Scottish Gossip: Kenny Miller, Robert Snodgrass, Henry Onyekuru, Aberdeen, Arnaud Djoum

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Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass can be a more complete player for West Ham United than Dimitri Payet, who left for Marseille. (Times)

Manager Brendan Rodgers hails the contribution of hat-trick hero Moussa Dembele in Celtic's 5-2 win over St Johnstone on Sunday. "We have obviously played without a number nine in these last few games but to have him in the team, you see the difference when you have that striker. Great finishes and great composure." (Daily Mail)

Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd is confident that Dembele, who has scored 23 goals so far this season, will continue to find the back of the net. "He'll get more than 30. There's no question of that. He's come back from injury full of enthusiasm and you can see how he continually puts himself in the right position," says Boyd. (Daily Mail)

Peter Odemwingie, the former Nigeria winger, will once again urge KAS Eupen's Henry Onyekuru to jump at the chance of a move to Celtic if the 19-year-old striker returns to him for advice in a few months' time. The Belgian club snubbed Celtic's advances for the Nigerian last month. (Daily Record)

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum helped Cameroon beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday
Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum helped Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon on Sunday

Striker Kenny Miller, 37, is still in the dark over his Rangers future despite holding talks with the Ibrox hierarchy in the hope of securing a new deal. His contract runs out at the end of the season. (Daily Record)

Former Wales and Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown has spoken of his battle with depression and admits that he thought of suicide. Brown is helping the PFA raise awareness of mental health issues in football. (Sun)

All three of Scotland's Europa League entrants will have to begin at the first qualifying round for the first time next season. Eight years ago the nation was ranked 10th and had six teams in Europe, but now Scotland is 25th in the Uefa country ranking list. (Daily Record)

Fresh from helping Cameroon win the Africa Cup of Nations, Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum says to follow it up with an Edinburgh derby win over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup would make it "an unbelievable week". "I will hopefully be back in training with Hearts on Thursday, and if the coach picks me I will be ready to play in the Scottish Cup match," says the 27-year-old. (Sun)

Morton's Ross Forbes, named the Ladbrokes Championship player of the month, hopes he and his team-mates can take advantage of the unease at Ibrox when they visit in the Scottish Cup at the weekend. The midfielder says: "We're going to Ibrox with belief we can cause an upset. We definitely have to try and get the crowd on their backs. It can work for us and against us in different ways." (Sun)

Morton's Ross Forbes was the Championship player of the month
Morton midfielder Ross Forbes was the Ladbrokes Championship player of the month

Celtic can increase their income from sponsorship and boost their chances of competing in Europe as a result by following the lead of Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City and buying clubs in other continents. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Prop Zander Fagerson warns Scotland need to cut down on errors and deliver 80-minute performances if they are to challenge for the Six Nations title. Vern Cotter's men play France in Paris this weekend. (Scotsman)

Scotland probably won't win the Six Nations and a Grand Slam is surely beyond them, but the weekend showed that the team are playing a dynamic game that is winning fans everywhere. (National)

Former Scotland full-back Chris Paterson remembers the day a teenager by the name of Stuart Hogg ran rings around him in a game of touch rugby at a camp run by coach Richie Gray at Borders College - and thinking "this kid could be a star". (Scotsman)

Should Scotland centre Mark Bennett decide to take up a deal to play in Edinburgh, he will follow a pattern of players who moved from Glasgow Warriors to the capital for a "near-guaranteed" starting spot. (

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