Friday's Scottish gossip

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Celtic are calculating whether to bring back Scott Brown early from injury as they face losing Charlie Mulgrew for about a month to receive an operation on his knee. (The Herald)

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says he would not criticise the club's fans if they press ahead with a boycott of home matches. (The Herald)

Mike Ashley is ready to become the front-runner in efforts to save the club from financial collapse. (Scottish Star)

Celtic have failed in their transfer deadline day bid to sign Barcelona forward Jean Marie Dongou because the terms of the loan deal were too long. (The Herald)

Virgil van Dijk will return from international duty on Saturday after convincing Celtic manager Ronny Deila that he is no longer thinking of a move away from the club. (Scottish Sun)

Ian Black says not being paid at Hearts when the club fell on to hard times was difficult, but he does not believe it will happen at Rangers. (Scottish Sun)

Cowdenbeath have taken Celtic defender Marcus Fraser on a 93-day emergency loan deal. (Scottish Sun)

Partick Thistle midfielder Gary Fraser could be out for the rest of the year with a knee injury sustained during the international break. (Scottish Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnstone is adamant that the row over player bonus levels will not affect performances on the pitch. (Daily Record)