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Celtic manager Ronny Deila says Kris Commons will have to buy new boots after the midfielder threw his footwear into the crowd following the victory over Hamilton, in what looked like a goodbye to the club's fans. Deila insists the player will not be leaving in January. (Sunday Mail)

And Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson is desperate for Commons to stay so he can continue learning from him. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic manager Deila has confirmed he is interested in signing Israeli winger Tal Ben Haim. (Scottish Sun)

Walter Smith believes Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has what it takes to be a future boss of Rangers, although he says the 43-year-old is at a "terrific club" and will want to "cement" his reputation there. (Sunday Mail)

Kris Commons
Kris Commons showed his appreciation to the Celtic fans in the wake of the win over Hamilton

And Smith has urged Aberdeen to embrace their position as title challengers. (Sunday Mail)

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor faces a month on the sidelines due to an injury he picked up in the 3-3 draw with Dundee. (Various)

Dons midfielder Ryan Jack was "gutted" to have dropped points at home to Dundee, despite having come back from 3-1 down to earn a 3-3 draw. (Sunday Mail)

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander has revealed his disappointment at being booed by Rangers fans on Friday night, insisting he loved playing for the Ibrox club and did not want to leave. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers shareholder Dave King will fly to Glasgow in the next few weeks to try to push through his plans for regime change at the Ibrox club. (Mail on Sunday)

Murdo MacLeod believes stand-in Rangers manager Kenny McDowall has what it takes to secure the job on a permanent basis. (Mail on Sunday)

Interim Hamilton player-coach Martin Canning says he is unsure if he wants the job on a full time basis, and won't consider it until he is asked. (Sunday Mail)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson likes playing on artificial surfaces more than grass ones. (Sunday Mail)

St Johnstone defender Dave Mackay admitted he was to embarrassed to celebrate his goal against Partick Thistle because it took such a huge deflection on its way in. (Sunday Mail)

Craig Wighton
Dundee forward Craig Wighton has been tipped for big things by Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon

Partick manager Alan Archibald insists defender Stephen O'Donnell will not be sold in January, because his squad is so threadbare due to injuries. (Sunday Mail)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger Aaron Doran says the club should be targeting European football every season. (Scottish Sun)

Inter Milan, who face Celtic in the Europa League, were branded "useless" by manager Roberto Mancini after their 0-0 draw with Empoli. (Sunday Mail)

And Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he does not fear Inter, despite the Italians' signing of Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri. (Mail on Sunday)

Ex-Rangers forward Thomas Buffel knew the club were heading for financial troubles when they were reluctant to allow him to play his 100th game, because it triggered another payment to his former club Feyenoord. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes says some fans of the club will be disappointed if they only beat Rangers by two or three goals in the upcoming League Cup semi-final. (Scottish Sun)

And former Celtic manager Neil Lennon says the game against Rangers will change Ronny Deila's life, insisting the Norwegian simply has to find a way to win the match. (Sunday Herald)

Johnnie Beattie
Johnnie Beattie has backed Glasgow Warriors to secure a crucial win over Montpellier on Sunday

Brechin boss Ray McKinnon has tipped striker Craig Wighton to go on to star in the English Premier League after seeing the Dundee kid end his loan spell at City with a goal double. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish 800m runner Guy Learmonth says it it time he made the leap from contender to champion. (Sunday Mail)

Castres' Scottish star Johnnie Beattie is convinced Glasgow Warriors can beat Montpellier in the European Champions Cup on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)

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