Scottish Gossip: Williamson, Celtic, Rangers, Compper, Miller, Fraser, Murray, Sharp

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Former Kilmarnock and Hibernian manager Bobby Williamson has revealed he is battling cancer. Williamson, who lives in Kenya, is keen to return to football management after completing his treatment in India. (Scottish Sun)

Injured Rangers striker Kenny Miller should be in the dugout as a coach to assist Graeme Murty in the upcoming Old Firm derby at Celtic Park, according to former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson. "His [Kenny's] experience in the dressing room could be vital on a day like that," said Thomson. (Daily Record)

New Celtic signing Marvin Compper can speak six languages but the defender insists he will do his talking on the pitch after sealing his move from Red Bull Leipzig. "My English is good enough but I will need to train my ear a bit for Scottish," he says. (Daily Record)

Celtic defender Marvin Compper
Celtic signing Marvin Compper says he'll be "training" his ear to understand the Scottish accent

Brendan Rodgers hailed his Celtic players for their response in beating Partick Thistle after seeing their 69-match unbeaten domestic run ended by Hearts last weekend.

"It is a mark of our team. I have seen that in my time here," he said. "I said before the game that you define yourself as a team whenever you have disappointment, and your reaction to it." (Daily Record)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has defended Gary Fraser after the midfielder hit the ball into a section of home supporters at Celtic Park. Referee Alan Muir booked Fraser following the incident in Thistle's 2-0 loss, but Archibald said: "He didn't mean it. He tried to hit the board out of frustration. He's frustrated he didn't start the game, then he's taken a bad touch. I don't think there was any malice in it; he's not that type of lad." (Scottish Sun)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright believes there is only one top six place in the Premiership up for grabs this season - and seven clubs fighting for it. "You could argue that normal service has resumed because it's the five big clubs occupying the top five places," he says. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso
Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso is being linked with a move to GD Estoril

Portuguese outfit GD Estoril are weighing up a move for Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso. The defender, signed by former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha, has only played 45 minutes since breaking his nose in the League Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell in October. (Daily Record)

Darren Barr has expressed disappointment at Falkirk's decision to scrap their youth academy amid cost concerns. Barr, one of the academy's first and most successful graduates, said: "It's a real shame because you just need to go through the success stories such as Scott Arfield, Stephen Kingsley, Jay Fulton and Blair Alston," he said. (Daily Record)

Rangers' managing director Stewart Robertson says generating money from European competition will be the main avenue by which Rangers hope to narrow the financial gap between themselves and Celtic. (The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Fears are growing over Andy Murray's fitness to play in next month's Australian Open. The former world number one, who has been battling a hip condition, has delayed his trip Down Under. (Daily Mail)

Andy Murray
Andy Murray has been struggling with a hip injury

Lynsey Sharp claims to be a more robust athlete now than when she competed at Glasgow 2014. Sharp wrote 'Get out, strong, commit' on her hand before overcoming illness to clinch silver in the 800m final three years ago. "It will always have a special place in my heart, that moment was unbelievable," she says. "But I've developed so much as an athlete since then and ran faster." (The National)

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