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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Aberdeen have signed 31-year-old goalkeeper Adam Collin on loan from Rotherham United until the end of the season as a replacement for Danny Ward, who was recalled by Liverpool, after a failed move for Rangers' Cammy Bell.(The Sun)

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell has pleaded with manager Mark Warburton to allow him to join Aberdeen on loan.(Press and Journal)

Aberdeen are in talks with Rotherham United about taking 31-year-old goalkeeper Adam Collin on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Express, print edition)

Aberdeen have launched a bid to sign Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan, but the Dons face competition from clubs in English League One for the 23-year-old former Scotland Under-21 midfielder, who is available without a compensation fee when he is out of contract at the end of the season. (Daily Record)

Partick Thistle would be losing one of their key players should Stuart Bannigan leave the club, according to his Firhill team-mate Kris Doolan.(The Herald)

Rangers had two bids - the second believed to be in the region of £150,000 - rejected by St Johnstone on Wednesday for 25-year-old forward Michael O'Halloran. (The Herald)

Rotherham United goalkeeper Adam Collin (left) in action against Partick Thistle
Rotherham United goalkeeper Adam Collin (left) is wanted by Aberdeen, according to reports

Rangers have had a £200,000 bid - a marginal increase on a previous offer - for Michael O'Halloran rejected by St Johnstone.(Daily Mail)

St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig has backed manager Tommy Wright to fight hard to prevent forward Michael O'Halloran being sold to Rangers. (The Courier)

Former Rangers defender Graham Roberts believes the players being signed by the Scottish Championship leaders from England's lower leagues can thrive in the Scottish top flight should they secure promotion.(The Herald)

Celtic could have suffered a blow to their hopes of signing £2.5m-rated Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson after the 25-year-old was handed a recall to Nantes' first team and suggested he would be willing to stay and fight for his place at the French top-flight club. (Daily Record)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila insists that out-of-favour striker Anthony Stokes still has a future at the Scottish champions despite planning to send the 27-year-old out on loan, with both Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle chasing the Irishman's signature.(The National)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes to decide quickly which club Anthony Stokes will be joining on loan but has stressed that the decision has to be right for his parent club as well as the player. (The Scotsman)

Celtic captain Scott Brown has targeted a return to action against Ross County in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on 31 January after recovering from a serious knee injury. (Daily Express, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila thinks the return of influential captain Scott Brown, who has been out of action since November, ahead of schedule will strengthen his side's bid to land the Treble. (The Herald)

Manager Ronny Deila has urged Celtic supporters to police themselves at Tannadice on Friday night against Dundee United to avoid any repeat of the scenes that led to the Scottish champions issuing life bans to three fans identified as being party to the lighting and throwing of flares and firecrackers before and during the live televised Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Stranraer at Stair Park on Sunday.(The Scotsman)

Dundee are hoping to sign striker Arturo Juan Perez-Reverte, but the deal is being held up because the 26-year-old Spaniard has been unable to reach a cash agreement with his present club, Cordoba, to terminate his current contract. (Evening Telegraph)

Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning has told his players that they are playing for their futures - as well as his own - after their surprise Scottish Cup defeat by League Two side Annan Athletic and poor league results - and is considering recalling himself to the team. (The Herald, print edition)

Danny Swanson, the 29-year-old midfielder who is out of contract in the summer, still has a future at Hearts, despite only making four starts and five substitute appearances since arriving from St Johnstone in the summer, according to head coach Robbie Neilson. (Edinburgh Evening News)

St Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran
Rangers have reportedly had two bids rejected by St Johnstone for Michael O'Halloran

Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Stoke City will have representatives watching Airdrieonians' Rohan Ferguson against Forfar Athletic, while Hamilton Accies, Hibernian, Leeds United and St Mirren are also interested in the 18-year-old after Dundee United had two bids rejected for the goalkeeper. (The Sun, print edition)

Former Airdrie United and Celtic striker Tony Watt is poised to agree a permanent transfer to Cardiff City from Charlton Athletic after the 22-year-old impressed on loan. (Daily Record, print edition)

Turkish top-flight outfit Konyaspor have made an approach for former Dundee United left-back Barry Douglas, who has not agreed a new contract with Lech Poznan despite the Polish club wanting to extend the 26-year-old's stay beyond the summer. (Daily Record, print edition)

Former Chelsea, Clyde and Everton winger Pat Nevin has revealed he had a hair transplant after a television producer - he would only confirm it was not from BBC Scotland - told him work as a football pundit would dry up if he went bald. (The Scotsman)

A new company has been accused of being sexist after launching a lighter, pink-coloured football that it claims will encourage more women to play the game and take up sport in general. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Olympic silver medallist Dave Murdoch has called on the sports minister to follow through on the promise made that facilities would be provided to ensure that Scotland's curlers can continue to provide Britain with what was its most successful Olympic and Paralympic programme in the last cycle.(The Herald)

Scottish Hockey is underachieving as it attempt to improve the nation's international teams and increase the number of players involved in Great Britain squads, according to a report by consultants KKP. (The National, print edition)

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