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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is unlikely to be play against Barcelona. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths is unlikely to be play against Barcelona. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

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Leigh Griffiths looks likely to be ruled out of Celtic’s next Champions League clash with Barcelona and England eye up Hoops’ wonderkid Karamoko Dembele.

Leigh Griffiths set to miss Barca tie with hamstring injury

David Moyes has expressed interest in the Scotland job. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

David Moyes has expressed interest in the Scotland job. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Celtic saw their satisfaction at moving 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership table tempered by the news Leigh Griffiths looks likely to be ruled out of their Champions League showdown with Barcelona on Wednesday night. (The Scotsman)

David Moyes: I want the Scotland job

David Moyes has confessed he has got an ambition to be the Scotland manager.

Moyes was strongly linked with the post in the aftermath of the 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to England at Wembley.(The Sun)

Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele set to play for England Under-16s

England are set to snatch Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele - despite the 13-year-old starring for Scotland last month.

Schoolboy Dembele burst on the scene in October when he played for Celtic’s Under-20 side. (Daily Record)

‘Signs’ that Rangers are getting ‘back to their best’

Rangers full-back James Tavernier is confident they can kick off a run of victories against Dundee. (The Scotsman)

Robbie Neilson backs Gordon Strachan’s continuity for Scotland

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has spoken out in support of Gordon Strachan, saying he is happy to see him stay on as Scotland boss and claiming his removal would have served little purpose.

“I know there’s been a lot of negativity about Scotland.

“But it’s important that we keep some continuity there with Gordon.

“He’s a good coach, probably the best for the job at the moment – and it’s a tough job.” (The Scotsman)

- Callum Paterson echoed the Hearts boss when he insisted that Scotland players view Gordon Strachan’s decision to stay as a “massive positive”. (Evening News)

Hearts coach wants Djoum and Rherras at African Cup of Nations

Robbie Neilson talks excitedly about the prospect of Hearts players Arnaud Djoum and Faycal Rherras performing at the African Cup of Nations, even though he may lose them for vital league matches against Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell.

The tournament takes place in Gabon from January 14 to February 5, with Djoum and Rherras hoping to be included in the Cameroon and Morocco squads respectively.

Depending on each nation’s progress, they could be unavailable for those three Hearts fixtures following the Premiership’s winter break. (Evening News)

Chris Sutton: The SFA are “weak” and “spineless”

Former Celtic star Chris Sutton has blasted the SFA for refusing to sack Gordon Strachan - branding them “weak” and “spineless”. (Daily Record)

Ian Durrant after QoS post

Ian Durrant is a shock contender for the vacant Queen of the South job.

The Rangers legend is one of the names in the frame to take over from Gavin Skelton. (The Sun)

Neil Lennon: Winning next two games crucial in title bid

Neil Lennon has urged Hibs to win their next two games and put themselves in “a very healthy position”.

The Ladbrokes Championship leaders face Queen of the South at home today before travelling to Tannadice on Friday week to take on their closest title rivals Dundee United, who currently sit just one point behind them in the table. (Evening News)

Hibs star backs Hanlon and McGregor for Scotland call

For those searching for an answer to Scotland’s defensive woes, Fraser Fyvie says there is a simple solution.

The Hibs midfielder believes that the men who could make a difference are plying their trade in Leith. (The Scotsman)

Maddison tells Caley there will be no final complacency

Aberdeen midfielder James Maddison has warned Inverness they will be mistaken if they assume today is a good time to play the Dons. The Betfred Cup finalists make the trip along the A96 eight days before they run out at Hampden against Celtic. (The Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

-St Johnstone should be targeting a top-three finish, according to defender Richard Foster.

-Partick Thistle winger Steven Lawless is eager to get back to action at former workplace Fir Park after recovering from hernia surgery.

- Ross Callachan knocked back interest from the Premiership to pen a new deal at Stark’s Park because he reckons he’ll reach the top flight with Raith Rovers.

- Mark Kerr admits today’s clash with Ayr United is a must-win for Falkirk if they wanting to be fighting for the title at season’s end.

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