Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Hibernian, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock

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Timothy Castagne, who scored as Atalanta beat Juventus 3-0 in the Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday, has hinted he would be interested in a summer move to Celtic. (Sun)external-link

Hibernian dramatically withdrew a six-month offer to Efe Ambrose that would have seen the Nigerian defender return to Easter Road. (Daily Record)external-link

Aberdeen were interested in signing former Hibernian midfielder Brandon Barker, but shelved their interest after Gary Mackay-Steven said he wouldn't be leaving the club for New York in the January transfer window. (Daily Star - print edition)

The Dons were also keen to take former winger Jonny Hayes back to Pittodrie, but Celtic refused to let him leave. (Daily Star - print edition)

Stoke City and Middlesbrough both made offers for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna during the transfer window, but did not reach the Dons' asking price. (Daily Mail - print edition)

And Lewis Morgan knocked back the chance to move to Pittodrie because he wants to win the title with English League One side Sunderland. (Daily Record)external-link

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has told the Scottish FA to "do their own jobs", feeling they have passed on responsibility for certain decisions to former referees and managers. (National)external-link

And Clarke says the SFA do not like to admit when they are wrong. (Daily Mail - print edition)

Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy has earmarked Hearts goalkeeper Colin Doyle for an international call-up. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Andy Halliday says Rangers have no excuses not to lift silverware this season now that Alfredo Morelos has stayed at the club. (National)external-link

And the midfielder believes it will be a "failure of a season" if the Ibrox men do not win either the league or Scottish Cup. (Daily Record)external-link

New Hamilton manager Brian Rice will use Brian Clough as inspiration to help the Accies stay in the top flight. (Sun)external-link

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