Scottish Gossip: Hearts, Neilson, Cathro, MK Dons, Warburton, Celtic

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Ian Cathro is set to be named Hearts' new manager as Robbie Neilson edges closer to a switch to English League One outfit MK Dons. The 30-year-old Cathro, part of Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez's coaching staff, would become the youngest-ever manager in Scotland's top flight.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Neilson is destined for the top in England on account of his work ethic as he was "first in the building in the morning and the last to leave," according to former Hearts team-mate Lee Wallace. (Daily Record)

Orlando City's £2.5m-rated striker Cyle Larin is the latest forward to be linked with Celtic. Brendan Rodgers is looking at striking options as interest in Moussa Dembele continues to grow.

Full story: Daily Record

Robbie Neilson (left) and Ian Cathro
Ian Cathro (right) could be in line to succeed Robbie Neilson at Tynecastle

Brazilian-born Hearts defender Igor Rossi has described his sadness after learning that a former team-mate had died in Monday's fatal air crash in Colombia. The football world has rallied around the Brazilian club, Chapecoense, which lost most of its players in the crash.

Only six of the 77 people on the plane, carrying members of the team, survived. Rossi played with the late midfielder Josimar and says he is still coming to terms with the tragedy.

Full story: Daily Record

MK Dons are a wise choice for Robbie Neilson, according to Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who coached Neilson when he had him on loan as a player at Brentford. "He's a good manager and has a really outstanding career ahead of him," says Warburton. (Various)

Meanwhile, Warburton has railed against "ill-informed" pundit Neil McCann for taking "cheap shots" at his management at Ibrox. McCann has questioned Rangers' formation and the impact striker Joe Garner has made since moving to Rangers. (Various)

Kilmarnock could lose up to seven first-team players in the January transfer window when their loan deals expire, according to manager Lee Clark. "A lot of the agreements end in January," said Clark. "It's not just about us wanting to keep them. It's about whether parent clubs want them to stay or whether players want them to stay." (Various)

Hibernian goalkeeper Ofir Marciano
The safest hands in Britain? Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is happy that a proposed move to Torino fell through in August as "I feel at home now with the fans and everybody at the club". (Various)

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has promised Derek McInnes more funds to strengthen his squad - despite needing to find the money for the Dons' proposed new stadium. (Daily Record)

Goalkeeper Ofir Marciano boasts the best defensive record in the UK, but insists his Hibernian team-mates deserve the plaudits. Neil Lennon's Championship outfit have conceded seven goals in 14 games - a better record than Celtic, Tottenham and Chelsea. (Scottish Sun)

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart says it would be "naive" to believe the Scottish game had avoided the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed English football. (The Herald)

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has undergone surgery on a shoulder injury and is expected to return to full training in the new year. (Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray should be targeting multiple grand slam titles in 2017 to consolidate his position as world number one in the tennis rankings, according to Greg Rusedski.

Full story: The National

Four-time world snooker champion John Higgins insists he isn't a superhuman on the green baize - despite high praise from rival Ronnie O'Sullivan. (Various)

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