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Celtic have launched a bid for Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Ryan Christie and hope a cash offer of £500,000 with a clause to loan the 20-year-old back to their Scottish Premiership rivals for the rest of the season can secure the midfielder's signature. (Daily Star, print edition)

Celtic first-team coach John Kennedy believes he is culpable for the defensive failings that led to Champions League elimination in Malmo but insists that he and manager Ronny Deila will stick with their policy of zonal marking when they play in the Europa League this season. (Daily Record)

Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall's route back to the English top-flight after Cardiff City insisted they will not sell their captain to West Bromwich Albion after rejecting a £4.5m offer for the 30-year-old. (The Scotsman, print edition)

Sheffield Wednesday are ready to listen to offers for Scotland striker Stevie May, with the 22-year-old wanting to leave the English Championship club after falling out of favour under new manager Carlos Carvalhal. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic's Stefan Johansen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Ryan Christie
Ryan Christie (right) is being linked with a move to Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Dundee United have suffered a setback in their bid to sign Billy Mckay because the striker has been unable to negotiate a severance package from Wigan Athletic despite a £200,000 fee being agreed between the clubs. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has refused to confirm or deny that he is interested in signing Billy Mckay from Wigan Athletic but has admitted that a new striker is "the final piece" in the jigsaw as he completes the Championship club's squad rebuilding.(The Scotsman)

Dundee United believe they remain at the ahead of the pack to sign Billy Mckay and hope to have the striker available for Saturday's trip to face Ross County. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Dundee United striker Robbie Muirhead has missed out on the Uefa goal of the season award to Lionel Messi, with the 19-year-old's strike for Scotland Under-19s against Norway coming ninth in the online poll. (The Courier)

Former Falkirk striker Phil Roberts, the 21-year-old who has a year left of his contract with Dundee, has been told he has no future at Dens Park. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hearts defender Jordan McGhee has vowed to win back his starting place with the Scottish Premiership leaders despite interest in the out-of-favour 19-year-old from Ipswich Town. (Eurosport)

Lithuania defender Marius Zaliukas has been freed by Rangers, the 31-year-old having made 28 appearance during his year-long spell at Ibrox. (Daily Record, print edition)

Dundee striker Phil Roberts
Striker Phil Roberts has been told does not figure with Dundee manager Paul Hartley's plans

Former Rangers captain and manager John Greig has joined the board of the Rangers Youth Development Company.(The Scotsman)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has set a target of bringing in at least two more players before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night.(The Herald)

Dunfermline Athletic have given a trial to 23-year-old former Rangers midfielder Rhys McCabe and fellow midfielder Shaun Rooney, the 19-year-old previously of Queen's Park. (Daily Record, print edition)

Former Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been sacked by Thai club Tero Sasana after they failed to win any of the 59-year-old's first 10 games in charge. (Daily Express, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will receive a medical report from celebrated knee surgeon Andy Williams before deciding whether to select Alex Dunbar for his Rugby World Cup squad despite the 25-year-old centre having not played for six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament. (The Times)

Head coach Vern Cotter has described Ryan Wilson as "exceptional" after naming the 26-year-old in the Scotland team at the first opportunity following the end of the flanker's international suspension, the result of being found guilty in January on two counts of assault and fined £750 for the incidents that happened in a Glasgow takeaway restaurant in October. (The Scotsman)

Heriot's coach Phil Smith has been left mystified by the decision to play the BT Charity Shield against Edinburgh neighbours Boroughmuir on Saturday, meaning his his side will not start the defence of their Premiership title on the same day as their rivals.(The Herald)

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