Rumour Mill: Celtic target Ivan Mocinic | Leigh Griffiths back for Hearts | Shay Logan to stay at Dons

Shay Logan is staying put. Picture: SNS

Shay Logan is staying put. Picture: SNS

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Celtic are looking to move for Croatian Ivan Mocinic in January, Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths targeting Hearts comeback and Shay Logan staying put at Aberdeen.

Celtic set to lose out on Mocinic

Celtic look set to look out to Italian sides Lazio and Sampdoria in their bid to bring £2.5m rated Ivan Mocinic to Parkhead. The 22 year-old midfielder recently made his international debut for Croatia with Ronny Deila looking to make a move in the January transfer window. (Record)

Griffiths fit for Hearts clash

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is expected to be fit again for his side’s trip to Tynecastle on Sunday to take on Hearts. (Sun)

- Robbie Neilson believes his Hearts side are well placed to get a result against Celtic following their 0 - 0 draw achieved when they played Celtic last with only ten men.

Greg Kiltie is out of contract in January. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Greg Kiltie is out of contract in January. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hibs looking to tie up deal for Greg Kiltie

Hibernian are closing in on a deal to sign highly rated, young Kilmarnock winger Greg Kiltie.

The 18-year-old is out of contract in January and has rebuffed all attempts by the Ayrshire club to sign him to an extended deal.

Kilmarnock would be due a compensation fee for developing the player, though Hibs are expected to offer a couple of prospects instead - thought to be Sam Stanton and Jordon Forster. (Sun)

Shay Logan staying put at Aberdeen

Aberdeen defender Shay Logan will not be leaving Pittodrie next month.

Logan, who scored in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Kilmarnock, had been keen to return south of the border to be closer to his three children.

But manager Derek McInnes says the right back will be with the Dons for the remainder of the campaign. The 27-year-old has become a firm favourite with the club’s support since arriving at Pittodrie in January 2014. (Press & Journal)

SFA silence after Platini backing

The Scottish Football Association was left in an embarrassing position yesterday when the man it supported to be the next Fifa president, Michel Platini, was handed an eight-year football ban.

The Uefa president has been suspended from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation. (Scotsman)

Questions over Ronny Deila’s ability to turn Celtic around

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has been unimpressed by their “dull” play and questioned whether manager Ronny Deila can deliver the improvements needed in Europe.

After finishing bottom of their Europa League group, the Scottish champions have stuttered in the Ladbrokes Premiership. (Scotsman)

- Former Celtic coach Alan Thompson believes Ronny Deila has six weeks to rescue his job as the club’s manager (Record)

St Mirren look for late promotion rally

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour believes the Buddies can still make a late promotion push under new manager 
Alex Rae.

The former Rangers midfielder masterminded a 2-0 victory over Alloa on Saturday just 24 hours after taking up the job.

Gary Irvine’s Dundee career may be at end

Gary Irvine may have kicked his last ball for Dundee.

Making just his fifth start of the season, the 30-year-old fell awkwardly in a challenge in the 4-0 win over Hamilton at the weekend.

And manager Paul Hartley has confirmed that Irvine, who was stretchered off midway through the second half, has damaged his medial ligament in his knee.

Irvine faces months on the sidelines with his deal set to expire in May. (Dundee Courier)

Mark Burchill sacked as Livingston manager

Mark Burchill has been sacked as manager of Scottish Championship side Livingston.

The 35-year-old took control following John McGlynn’s departure last December and helped the club retain their status in the second tier.

However the Lions sit second bottom of the Championship table, three points adrift of eighth place St Mirren. (Various)

Stubbs ready for Rangers

Hibs manager Alan Stubbs says his side couldn’t be any more confident as they face up to play Rangers on Monday. (Sun)

- Hibs are looking to sign Kilmarnock youngster Greg Kiltie, 18, on a free in the new year

Dallas backs Collum

Hugh Dallas has described criticism of Willie Collum as “cruel and unjust” and that his reputation in Europe has never been higher.

Collum has come in for criticism for giving away two dodgy penalties during Rangers match against Falkirk. (Sun)

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