Scottish Gossip: Paterson, Dembele, Commons, McParland

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Cardiff City are preparing a bid to try and sign Hearts full-back Callum Paterson in the January transfer window, with the Tynecastle club only likely to sell the soon to be out of contract Scotland international if they receive an offer of at least £500k. (Daily Express)

After Moussa Dembele was named France's best young player of the year, Marseille have admitted that Celtic clinched the signing of the former Fulham man from under their noses. (Sun)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will delay a decision on the future of Kris Commons until the midfielder returns from a month-long loan spell at Hibernian. (Daily Mail)

Gary Mackay-Steven reckons fellow Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong would be a natural successor to Scott Brown as the club's captain. (Sun)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists any move to make Old Firm colt teams start life in the Lowland League would stifle young players' chances of becoming future Scotland stars. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile the Ibrox club's head of recruitment - Frank McParland - is wanted by Birmingham City as the English Championship side build new manager Gianfranco Zola's backroom staff. (Daily Record)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro accepts the booing that was heard from fans after the 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle, saying he would be more concerned if everyone was fine with drawing games at home. (Scotsman)

OTHER GOSSIP

Snooker star John Higgins admits Marco Fu was just too good for him in the Scottish Open final, with the Hong Kong player coming back from 4-1 down to beat the home favourite 9-4. (Sun)

Andy Murray made history by becoming the first person to lift the BBC Sports personality of the Years award for the third time - despite missing out on wife Kim's vote. (Daily Mail)