Scottish Gossip: St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs, Celtic, Rangers

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Aberdeen have agreed a three year deal to sign David Bates from Hamburg. The Scottish international is due to arrive at Cormack Park today to finalise the move. (Daily Record)external-link

Aberdeen are also lining up a loan move for Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff, after completing the move to bring Marley Watkins back to Pittodrie on Thursday. (Evening Express)external-link

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson hit out at LASK boss Dominik Thalhammer after his side's 2-0 in the Europa Conference League play-off. He said: "Their coach made a comment last week about us being 'disgusting' and I let it go because maybe it got lost in translation. But having been there tonight, I now know that wasn't right." (Herald)external-link

And Saints' cup-double winning boss Davidson said he was surprised a German official was chosen for their game against Austrians LASK. He said: "That's like us getting an Irish or a Welsh one. I told my staff beforehand to be careful with the officials, because they and the Austrians would understand each other." (Scotsman)external-link

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is targeting a new centre-back, another forward and a goalkeeper if possible before the end of the transfer window. (Scotsman)external-link

Jack Ross will be "surprised and disappointed" if Hibernian don't bolster their squad before transfer window closes. (Scotsman)external-link

Kyogo Furuhashi may be a doubt for Celtic's trip to face Rangers on Sunday after picking up a knock against AZ Alkmaar. (Herald)external-link

Rangers are set to bolstered by "four or five" players in a huge boost ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby. (Sun)external-link

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