Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Kilmarnock, Lafferty, Tierney, Christie

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Kyle Lafferty has ruled out a return to Heart of Midlothian, with the 32-year-old Northern Ireland striker looking to continue his career abroad after helping Sarpsborg 08 escape relegation during his now expired short-term contract with the Norwegian top-flight club. (The Scotsman)external-link

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has promised the Ibrox club will not be making any panic buys during January as they look to challenge reigning champions Celtic and is poised to offload at least six players during the transfer window. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Manchester United have joined the race for Moussa Dembele, according to Le Parisien, as both they and Chelsea weigh-up offers of more than £40m for the Lyon striker for whom Celtic would receive a 10% sell-on fee. (Daily Record)external-link

Manchester City have signed 17-year-old Scotland youth winger Liam Smith from Kilmarnock for a fee of £200,000 amid rival interest from clubs including Liverpool and Rangers. (Daily Mail)external-link

Kilmarnock's Jamie MacDonald admits his loan spell with Alloa Athletic could be cut short by the Scottish Premiership club's new manager, Alex Dyer, but says he is perfectly happy with the Championship outfit if the Scotland assistant decides to stick with on-loan Juventus goalkeeper Laurentiu Bransecu. (The Herald)external-link

Scotland winger Ryan Fraser looks poised to move on as a free agent this summer with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted no progress has been made over a new contract for the 25-year-old. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has told Charlie Mulgrew he will not be recalled from his loan spell, opening the door to a permanent move to Wigan Athletic for the 33-year-old Scotland centre-half. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Rangers striker Zak Rudden, 19, is still waiting to learn if he will stay on loan with Plymouth Argyle for the rest of the season. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson hopes to conclude the £1m signing of former Motherwell midfielder Chris Cadden after the 23-year-old impressed as a right-back on loan from Columbus Crew. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Raith Rovers hope to nick forward Louis Longridge from League One title rivals Falkirk after the 28-year-old's short-term contract ended this month. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Canada winger Fraser Aird has been offered the chance to resurrect his career with former United States forward Landon Donovan's new club, San Diego Loyal, after being sacked by League Two leaders Cove Rangers despite issuing an apology after he was pictured making gestures towards Celtic supporters while in the Rangers fans' section during last month's Old Firm derby. (Daily Record)external-link

Anti-racism group Nil By Mouth has urged Celtic and Rangers to come together and condemn the sectarian abuse aimed at Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos after footage emerged on social media of an incident this month in Glasgow's Mitchell Street. (The Herald)external-link

Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has described the Scottish FA's decision to cite Ryan Christie for grabbing the genitals of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos as "crazy" and revealed he will be astonished if the Scotland midfielder is punished. (The National)external-link

Assistant manager John Kennedy believes Ryan Christie should be ready to return in "a matter of weeks" after the Celtic midfielder had groin surgery following December's defeat by Rangers. (Daily Record)external-link

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk is hopeful that Scotland striker Steven Fletcher has avoided major knee damage after being taken off on a stretcher during their FA Cup win over Brighton & Hove Albion. (Scottish Sun, print edition)

Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney faces a race against time to be fit for Scotland's Nations League play-off semi-final against Israel in March after dislocating his shoulder in a game against West Ham United last month. (The Herald)external-link

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