Scottish Gossip: Bidding war for Bitton, Stubbs and Warburton wanted

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Nir Bitton's agent Dudu Dahan insists the Israeli midfielder will quit Celtic for £10million this summer, despite agreeing a deal until 2020 last month.(Daily Record)

Dahan says he has directed several enquiries from English Premier League clubs over Bitton's availability to Celtic chief executive Peter Lawell. (The Herald)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is on the shortlist to become the next Reading manager.(The Sun)

Stubbs is a contender for the Reading job, with Dennis Bergkamp, Nigel Pearson, Gary Bowyer and Gary Rowett also linked with the role. (The Herald)

Swansea could be the latest club to test Mark Warburton's commitment to Rangers if, as expected, current manager Gary Monk is sacked. (The Sun)

The Welsh side have opened talks with David Moyes about taking over from Monk.(Daily Record)

Bitton signed a new five-year contract with Celtic last month
Bitton signed a new five-year contract with Celtic last month

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says he is confident of keeping prized asset Osman Sow at Tynecastle, even though he expects the Swede's form to attract potential suitors in January.(The Scotsman)

Former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk has backed Ronny Deila to get it right at Celtic, despite a catalogue of poor European results this season. (The Herald)

Neil Lennon has revealed he failed in a bid to be reunited with Champions League hero Tony Watt, and the ex-Celtic striker further sickened him by netting for Cardiff against his Bolton side on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Dundee defender James McPake watched his side get blown away by Aberdeen, then insisted the Dons have no chance of challenging Celtic for the title. (Daily Mail)

Stubbs has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Reading
Stubbs has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Reading

Rangers have been given a boost in their pursuit of Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks as it now seems likely they will be allowed to leave the club next month. (The Herald)

East Kilbride hero Jack Smith hopes his Scottish Cup giant-killing exploits can earn him a return to senior football. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury delivered a few under-the-belt blows to Andy Murray as he rounded on his rivals for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. (Daily Record)

Murray meanwhile has risked the wrath of Wimbledon officials by saying the grass courts at the All England club have become too slow. (The Herald)

Former world champion Steve Cram has urged Scotland's athletics clubs to help build the infrastructure needed to foster future Olympians on home soil. (The Herald)

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