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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Manchester United are tracking 19-year-old Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who is making his way back from a two-month lay-off with an ankle injury. United scouts have watched Tierney in recent months and the defender has also drawn interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Hibernian left-back Lewis Stevenson says promotion to the Premiership is the target for his team this season but he is confident Hibs have a "good enough squad" to retain the Scottish Cup. (Scotsman)

Rangers assistant manager David Weir believes even £100m would not guarantee reeling in Celtic as he stressed there was no quick fix available at Ibrox. Former manager Walter Smith is among those to have recently said the club should spend more in a bid to stop their dominant rivals closing in on 10 titles in a row. (Daily Mail)

Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson
Hibs defender Lewis Stevenson plans to keep hold of the Scottish Cup trophy for a while longer

Weir recalls being signed by Smith in January 2007 as a 37-year-old. "I remember walking into a Rangers side which was shipping goals and getting slaughtered because they were basically hopeless and couldn't defend," he says. "Pretty much the same situation as now!" (Scotsman)

Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov claims his former club are so far ahead of their domestic rivals they can become the first Scottish club to win back-to-back trebles. (Daily Express)

Kilmarnock striker Souleymane Coulibaly can't wait to have a reunion with his best friend in football, Celtic's new midfielder Kouassi Eboue. Coulibaly plans to wind up his pal by showing him the 40-yard goal he scored against Celtic earlier this season over and over. (Daily Record)

Former Celtic and Scotland defender Derek Whyte, who moved to Dubai after being sacked as Partick Thistle manager 12 years ago, insists he would not return to football. He is enjoying his job selling parts for oil rigs. (Sun)

Christophe Berra holds off England's Raheem Stirling in the 3-0 defeat for Scotland at Wembley in November
Christophe Berra holds off England's Raheem Stirling in the 3-0 defeat for Scotland at Wembley in November

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has told Hearts he'd be "absolutely nuts" to let them have defender Christophe Berra on a January free transfer. McCarthy says he could invoke a contract clause to keep the Scotland international, 31, for another 18 months. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Asked by the post-match on-court interviewer if Lady Murray was happy with his new status as a sir, Andy Murray, referring to her rare emotional outburst during his 2015 match at the Australian Open against Tomas Berdych, jokes that there could be "no more swearing during my matches for those of you that saw that a few years ago". (Daily Mail)

Ahead of his second-round match in Melbourne against 19-year-old Andrey Rublev, Murray, 29, admits: "When I first came on the tour I literally knew everyone because I watched loads on TV when I was a kid. I'd also grown up with players in Futures or the juniors. Now there's a bunch of guys I don't know because of the generation gap." (Daily Telegraph)

Adrien Broner says he is willing to fight WBA super-lightweight champion Ricky Burns in Scotland. "I would love to face Ricky Burns and most definitely you could get me to the UK. Make my numbers right and we will have one hell of a fight," says the American. (Daily Record)

Olympic finalist Beth Potter, who has quit her teaching job in London to dedicate herself to full-time training in Leeds, has drawn up a route map towards Tokyo 2020 - but as a triathlete rather than in the 10,000m. (Herald)

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