Scottish Gossip: Kiernan, Old Firm derby, Rodgers, Celis

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists the pressure is on Rangers ahead of Saturday's Old Firm derby at Ibrox - after the league leaders moved 16 points clear of Mark Warburton's side. (Various)

St Johnstone captain Steven Anderson believes Rob Kiernan will be punished by the SFA after claiming the Rangers defender punched him during the 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park. (Various)

Hearts defender Callum Paterson will be sidelined for up to nine months after suffering knee ligament damage in the victory over Kilmarnock. (Various)

Celtic are weighing up a January move for Colombian international Guillermo Celis. The Benfica defensive midfielder has featured twice in the Portuguese Liga for the Eagles since a summer move from Club Deportivo Junior S.A.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Guillermo Celis
Guillermo Celis: Celtic-bound in January?

Mark McGhee hailed his Motherwell side's victory against Inverness CT in the Highlands as the biggest win of his second stint in charge of the club. "It's the most important result since I've been back at Motherwell," he said. "We've deserved more out of recent games against Kilmarnock and St Johnstone, even the Celtic game." (Various)

Former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is prepared to raid the Scottish market for players as he seeks to bolster his MK Dons squad. "We'll look everywhere - Scotland, England, Ireland and Europe - to get the best value for money," he said. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor has defended team-mate James Maddison after the on-loan midfielder from Norwich City was booked for a fourth time for simulation. "He buys fouls as he has quick feet," says Taylor. "It's harsh on him but what can you do?" (Scottish Sun)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro has questioned the merits of the upcoming winter shutdown but says his squad will use it productively. (Various)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd
Kilmarnock's Kris Boyd was unfazed by the Hearts boo-boys

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has laughed off being the target of the Hearts boo-boys following his criticism of Ian Cathro. Asked about the stick he received during the midweek defeat at Tynecastle, Boyd said: "I knew it was coming - it's part and parcel of being a footballer. It was good - at least the Hearts fans were up for it and not booing [their own] for a change." (Daily Record)

Lee Clark is prepared to make wholesale changes to his Kilmarnock squad in January in an effort to revitalise their Premiership campaign. "In order to raise the funds to bring other players in, that's what needs to be done to be honest," he said. (Various)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he has "no problem" with defender Rob Kiernan's mistake that led to St Johnstone's equaliser in the draw at McDiarmid Park. "I have no problem because we are all human," said Warburton. "He [Kiernan] made a mistake but he hasn't meant it." (Various)

With just one win in their last 16 Premiership games, Hamilton Accies aim to halt their poor run with victory against Motherwell on Hogmanay, according to Accies midfielder Ali Crawford. "Good performances go out of the window now," he said. "It doesn't matter if we win ugly, as long as we win." (Daily Express)

Back-to-back victories have lifted Partick Thistle from the foot of the Premiership to sixth in the table. "We're delighted to reward the fans with a victory at home and a decent performance," said manager Alan Archibald following the win against Dundee. (The National)

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