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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky will sign a pre-contract agreement with Rangers in January if the Ibrox club do not offer Wes Foderingham a new contract or the Englishman decides to move on after playing just six league games since Allan McGregor returned to the Scottish Premiership outfit in 2018. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Manager Derek McInnes says Aberdeen will trigger a clause to sign permanently left-back Greg Leigh, who has been on loan from Breda, and have opened talks with Atlanta United to extend forward Jon Gallagher's loan beyond January. (Daily Record)external-link

Hibernian have spoken to Jack Ross, recently sacked by Sunderland, and former Stoke City boss Nathan Jones has also been approached about the head coach vacancy with the Scottish Premiership club. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has emerged as a candidate for the vacant Hibs job as the club whittle down their shortlist. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Former St Mirren and Sunderland manager Jack Ross will hold talks with both Hearts and Hibernian next week about their managerial vacancies. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Hearts failed in a bid to talk to Derek Adams about their manager vacancy because the 44-year-old former Ross County and Plymouth Argyle boss had already agreed to take over at English League Two outfit Morecambe. (Scottish Sun)external-link

St Johnstone's Tommy Wright and Motherwell's Stephen Robinson are on a list of possible targets to be the new Northern Ireland manager with Stoke City having made an approach for present national manager Michael O'Neill. (Daily Express, print edition)

Northern Ireland will target St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, their former international goalkeeper, to replace Michael O'Neill, who is poised to be confirmed as the new Stoke City boss. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Left-back Kieran Tierney has backed Arsenal's decision to ask for him to be omitted from the Scotland squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan, saying that a rest after playing two games in a week for his club as he returns from long-term injury will help him be fit for the Nations Cup play-offs in March. (Evening Times)external-link

Celtic face fresh Uefa sanctions after fans set off flares ahead of kick-off in their Europa League game against Lazio in Rome on Thursday. (Evening Times)external-link

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham says his stoppage-time winner against Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico was the biggest moment of his career - then predicted his side are capable of winning the Europa League this season. (Evening Times)external-link

Scotland are just one spot away from securing two Champions League places for the 2021-22 season after Thursday's Europa League wins for Celtic and Rangers. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Celtic captain Scott Brown says Celtic's 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome ranked alongside the best European results of his entire career. (The Herald)external-link

Lee O'Connor, the 19-year-old defender signed by Celtic this summer from Manchester United, has earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior team for their friendly against New Zealand despite not yet making a first-team appearance for the Scottish champions. (Daily Record)external-link

Club 1872's bid to become Rangers' fourth largest shareholder in a £500,000 deal has been approved by members. (The Scotsman)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray's battle to recover from a career-threatening hip injury will be laid bare in a new documentary in the former world tennis number one's own words. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Red Bull's Forth and Clyde Canal race, billed as the toughest open water swimming challenge in the UK, has surged to twice the size, with more than 1000 people set to don wetsuits for next year's Neptune Steps event. (The National)external-link

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