derby is dead and that Sunday's League Cup semi-final will see their side take on a new entity for the first time, with ex-midfielder Alex Rae saying it was deliberately designed to provoke.(The Herald)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists that his side's chances of beating Rangers in Sunday's League Cup semi-final are 50-50, dismissing suggestions that the Premiership leaders are mammoth favourites against their Championship rivals.(Daily Record)

Craig Gordon has warned that Rangers are strong enough to deliver a major upset in the Scottish League Cup semi-final and that his Celtic side cannot think about winning Sunday's match by a few goals, despite the Ibrox side being written off as 7/1 outsiders by bookmakers. (The Herald)

Former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen was carried shoulder high around Ibrox by former team-mates Michael Mols and Nacho Novo, his legs lacking the strength to make the entire trip around the trackside perimeter after a match designed to pay tribute to the Dutchman who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.(The Herald)

Former Rangers manager McLeish hailed the 41,000 fans - the second biggest attendance this season - for filling Ibrox in huge numbers to show their support for Fernando Ricksen in his battle against illness. (Daily Record)

Michael Mols and Nacho Novo carry Fernando Ricksen round Ibrox
Rangers fans packed Ibrox to pay tribute to ill former defender Fernando Ricksen

Stricken former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen says he is not afraid of dying from Motor Neurone Disease. (The Sun, print edition)

Former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen has thanked fans for their support as 41,000 turn out for his fundraising tribute match as he battles Motor Neurone Disease.(Herald)

Former Livingston winger Andy Halliday celebrated his giant-killing FA Cup goal against Chelsea by going to the cinema to watch American Sniper. (The Sun, print edition)

After being held to a 2-2 draw at home by Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock striker Rory McKenzie denied that a bonus row is still affecting the Ayrshire club's players. (The Sun, print edition)

Hibernian will be without striker Dominique Malonga again next weekend after Congo reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals for the first time since 1992 by defeating 2013 finalists Burkina Faso 2-1. (The Scotsman, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is set to pledge a change in the law to ensure that the Scottish national team's football matches and iconic events such as the golf Open Championship are shown on free-to-air television, in the biggest shake-up of UK broadcast rights for sport in 20 years. (The Scotsman)

Glasgow Warriors centre Alex Dunbar is an injury doubt for Scotland's Six Nations campaign after picking up a head knock in his side's European Cup defeat by Bath. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Edinburgh have been drawn away to English Premiership side London Irish in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.(The Times)

Former Scotland rugby player Iain Morrison says the English Premiership's salary can won't stop an exodus of players from the Celtic nations and their Pro12 league. (The Scotsman)

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