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New Hearts head coach Ian Cathro reveals that he spoke to Rangers in the summer of 2015 but says it would have been the wrong move at the time. (Sun)

Scotland no longer has a representative on the European Professional Football Leagues board, with SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster losing his seat on the 12-man panel after a vote. (Daily Record)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists the Joey Barton saga will not put him off signing another wayward talent. (Daily Record)

Derby are poised to make a £500,000 offer for Hearts full-back Callum Paterson, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Record)

Hibernian are considering a bid to sign Kris Commons on loan next month but any deal would depend on how accommodating Celtic are in terms of the 33-year-old's large salary. (Scotsman)

Hamilton owner Ronnie MacDonald says he has knocked back five offers to buy the club in the past eight years, with the most recent bid coming two weeks ago. (Sun)

Chris Burke is suffering from a debilitating viral illness, with Ross County unable to put a timeframe on the winger's return to good health. (Press & Journal)

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong says a taste of Champions League action has made him hungry for more. (Daily Mail)

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald reckons Celtic are so far ahead of their domestic rivals that even their second choice team could win the title. (Daily Record)

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko says remaining unbeaten in the Premiership is "a nice target" to aim for. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says his priorities for January are tying down Danny Swanson and Joe Shaugnessy on new contracts. (Sun)

Dundee defender James McPake
McPake is on the way back from a serious knee ligament injury

Dundee defender James McPake played 45 minutes of a development game yesterday as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury sustained last January. (Sun)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon is backing moves by Bonnyrigg Rose to have their Scottish Cup tie switched to Tynecastle next month. (Scotsman)

Malta's players and manager will be quizzed by Fifa over suspicious betting patterns in their 2-0 loss to Lithuania in Scotland's World Cup qualifying group. (Daily Record)

Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston is determined to keep coach John Potter, who has been linked with the manager's post at East Fife. (Daily Record)

Dumbarton manager Steven Aitken says he remains "totally committed" to his job following Scottish Cup defeat to junior side Bonnyrigg Rose. (Daily Express)

Scotland and Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam reveals his recent good form and improved stamina is down to a change in diet. (Daily Record)

Turkish TV pundit Yilmaz Vural said he would have punched Craig Thomson if he'd been manager of Besiktas after the Scottish referee's handling of their Champions League defeat to Dynamo Kiev. (Daily Record)