Scottish Gossip: Garner, Paterson, Armstrong, Scotland

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Injured Rangers striker Joe Garner could be sidelined for up to three months after dislocating his shoulder during the Old Firm derby defeat at Ibrox on Hogmanay.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Hearts defender Callum Paterson was poised to secure a move to West Ham before suffering knee ligament damage - which could sideline him for nine months - in the recent victory over Kilmarnock.

Full story: Daily Record

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has the quality to shine for Scotland, according to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. "You want a midfield player that's got a high level of technique, has got mobility to run and be physical - he's got all that," said Rodgers.

Hearts full-back Callum Paterson
Speculation suggests Paterson was poised for a move to West Ham before suffering a knee injury

"He's got big, big qualities that can really set him up in the game now." (Various)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro will look to bolster his squad during the January transfer window, but recognises that the Edinburgh club "are not one of the big fish in this market". (Various)

SFA performance director Malky Mackay can call for radical change in Scottish football but it won't happen without the support of top-flight clubs, according to Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor. (Various)

Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass rejected Hull City's offer of a new contract because it failed to give "enough security for me and my family". The English Premier League outfit have automatically activated a one-year extension, written into the Scot's original deal. "I'm under contract but I will have to ask the owner about what goes on there," said Snodgrass. (Various)

On-loan midfielder Kris Commons could be the key to Hibernian securing a return to the Premiership, says former Easter Road favourite Steve Cowan. (Daily Record)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is similar to Martin O'Neill and can guide the Premiership leaders to an unbeaten season, according to former Celtic winger Didier Agathe. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen legend Willie Miller insists the Dons must keep their star players through the January transfer window as they vie with Rangers and Hearts for second place in the top flight. (Scottish Sun)

Partick Thistle defender Callum Booth says the winter break has come at the right time for him to recover from niggling injuries but is far from ideal from the club's perspective, having taken seven points from their last three matches. (The Herald)

"There isn't too much to shout about" regarding Scotland's national side because of a dearth of talent for Gordon Strachan to choose from, says former Scotland and Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty. (The Herald)

Harry Forrester has apologised to his Rangers team-mates and supporters for failing to play in Joe Dodoo during the Old Firm defeat at Ibrox. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gary Anderson was philosophical in defeat after losing to Michael van Gerwen and missing out on a third straight PDC World Darts Championship title. (Various)

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