Scottish Gossip: Uefa plots new tournament, Dembele, Celtic, Morelos, Rangers,

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Celtic forward Moussa Dembele's future at the club is hanging in the balance with manager Brendan Rodgers preparing for talks with the striker before the Scottish transfer window closes at midnight on Friday. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Rodgers is adamant Dembele will not be allowed to leave Celtic on Friday if the Scottish champions remain unable to find a replacement. (Scotsman)external-link

And Rodgers also insists Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata, 27, will not be sold on transfer deadline day. (Sun)external-link

Manager Ray McKinnon is set to leave Morton after just three months in charge to take over at Championship rivals Falkirk.(Falkirk Herald)external-link

Uefa is plotting to introduce a third competition to sit alongside the Champions League and the Europa League, according to reports. The heads of European football want to bring in the new tournament to give more clubs from smaller nations the chance to play on the continental stage. (Sun)external-link

Dynamo Kiev are lining up a transfer deadline day bid of £7m for Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos, while Bordeaux may rekindle their interest in the Colombian, 22. (Daily Mail)external-link

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hopes the club are handed a tough Europa League group-stage draw on Friday after his side beat Ufa on aggregate in the play-off round. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

Gerrard insists he trusts Morelos to handle Sunday's visit to Celtic Park and says the Rangers forward, who was sent off against Ufa, will start against city rivals Celtic. (Sun)external-link

However, the Rangers boss said of Morelos: "He needs to help me now, he needs to really not get involved and just focus on his football." (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, who scored his 100th goal for the club in Thursday's Europa League play-off win over Suduva, wants to agree a new contract and take his tally to 150. (Herald - subscription required)external-link

Harold Moukoudi, 20, who was linked with Celtic at the weekend, is set to sign for Aston Villa on loan from Le Havre ahead of a potential £10m January deal. (Mirror)external-link

Ex-Celtic and Scotland midfielder John Collins says Hampden is "finished" and believes former players should play a part in the decision-making process regarding the national stadium's future. (Sun)external-link

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