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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Sunderland are considering a January move for Celtic forward Georgios Samaras.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Celtic could rekindle interest in Leigh Griffiths should Georgios Samaras be sold to Sunderland after Wolves have left the door open for the Scotland striker to leave should the Scottish champions increase their offer.

Full story: Daily Express (print edition)

The agent for Serbia midfielder Filip Djuricic, presently with Benfica, has insisted the 21-year-old will not be joining Celtic during the current transfer window.

Full story: The Scotsman

Celtic lead the race to sign Middlesbrough Rhys Williams after Swansea City dropped their interest in the Australia central defender.

Full story: Daily Record

English League One club Coventry City are closing in on the loan signing of midfielder Dylan McGeouch from Celtic.

Full story: The Herald

Swedish club Gelfe expect a bid from Celtic for their 16-year-old Congolese-born forward, Tshutshu Tshakasua, who has represented Sweden Under-17s and has been on trial in Glasgow.

Full story: The Herald

Kaposvari Rakocz have told their 17-year-old striker, Mark Murai, who is due to go on trial with Celtic this month, they will not stand in the way of a move to the Scottish champions.

Brighton defender Vitalijs Maksimenko
Maksimenko joined Brighton from Skonto Riga in summer 2012

Full story: The Herald

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will make his return to international duty with Scotland against Poland in March after making his club comeback following a long battle against illness.

Full story: The Sun

Former Rangers director Dave King has expressed his concerns that decisions to cut costs likely to be made in the coming weeks will affect the League One leaders' ability to compete with Celtic when they eventually return to the top flight.

Full story: The Herald

Former Scotland striker Kenny Miller is expected to return to Vancouver Whitecaps for pre-season training this week despite continued speculation linking him with Rangers.

Full story: The Herald (print edition)

Barry Ferguson has put Kilmarnock striker and former Rangers team-mate Kris Boyd at the top of his transfer wish list after taking over as caretaker boss of Blackpool.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Kilmarnock have launched a bid for Latvia defender Vitalijs Maksimenko on loan from Brighton, where the 23-year-old has been out of the first-team picture.

Full story: Daily Express

Dundee are considering a bid for former Kilmarnock midfielder Danny Racchi, who has been training with the Dens Park club.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

St Johnstone are fighting to hang on to Stevie May after Peterborough United, who have made two attempts to land the striker this month, lodged a fresh bid of £500,000 for Scotland's leading scorer.

Full story: Daily Mail (print edition)

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has confirmed his interest in Livingston playmaker Stefan Scougall, but they could face competition from Peterborough United after their League One rivals renewed their interest in the player six months after a £150,000 transfer collapsed at the last minute.

Full story: The Herald

Adam King will become a Swansea City player by the weekend, but the 18-year-old midfielder will not be loaned back to Hearts after a £250,000 fee was agreed between the clubs.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Morton manager Kenny Shiels has continued his overhaul of his squad by releasing Slovakian defender Tomas Peciar.

Full story: Daily Record (print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray has reignited his feud with Roger Federer after he claimed the Swiss star tried to cover up hitting the ball after its second bounce during a crucial point in the Scot's Australian Open quarter-final defeat.

Full story: Daily Record

Gillian Cooke is considering quitting bobsleigh after the 31-year-old former world champion was denied the chance to chase an elusive Olympic gold in Sochi next month.

Full story: The Herald

Scotland will be "punching above its weight" at the Winter Olympics, with its athletes making up almost a third of the Great Britain team, officials have said after 18 were chosen as part of the 56-strong squad.

Full story: The Herald

Scottish Squash officials are considering a bid to bring the World Doubles event, which was due to be played in Malaysia in June but has been cancelled, to Glasgow just weeks ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Full story: The Herald

Rookie boxing pro Michael McGurk, 19, has earned an invitation to train with Celtic after winning his first professional fight in just 21 seconds.

Full story: The Herald

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