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Celtic are keen on Norway striker Mohamed Elyounoussi, who helped Molde top the Scots' Europa League group, despite the 21-year-old having two years left on his contract and likely to command a fee of around £2m.(The Sun)

Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko, 24, snubbed Manchester United and Serie A clubs to seal a £1.5m transfer to Celtic from Midtjylland on Sunday. (Daily Record)

Danish midfielder Rasmus Falk's agent says Celtic are the front-runners to sign the 24-year-old from Odense Boldklu, where his contract expires in the summer, despite attracting the attention of a number of German clubs, French outfit Lille and Swedes Malmo.(The Herald)

Celtic face competition from Malmo, Lille, Brondby, Midtjylland and German clubs for the signature of Odense midfielder Rasmus Falk, who would cost a nominal fee in January as he is out of contract in the summer. (The Times, print edition)

Rangers hope to finalise the signing of St Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran and Brentford midfielder Tomani Diagouraga this week, with a £500,000 transfer agreed in principle with Saints and a similar deal likely with the English club. (Daily Express, print edition)

Molde's Mohamed Elyounoussi celebrates scoring against Celtic
Mohamed Elyounoussi scored for Molde against Celtic in this season's Europa League

Rangers defender Danny Wilson would welcome the signing of Michael O'Halloran from St Johnstone but says the Ibrox side can still win the title without the 25-year-old forward. (Daily Mail)

Midfielder Nicky Law has welcomed the imminent arrival of more new faces at Rangers, but the 27-year-old has insisted that whoever arrives faces a battle to get a first-team spot with the Scottish Championship leaders.(The Herald)

Nicky Law hopes to be the next player to be handed an extended contract at Rangers following new deals signed last week by fellow midfielders Andy Halliday and Jason Holt. (Daily Record)

Falkirk manager Peter Houston has declared Rangers the best team in the Championship after the chances of his side and those of Hibernian were damaged by their 1-1 draw on Sunday.(The Scotsman)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs is hoping to sign former Dundee captain Kevin Thomson, the 31-year-old midfielder having agreed his release from Dundee, this week. (Daily Record)

A bus full of Rangers fans had Celtic-mad former Hibernian and Partick Thistle midfielder Chic Charnley to thank for ensuring they saw Saturday's win over Livingston at Ibrox, the 52-year-old being the driver of the taxi that arrived after a breakdown.(Daily Record)

Scotland forward Steven Naismith, 29, will have a medical at Norwich City on Monday ahead of an £8m transfer from Everton to Norwich City. (The Sun)

Odense midfielder Rasmus Falk (left) in training
Rasmus Falk (left), of Odense, is being linked with a move to Celtic

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has placed a £14m value on Andy Robertson to ward off interest in the 21-year-old Scotland left-back. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, speaking after a 3-2 win away to Ross County, thinks his side possess the skills required to push for the Scottish Premiership title. (Daily Express, print edition)

Derek McInnes has angrily denied that his Aberdeen players lack the bottle for the big occasion following recent disappointments in both the Premiership and Scottish Cup.(Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Head coach Gregor Townsend has refused to blame Tim Swinson's yellow card - for aiming a punch five minutes from time - for Glasgow Warriors' last-gasp defeat by Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens that ended their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.(The Scotsman)

World number one Novak Djokovic believes Andy Murray would be right to fly home for the birth of his first child during the Australian Open - even if it left the tournament without a final - and would do the same himself. (The National)

Andy Murray, who is seeded to face holder Novak Djokovic in the final, has admitted he will have to play the tennis of his life to finally claim the Australian Open title, having lost four times in the final, including last year to the Serb.(Daily Record)

Andy Murray's first-round opponent at the Australian Open, German 18-year-old Alexander Zverev, has added two stone of extra muscle in the last year thanks to help from the Scot's former conditioning coach, Jez Green. (The Guardian, print edition)

Former world number one Roger Federer has been giving tips on how to beat Andy Murray to Alexander Zverev, the Scot's 18-year-old first-round opponent at the Australian Open. (Daily Telegraph, print edition)

There will be two all-Scottish finals at the World Indoor Championships in Norfolk, with Alex Marshall and Julie Forrest facing Darren Burnett and Katherine Rednall in the mixed pairs, while Burnett teams up with Stewart Anderson to play international colleagues Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker in the men's pairs. (The Scotsman, print edition)

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