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Hearts are likely to bid again for Dundee United's John Souttar after having a first offer of more than £100,000 rejected for the 19-year-old defender, with the Scottish Premiership club keen to complete a deal this month.(Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Hearts' offer for defender John Souttar, which was rejected by Dundee United, was only £60,000. (The Sun, print edition)

Hearts' initial offer for Dundee United defender John Souttar was significantly lower than the £100,000 figure reported elsewhere.(Daily Record)external-link

Scottish Championship outfit Livingston are poised to sign 20-year-old out-of-favour Dundee United midfielder Charlie Telfer on loan. (The Sun, print edition)

Ljuban Crepulja has not given up hope of securing a move to Celtic despite the 22-year-old Croatian midfielder's trial period with the Scottish champions being cut short this week after current club Slaven Belupo insisted he returned home to prepare for their first friendly match following their mid-season break.(The Scotsman)external-link

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has insisted the Scottish champions will not be railroaded into making panic buys before the transfer window closes and could wait until the summer to add to his squad. (Daily Record)external-link

Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts
Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts is being linked with a loan move to Celtic

Manchester City are unwilling to allow winger Patrick Roberts to leave beyond the summer on loan to Celtic, who had hoped to secure a 12-month or 18-month deal for the 18-year-old. (The Times, print edition)

Kit Symons, who was Patrick Roberts' manager at Fulham, says Celtic will be signing a mini-Messi should they secure the winger on loan from Manchester City as his style resembles the Argentina and Barcelona forward. (Daily Express, print edition)

Rangers are in talks to sign winger Mekhi Leacock-McLeod as replacement for Nathan Oduwa, who has returned from his loan to Tottenham Hotspur, after the 19-year-old who has already had a trial at Ibrox was told he has no future at Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Daily Express, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is to seek clarification from the Scottish FA on acceptable forms of goal celebration as he struggles to comprehend Andy Halliday's controversial dismissal for a second yellow card against Greenock Morton. (The Scotsman)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton claims that officials told him that Andy Halliday's gesture of celebration after the Ibrox side's second goal against Greenock Morton could have incited "a riot or trouble".(Daily Record)external-link

Manager Mark Warburton has tipped Rob Kiernan to follow in the footsteps of Davie Weir by making it big in the English Premier League despite Rangers being the 25-year-old Englishman defender's 12th club. (Daily Record)external-link

Kilmarnock have offered Gary Dicker a two-and-a-half year contract as the 29-year-old Irish midfielder tries to negotiate his release from Carlisle United. (Daily Express, print edition)

Carlisle United midfielder Gary Dicker could be a Kilmarnock player in time for Saturday's Premiership meeting with Hamilton Academical. (Daily Record) external-link

Former St Mirren midfielder and manager Tony Fitzpatrick is in talks to become the Scottish Championship club's new chief executive. (The Sun, print edition)

Gary Dicker in action for Carlisle United
Gary Dicker is reported to be close to a move from Carlisle United to Kilmarnock

Scottish manager Stuart Baxter has returned to South Africa, where he led Kaizer Chiefs to two league titles, to take charge of SuperSport United. (Times Live)external-link

The Scottish Professional Football League's plan to install facial recognition cameras at stadiums has suffered a setback after police watchdog HM Inspector of Constabulary in ­Scotland, Derek Penman, demanded a code of practice for the use of biometric data by officers.(Daily Record)external-link

Former Rangers and Scotland striker Duncan Ferguson, who is now a first team coach at Everton, has been declared bankrupt at the High Court. (Daily Record)external-link

Aston Villa supporters have hit back at the club's former assistant manager, Peter Grant, after he described fans as "delusional' in a BBC WM 95.6 interview.(Birmingham Mail) external-link

Linlithgow Rose captain Mark Tyrrell, the 32-year-old defender who missed Tuesday's Scottish Cup victory over Forfar Athletic because he was working night shift in a sausage factory, has two weeks to put in enough overtime in order to secure a day off to face Ross County in the fifth round. (Deadline News)external-link


England coach Eddie Jones' suggestion that Scotland are favourites for their Six Nations opener has been described as a "psychological lever" by riled rival coach Vern Cotter. (The Times)external-link

Andy Murray admits that off-court pressures - his wife is expecting their first child while his father-in-law suffered a health scare - have made him more tetchy on court as he progressed to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. (Daily Mirror)external-link