Scottish Gossip: Warburton, Rodgers, Old Firm derby, Hearts, Aberdeen

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton says the Ibrox outfit are miles away from toppling Celtic - because of the huge financial gap between the clubs. (Scottish Sun)

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic want an Old Firm derby victory at Ibrox as much as their rivals, even though they are already 16 points clear in the Premiership. (Various)

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who has extended James Maddison's loan spell from Norwich City, admits January is "a tough month" to recruit players but will see if he can boost his squad. (Various)

Dundee are weighing up a move for Bulgarian striker Ventsislav Hristov in an effort to fire them to Premiership safety. Paul Hartley is keen on Hristov, who has been capped eight times and is currently at Neftochimic Burgas.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Bulgarian striker Ventsislav Hristov
Bulgarian striker Ventsislav Hristov has been linked with Dundee

Inverness CT boss Richie Foran fears the club won't be able to extend the loan spell of Fulham midfielder Larnell Cole until the end of the season. (Scottish Sun)

Mark Warburton insists that Rangers are the most decorated club in the world and will not remain in the shadows of Celtic forever. "Are we there yet? No, we are not. Will we get back there? I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever in my mind this club will return to the top."

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers winger Barrie McKay is confident playing the Old Firm derby at Ibrox will give his side "the edge" on Hogmanay. "We've started to properly gel as a team with the all new players who have added that extra bit of quality," he says. (Various)

Scott Brown celebrates his goal at Ibrox in 2011
Scott Brown says his goal against Rangers at Ibrox in 2011 is one of his best for Celtic

Mark Warburton is "bemused" by controversy over claims by St Johnstone captain Steven Anderson that he was punched by Rob Kiernan in the midweek draw at McDiarmid Park. "I don't think there is anything to contest," says the Rangers boss. (Daily Express)

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is a supporter of the winter shutdown - but believes it should be longer than three weeks. "We could come back and get the worst six weeks of weather over the winter as well. But I'm not going to be over-critical as we are all for giving it a go," he says. (Daily Express)

Scott Brown says his goal in the 2-2 Scottish Cup draw against Rangers at Ibrox in 2011 is up there with his best for Celtic. "Was it a pivotal moment in my Celtic career? I'd say so," says Brown." (Various)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro is already putting his stamp on the Tynecastle club, according to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. (The National)

Former St Mirren boss Ian Murray has agreed a one-year deal to become assistant boss at Norwegian Second Division club Asker FC. (Daily Mail)

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