Scottish Gossip: Van Dijk & Stokes linked with Celtic exits

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes he is on the brink of securing a £10m deal for defender Virgil van Dijk, which will go through even if Celtic make the Champions League group stage. (Daily Record)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley accused match officials of being killjoys after he was sent to the stand for celebrating a stoppage-time equaliser in last night's derby with Dundee United. (Various)

Leigh Griffiths reckons he could form a good partnership with fellow striker Nadir Ciftci even though Celtic boss Ronny Deila tends to favour one up top. (Various)

Burnley are closing in on a move for out-of-favour Celtic striker Anthony Stokes. Sun - subscription required

Jamie Langfield is expected to join St Mirren after the goalkeeper ended his 10-year stay at Aberdeen. (Various)

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson thinks John Collins was right to lament the standard of opposition in Scotland, even if the Celtic assistant's comments are disrespectful to other top flight teams. (Various)

And Neilson insists he will stick to a policy of chopping and changing his side to suit the opposition. Scotsman

Kilmarnock chairman Jim Mann wants a bigger top division, a winter break and can see no purpose for the late-season split. Herald

Kilmarnock player-coach Lee McCulloch reckons John Collins' much-publicised comments are "naive" and will fire up the Rugby Park side ahead of tonight's match in Ayrshire. (Daily Record)

Hamilton could miss out on a second player within a week due to red tape after Macedonian defender Gjoko Zajkov returned to French side Stade Rennais without a deal due to work permit problems. (Scotsman)

Liam Polworth admits he thought about leaving home town club Inverness CT over the summer but aims to make the most of the opportunity provided by an injury crisis at the club. (Daily Mail)

Jake Taylor want to use his loan period at Motherwell to help add to his one cap for Wales ahead of a possible place at Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)

Former Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton has agreed a deal until January with Queen of the South. (Various)

Raith Rovers' Lewis Vaughan is expected to miss six-to-nine months of action with a knee injury. The Courier

Former Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes Hibs are right to refuse to sell star midfielder Scott Allan to their Championship rivals. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

The international career of Chris Cusiter appears to be over after it emerged that the 33-year-old scrum-half has taken no part in preparations for the World Cup. (Various)

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