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Celtic have entered talks with Feyenoord over a move for striker Colin Kazim-Richards, the 29-year-old Turkey international who has been suspended for two weeks after striking a journalist.(Daily Mail)

Celtic will not allow on-loan pair Anthony Stokes and Liam Henderson to play for Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup final if both sides win their semi-finals this weekend. (The Times)

Glasgow-born Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder Aiden McGeady, 29, is mulling over a move to Sevilla in La Liga following initial loan offers from Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday.(The Guardian)

Sunderland and Scotland striker Steven Fletcher, 28, is attracting interest from West Ham United.(Daily Telegraph)

Middlesbrough are tracking the progress of Hearts defender Jordan McGhee as the Edinburgh club are considering a bid for Airdrieonians goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson, for whom Dundee United have had two bids rejected. (The Sun, print edition)

Scottish League One club Airdrieonians have announced they will become a full-time club again next season. (The Sun, print edition)

Turkey striker Colin Kazim-Richards (left)
Turkey striker Colin Kazim-Richards (left) is being linked with Celtic

Former Airdrie striker Tony Watt says the chance to work with fellow former Celtic player Paul Lambert swayed his decision to join Blackburn Rovers on loan from Charlton Athletic. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Kilmarnock target Sullay Kaikai, the 20-year-old winger, is on the verge of joining Shrewsbury Town on loan from Crystal Palace. (Daily Record, print edition)

Aberdeen could face opposition from Rangers as they attempt to sign Don Cowie after Wigan Athletic agreed to release the 32-year-old Scotland midfielder from his contract. (Daily Record, print edition)

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen fears he is fighting a losing battle to keep 19-year-old defender John Souttar at Tannadice despite the club rejecting an offer from Hearts. (Daily Record, print edition)

Scotland Under-21 boss Ricky Sbragia thinks that by signing 21-year-old winger Billy King on loan from Hearts, Rangers have acquired a younger, cheaper version of Michael O'Halloran, for whom the Ibrox club have had two bids rejected by St Johnstone.(The Herald)

Steven Fletcher (right) in action for Sunderland
Scotland striker Steven Fletcher (right) in reportedly interesting West Ham United

Rangers manager Mark Warburton, still angry at the dismissal of Andy Halliday against Morton, has questioned the wisdom of appointing a referee with limited experience - Barry Cook - for such a high-profile game involving his team. (Daily Record)

Lawyers acting for former Rangers chief Charles Green have urged appeal judges to order the club to pay the legal bills of the 62-year-old entrepreneur, who is facing trial alongside former club owner Craig Whyte at the High Court.(The Herald)

Charles Green will have to wait for a written ruling on whether Rangers must foot his legal bills after judges failed to decide if the Ibrox club must pay the Englishman's expected £500,000 criminal defence costs. (Daily Record)

Fifa has ordered Scottish Professional Football League clubs to publish all fees they pay to agents from March in a bid for more transparency. (The Sun, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

There is no prospect of a hybrid surface similar to that at Murrayfield being installed at Scotstoun Stadium, even though it could have been a compromise to suit both the needs of Glasgow Warriors and Victoria Park Glasgow athletics club, problems with the waterlogged pitch having heightened calls for an artificial pitch.(The Herald)

Edinburgh forward Cornell du Preez, the South African who is two months away from qualifying to play for Scotland because of residency rules, has targeted an international call up after signing a new contract with the Pro12 club. (The Scotsman)

If Andy Murray fails to win Sunday's Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic, he will be the first player who has ever lost five Grand Slam finals at the same event without at least winning the event on one occasion.(Daily Record)

Andy Murray will not watch brother Jamie in Saturday's Australian Open doubles final as it would add to his stress while he prepares for Sunday's singles final. (Daily Record, print edition)

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