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Sporting Lisbon have agreed to let former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld go on loan but have ruled out a potential return to Scotland, with the Portuguese preferring a move to England or elsewhere on the Continent for the 20-year-old who has impressed in their B team.(Sunday Mail)

Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane, the 21-year-old who was targeted by Celtic in 2014 and is back on their radar, has admitted he is interested in the prospect of a move to the Scottish champions. (Sun On Sunday)

Carlos Mane has refused to rule out a switch to Celtic, but the Scottish Premiership leaders could still be thwarted in their bid to land the winger because Hertha Berlin and Middlesbrough have joined Monaco in expressing interest on a player Sporting Libson are willing to send out on loan with a view to a permanent £5m transfer.(Sunday Mail)

Celtic, along with Huddersfield Town and Reading, had representatives scouting Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw against Brentford, with Preston North End also interested in the 23-year-old rated at around £500,000. (Sunday People, print edition)

Anthony Stokes is likely to reject approaches from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United despite Celtic's preference that he goes on loan to another top-flight club, with the 27-year-old striker being more amenable to a move to Hibernian, while Cardiff City are also a possibility.(Sunday Post)

Hibernian have launched an attempt to beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle to the signing of striker Anthony Stokes on loan from Celtic. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane
Carlos Mane is quoted as saying he would be open to join Celtic from Sporting Lisbon

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has claimed the Scottish Premiership leaders will never get credit for being champions until Rangers are back in the top flight.(Mail On Sunday)

Brentford manager Dean Smith has warned Rangers will not get Toumani Diagouraga on the cheap, describing the Glasgow club's initial £100,000 offer for the 28-year-old midfielder as "way off the mark". (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

Mark Warburton says Rangers will be ready for the Europa League - if they win the Scottish Cup - with the manager believing the Scottish Championship leaders are capable of going all the way to the domestic final and bookmakers making them third favourites.(Sunday Mail)

Former Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock believes that Matt Crooks and Josh Windass, the midfielders who have signed pre-contract agreements to join Rangers, will be good enough for the Championship leaders should they win promotion because there are half a dozen English League Two sides who could hold their own in Scottish top flight. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Former Rangers striker Colin West, the first signing in the Ibrox revolution under Graeme Souness, believes he is watching a similar rebuild under current manager Mark Warburton.(Sunday Mail)

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw
Celtic are one of the clubs said to monitoring Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw

Marciej Gostomski, the Polish goalkeeper signed by Rangers last week, wants to become a hero to the Ibrox club in the way compatriot Artur Boruc was to city rivals Celtic. (Sunday Herald)

Former Celtic youth striker Greig Spence, who will face Rangers on Sunday for Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup, is aiming to beat the Ibrox side for a third season running, having helped Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic knock them out of the Ramsdens Cup.(Sunday Herald)

Martin Canning has vowed to press on as Hamilton Academical's manager despite his side crashing out of the Scottish Cup with a humiliating 4-1 defeat by League Two side Annan Athletic arriving on top of a run of only one win in 13 Scottish Premiership matches. (Sunday Mail)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has accused Hearts of cheating, trying to con the referee and get his players carded during a stormy end to the Edinburgh side's 1-0 win in the Scottish Cup.(Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors are pushing to install a 4G synthetic pitch at Scotstoun Stadium for the start of next season to end drainage problems that have caused a number of postponements, with Scottish Rugby willing to provide funding if given permission by Glasgow Life, the Glasgow City Council sporting arm that owns and manages the facility. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Cyclist Katie Archibald's preparations for this year's Olympics in Rio have been seriously disrupted after she rupturing a knee ligament. (Sunday Herald)

Andy Murray, four times a losing finalist, has headed to Melbourne with a growing feeling of confidence that this could be his year at the Australian Open because leading Great Britain to victory in the Davis Cup final has helped keep him match sharp ahead of the new tennis season.(Sunday Herald)

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