Friday's Scottish gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Championship leaders Southampton may offer up to £6m for Celtic striker Gary Hooper. (Daily Mirror)

Rangers are lining up a move for Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik, for whom GAIS will be entitled compensation. (Daily Record)

Estonian defender Enar Jaager, currently with Norwegian side Aalesunds, is another target for Ibrox manager Ally McCoist. (Sun)

And Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe could clinch a loan move to Ibrox. (Various)

But Rangers face competition for the signing of St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza, who will be watched by a group of English clubs when Saints host McCoist's side on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Celtic's head of youth Chris McCart has denied that the club have been snubbed by Airdrie United striker Ryan Donnelly. (Sun)

Hibernian want to sign striker John Sutton from Edinburgh rivals Hearts. (Daily Record)

Sutton is also a target for former club St Mirren but a loan bid from the Paisley club has already been turned down by Hearts. (Scotsman)

Meanwhile, Sutton's Tynecastle team-mate Ryan Stevenson could make a shock return to Ayr United. (Daily Record)

But Hearts manager Paulo Sergio remains confident of keeping midfielder Rudi Skacel beyond the end of his current contract, which ends this month. (Various)

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon claims he was the victim of anti-Irish abuse from home supporters during last week's Scottish Cup tie at Cowdenbeath and has urged Scotland's police to be as vigilant as the country's football authorities. (Various)

But Cowden have reacted angrily to Fenlon's claims, saying reports of abuse are "totally incorrect". (Scotsman)

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is still keen to bring Russell Anderson back to the club even if the defender is not fit for another two months due to a hamstring injury. (Daily Record)

Dundee manager Barry Smith has told free agent Calum Elliot he can join the Dens Park club if the striker is willing to play for free as he tries to seal a move to America. (Daily Record)

Falkirk have rejected a bid from Crawley Town for striker Farid El Alagui. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scottish Rugby are refusing to give up in their bid to include Welsh-born Steven Shingler in Andy Robinson's Scotland squad. (Various)

Boxer Scott Harrison is poised to make his comeback to the ring on the undercard of Ricky Burns' WBO lightweight title defence in Glasgow in March. (Daily Record)