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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Scott Brown will decide his Scotland future following Celtic's hectic festive fixture schedule. The midfielder ended his international retirement to feature in last month's World Cup qualifying defeat against England.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Rangers are far from out of the Premiership title race this season, according to striker Kenny Miller. The forward says league leaders Celtic are unbeaten but not unbeatable. (Various)

Scott Brown in action for Scotland at Wembley
Brown ended his Scotland retirement to feature against England in last month's World Cup qualifier

"Don't concede early," is the message from Martin Canning to his Hamilton players ahead of facing Celtic in tonight's Premiership clash at Celtic Park. "If you concede early they will scent blood," says the Accies boss. (Various)

Meanwhile, Canning hopes to retain in-demand midfielder Ali Crawford until the summer with the Accies' playmaker tipped for a move to England. (The Herald)

Beating Rangers to second spot in the Premiership this season is Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes' target, according to Dons defender Andrew Considine. (Various)

Motherwell strikers Scott McDonald and Louis Moult - with 16 goals between them this term - can fire the Steelmen out of a relegation battle and into the top six, says 'Well team-mate Richard Tait. (Daily Record)

The SFA's performance director role is a poisoned chalice, according to former Scotland U-21s boss Billy Stark. However, Stark believes Malky Mackay has the credentials to succeed in the role. (Daily Record)

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee is happy to blood youngsters but is seeking greater consistency from his Fir Park squad this season. (The National)

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright says his St Johnstone side deserve credit for their draw at Pittodrie

Tommy Wright says his St Johnstone side deserve plaudits for holding Aberdeen to a goalless draw at the weekend. "Teams in the Premier League down south get praise lavished on them when they work hard to keep bigger clubs at bay," he said. "Do it here in Scotland and it is regarded as negative football, but it's not." (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers star Jonatan Johansson has been named assistant manager of Finland. (Scottish Sun)

Hearts will appeal against Jamie Walker's booking for simulation during Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox. (Daily Mail)

Derek McInnes fears he won't be able to retain all of his 12 out-of-contract Aberdeen players in the summer. "Hopefully we can get some sort of clarity in January with some of the lads," he says. (Daily Express)

Celtic assistant boss John Kennedy believes Brendan Rodgers is similar to former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill in that they both have an "aura and a presence". (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

John Hardie admits he faces a tough task to dislodge Hamish Watson from the Edinburgh and Scotland sides when he makes his comeback in the New Year. (Various)

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