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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Ajax are pondering an end-of-season transfer offer for striker John Guidetti, the 22-year-old having opted for Celtic instead of Amsterdam when considering a season-long loan deal from Manchester City last summer. (The Herald)

Republic of Ireland winger James McClean's "dream move" to Celtic as blocked by former Hoops defender Malky Mackay, the manager having refused to allow the 25-year-old to leave Wigan Athletic. (Irish Independent)

Belgian forward Zakaria Bakkali, who is out of contract with PSV Eindhoven, remained in the Netherlands despite the Dutch club noting interest from Celtic.(STV Sport)

Scotland midfielder Barry Bannon completed his move to Bolton Wanderers from Crystal Palace despite being linked with Celtic. (Press and Journal)

It was the determination of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to join Celtic that persuaded Dundee United to sell the midfielders to Celtic on transfer deadline day.(Daily Record)

James McClean in action for Ireland
Republic of Ireland winger James McClean has been linked with Celtic

Dundee United had a £200,000 offer to bring their former midfielder, Scott Allan, back to Tannadice rejected by Hibernian. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Southend United turned down a bid from Inverness Caledonian Thistle to sign Lee Barnard because the 30-year-old striker did not fancy the move. (Echo)

Falkirk, who rejected a £25,000 bid from Hamilton Accies for striker Rory Loy two weeks ago, rebuffed a fresh approach, describing it as "derisory". (Daily Express, print edition)

Rangers rebuffed Hamilton Accies' deadline-day interest in 30-year-old Dean Shiels and rejected a bid from Bolton Wanderers for 26-year-old fellow midfielder Nicky Law.(Daily Record)

The number of domestic abuse incidents dealt with by police fell by 35% on Sunday following warnings issued ahead of Celtic's victory over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. (The Scotsman)

The Scottish Professional Football League is awaiting three separate reports from Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final before deciding if a probe should be launched into sectarian chanting and banners.(Daily Record)

An internet troll has targeted Celtic's Kris Commons on the seventh anniversary of his daughter being stillborn and fellow midfielder Scott Brown over the loss of his sister through cancer. (Daily Record)

Southend United striker Lee Barnard
Southend United striker Lee Barnard has been linked with Inverness Caley Thistle

Rangers fan James Martin lies under sedation in hospital after being brutally beaten on the night of the Old Firm game.(Daily Record)

It would be a "disaster" if Rangers, who sit second in the Scottish Championship, failed to win promotion to the Premiership this season, according to striker Kenny Miller. (The Scotsman)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller's mid-term assessment of his club is that: "I do not know that on the field or off the field that it can be that much worse."(The Herald)

After facing Rangers on Sunday, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig suggests that, while the Ibrox side would not be relegated if they were in the Premiership, they would be unlikely to offer the kind of challenge presented by Aberdeen and Dundee United this season. (The Herald)

Inter Milan are in disarray ahead of their Europa League last-32 meeting with Celtic this month after two of their players clashed with their own fans with their side languishing in 13th place in Serie A and are just eight points off the relegation zone.(The Herald)

Relegation-threatened Ross County have released Dutch striker Darren Maatsen. (Inverness Courier)

OTHER GOSSIP

Novak Djokovic says he did not feign injury during his Australian Open final victory over Andy Murray. (Daily Telegraph)

Novak Djokovic wants to clear the air with Andy Murray following the controversial Australian Open final, saying he hoped their friendship would not be spoiled by the Scot saying he was distracted by the Serbian's suggestions of injury during the match.(The Independent)

Stephen Hendry could be back at the Crucible this year with snooker organisers inviting former world champions to enter qualifying for the world championships. (The Sun, print edition)

Marc Warren has broken into golf's world top 50 and has eight weeks to stay there in order to secure his first appearance at the US Masters. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Head coach Vern Cotter has already turned around Scotland's rugby culture, according to assistant Matt Taylor.(The Herald)

Despite proving that she remains at the peak of her powers with more badminton titles, Imogen Bankier has admitted that she has no realistic hope of competing in another Olympics. (The Herald)

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