Scottish Gossip: Michael O'Neill, Scotland, Rangers, Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs

Football gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Sunderland are set to make a move for David Bates as Rangers risk losing their central defender on the cheap. (Daily Record)external-link

The SFA fear Michael O'Neill is set to snub the Scotland job. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Aberdeen are weighing up a bid for Motherwell's Chris Cadden, and also eyeing a transfer window swoop for Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch. (Daily Record)external-link

David Bates in action for Rangers against Celtic
David Bates impressed after coming on as a substitute for Rangers against Celtic on 30 December

Bruno Alves will today decide whether he is ready to take a hefty wage cut and leave Rangers to sign for Italian Serie A strugglers Benevento. (Various)

Craig Levein infuriated Neil Lennon by claiming Hearts beating Hibs was the 'natural order'. (Various)external-link

Scotland expect a decision from Michael O'Neill today - with their chances of landing him as national team manager hanging in the balance. (Scottish Daily Mail, newspaper edition)

Alfredo Morelos is happy to stay at Rangers, according to his adviser. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers will demand a fee of around £10m before they consider doing a deal for striker Alfredo Morelos. (Herald)external-link

Kenny McLean will complete a £200,000 move to Norwich today, but the deal will see the midfielderloaned back to Aberdeen for the rest of the season. (Various)external-link

Chris Cadden in action for Motherwell
Could Motherwell's Chris Cadden be a replacement for departing Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean?

Partick Thistle are set to cap off a productive weekend by completing the signing of Bournemouth defender Baily Cargill today on a loan deal until the end of the season. (Herald)external-link

Hearts' Don Cowie reckons halting their Hibs hoodoo before it hit double figures is an even bigger result than stopping Celtic's invincibles run at 69. (Various)

Paul Hanlon reckons Hibs let themselves down on a day when they should have done more to stop Hearts from loosening their derby stranglehold. (Various)

Rangers manager Graeme Murty admits that he will give thought to handing the captain's armband to new signing Russell Martin while Lee Wallace remains on the sidelines. (Herald)external-link

MK Dons could turn to ex-Hibs boss Alan Stubbs as a replacement for the axed Robbie Neilson. (Daily Record)external-link

The death of young Hamilton Accies community coach Matt Craig has prompted a flood of tributes after he lost his battle with a long-term illness. (Daily Record)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Aberdeen will be in "strong contention" to host international rugby matches if the Kingsford development is given the go-ahead later this month, the sports governing body has said. (Press and Journal)external-link

Stuart Hogg believes Scotland can 'do some damage' in the forthcoming Six Nations after his return to action with Glasgow. (Scottish Daily Mail, newspaper edition)