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RB Leipzig central defender Marvin Compper is set to undergo a medical with Celtic as he closes in on a £1m switch to the Scottish champions in the next 48 hours, according to German outlet Sportbuzzer. (Daily Record)external-link

Marvin Compper will arrive in Glasgow today to seal his £1m transfer to Celtic, the 32-year-old German defender having been given the go-ahead to quit RB Leipzig after crunch talks yesterday, and will put the finishing touches on a contract that will run until at least 2020. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Aberdeen, Hibernian and MK Dons will find out this week if their attempts to sign Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn have been successful as the 30-year-old former Pittodrie striker contemplates his future after leaving relegated South Korean club Gwangju. (Daily Express, print edition)

Dundee are taking steps to head off January interest in midfielder Mark O'Hara, who is out of contract at the end of the season, by securing the 22-year-old on a new deal, but frozen-out goalkeeper Scott Bain could be on his way out of Dens Park when the transfer window opens in a fortnight. (Evening Telegraph)external-link

Dundee have offered new contracts to midfielders Mark O'Hara and Paul McGowan, who are both out of contract this summer, but will make goalkeeper Scott Bain available for transfer. (Daily Express, print edition)

Gordon Strachan says his October departure from his job as Scotland head coach was not mutual and that he misses being in charge of the national team. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper (left) in action against Werder Bremen
Marvin Compper (left) is reportedly poised to leave RB Leipzig to join Celtic

Gordon Strachan has broken his silence on the decision to axe him as Scotland head coach and admitted he feels like a teenager whose heart has been broken. (Daily Record)external-link

Axed Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan says he could not watch the recent friendly against Netherlands because it was like seeing an ex-girlfriend with a new guy. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Former national head coach Gordon Strachan believes that no manager will ever get more out of the Scotland players than he did. (Daily Record)external-link

Scotland forward Steven Naismith, who has not played for Norwich City since August, says a return to Rangers would appeal as he considers his future. (The National)external-link

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths' second goal for Scotland against England in the 2-2 draw in June has been voted the best Scottish strike of 2017. (The Scotsman)external-link

Celtic captain Scott Brown has dismissed fatigue as a factor in his side's 69-game unbeaten domestic run coming to an end with a 4-0 defeat by Hearts on Sunday. (The Scotsman)external-link

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has incurred a one-match ban after being booked in Sunday's win over Celtic, but Hearts' top scorer will not serve his suspension until after the new year, meaning he is available for upcoming matches against St Johnstone, Hibernian and Aberdeen. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan has been talking about the pain of being sacked as Scotland head coach

Hibs have expressed frustration that some of their fans will be offered tickets in a "restricted view" section of Tynecastle's Roseburn Stand for the forthcoming Edinburgh derby against because the construction of Hearts' new main stand meant the previous Sky TV studio had to be moved. (The Scotsman)external-link

Hibs defender Darren McGregor went into hiding - watching the rest of the game in a TV studio instead of the stand - after being hooked at half-time in Saturday's rout by Aberdeen - for fear of taking pelters from gloating Dons fans. (Scottish Sun)external-link

St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar, who had been told he could leave McDiarmid Park, will now be staying after a return to form, according to manager Tommy Wright. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd has predicted that Steve Clarke could be lured away from Rugby Park by a larger club, including rivals in Scotland, if the manager continues to do well there. (The Herald)external-link

Scotland striker Ross McCormack, on loan to Melbourne City from Aston Villa, is awaiting tests amid fears his season could have been ended by a cruciate ligament injury. (Herald Sun)external-link

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo says the only positive to come out of Saturday's aborted game at Queen of the South was that none of his players received a serious injury before the game was abandoned at half-time because of the icy surface. (Evening Telegraph)external-link


Edinburgh Capitals are looking for a new coach after "reluctantly" agreeing to release Dmitri Khristich from his contract, the Russian having become increasingly frustrated and, after recent talks, suggesting to the ice hockey club's ownership that the team might benefit from another voice with a different approach.(Edinburgh Evening News)external-link