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There was no formal bid to Celtic from Chelsea for Moussa Dembele before last night's transfer deadline despite reports circulating from French media sources suggesting that the Premier League leaders had tabled a £40m offer for the 19-year-old striker.(The Herald)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele tweeted a photo of Leonard DiCaprio delivering the "I'm not leaving" speech from the Wolf Of Wall Street movie, with him in a similar pose above, amid reports he was the subject of a late transfer bid from Chelsea.(The National)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte missed out on signing 34-year-old Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, forcing him to block Asmir Begovic's £10m switch to Bournemouth. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic will reward Craig Gordon for remaining with the Scottish champions despite two £3m-plus bids from Chelsea by offering the Scotland goalkeeper with a pay rise via a new contract within the next 48 hours. (The Sun, print edition)

Blackburn Rovers are awaiting approval from the Football League as to whether their attempt to sign Celtic central defender Efe Ambrose on loan has been successful after the 11pm deadline passed without the deal being confirmed. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Efe Ambrose outside Celtic Park
Efe Ambrose is still waiting to hear if he has moved to Blackburn from Celtic

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he was pleasantly surprised there were no late offers for winger Barrie McKay and hopes to agree a contract extension to keep the 22-year-old beyond the 18 months remaining on his current deal.(Daily Express)

Rangers plan to start talks with midfielder Barrie McKay over a new contract later this week. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has questioned Cardiff City's desire to sign Jonny Hayes after the Scottish Premiership club rejected three modest bids for the winger during January, the Championship club's top offer being £600,000. (Daily Express, print edition)

Sheffield Wednesday are waiting to hear if their attempt to sign Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough has been successful, with Premier League and Football League officials still to confirm whether the loan move pending a permanent transfer this summer was completed before the transfer deadline.(Sheffield Telegraph)

Andrew Robertson's former club, Dundee United, missed out on a £1m windfall after Hull City decided to reject a £10m offer from Premier League rivals Burnley for the Scotland left-back. (Daily Record)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman refused to permit the £15m sale of Glasgow-born Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy because he sees the 26-year-old as a key part of his long-term plans, with Newcastle United among those who were interested.(Daily Mirror)

Scotland Under-21 midfielder Ryan Gauld, who had been on loan to Vitoria, will have to remain at Sporting Lisbon to fight for his place after a proposed loan switch to Chaves fell through. (Daily Record)

Despite Hearts signing nine new players during January, including several on short-term contracts, club ambassador John Robertson is adamant the Premiership club's stated player development philosophy is still on course.(The Scotsman)

New Hearts signing Esmael Goncalves says he is a changed man since head coach Ian Cathro warned the striker needed breathalysing before training with Rio Ave and assistant Austin MacPhee resorted to dragging the Portuguese man along to a family party so that he could keep an eye on him and prevent him sabotaging his debut for St Mirren. (The Scotsman)

Rangers winger Barrie McKay
Rangers manager Mark Warburton was surprised there were no bids for Barrie McKay

Jak Alnwick, who has signed for Rangers from Port Vale, hopes to emulate former Newcastle United team-mate and fellow goalkeeper Fraser Forster's success in Scottish football with Celtic.(The Herald)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has revealed that manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side, who are unbeaten domestically this season, to set a record that will never be broken. (The Sun)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton, responding to suggestions that relations with club chairman and major shareholder Dave King have become strained, has stressed the importance of the Ibrox club remaining realistic with their objectives.(The Herald)

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne says the overhaul of the pro-youth set-up proposed by the Scottish FA's Project Brave will end the "very cosy and unreal environment" that has prevented young players being prepared for the mental and physical demands of senior football. (The Herald)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald made two offers for attacking players towards the end of the transfer window that were rejected, but he insists he is still happy with his squad.(The Herald)

Omar Bogle, a 23-year-old striker who was on Celtic's books as a youth, has signed for Wigan Athletic from Grimsby Town for more than £1m. (Daily Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Rugby League Scotland chairman Keith Hogg has welcomed the prospect of a major investor seeking to help set up a professional team in Scotland and will meet with the businessman next month to discuss plans.(The Herald)

The severity of WP Nel's neck injury became clearer with news that the Scotland tighthead prop has had to have surgery and the South Africa-born forward, who had already been ruled out of the Six Nations, now faces a period of rehabilitation that will likely rule him out of Lions selection. (The Scotsman)

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