Rumour Mill: Commons keen for Hibs stay | Rangers fans left ticketless | Celtic bid to keep Roberts

Kris Commons is keen to stay on at Easter Road; Rangers fans have been left tickless in Germany after a luggage bungle; Celtic are in talks to keep Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts; plus more news and gossip in Sunday’s Rumour Mill

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Robert Snodgrass is wanted in China. Picture: Michael Gillen

Robert Snodgrass turns down £4m per year China move - report

Scotland international Robert Snodgrass has turned down a move to China, despite the offer of a potential £4 million per year pay packet.

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino speaks after the council meeting in Zurich which decided to expand the World Cup to 48 teams. Picture: Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP

SFA chief Stewart Regan welcomes expanded 48-team World Cup

Stewart Regan has welcomed ratification of controversial plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams 
starting from the 2026 tournament, likely to be held in North America.

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Scott Brown returned for Scotland against England at Wembley and will decide on his international future after the winter break. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Kevin Thomson urges Scott Brown to keep playing for Scotland

Kevin Thomson is desperate for Scott Brown to keep playing
for Scotland and believes 
Gordon Strachan can persuade the Celtic captain to prolong his international career.

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Ryan Gauld was on loan at Vitoria from Sporting. Picture: SNS

Scottish prodigy Ryan Gauld victim of bizarre power move

Ryan Gauld has found himself the victim of a bizarre spat after being hastily recalled from a loan deal at Vitoria Setubal by his parent club Sporting Lisbon.

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Ryan Fraser celebrates after scoring Bournemouth's  third goal against Arsenal. Picture:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Craig Brown: Ryan Frasher wouldn’t let Scotland down

Alert to how annoying it was when other managers told him who to pick for Scotland, Craig Brown isn’t instructing Gordon Strachan what to do.

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Paul Hartley scored against Slovenia 12 years ago and is confident Scotland can beat them again in March. Picture: SNS.

Paul Hartley retains high hopes for Scotland and Scott Brown

Paul Hartley’s solitary goal for Scotland was worth savouring. A delicate, curled chip into the far corner, it sealed a win over Slovenia for Walter Smith’s side 12 years ago.

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Olivier Giroud of Arsenal scores his outrageous scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace at the  Emirates Stadium on New Year's Day.  Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Comment: When will Scotland’s scorpion king be revealed?

The new year has begun with an urgent inquiry. Forget the one about Celtic and whether they can win a treble and what’s more go unbeaten. Never mind the one about Gordon Strachan and whether he can pull off the impossible and get the national team to the World Cup. The question is this: whither Scotland’s scorpion?

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Scott Brown has said he will make a decision on his Scotland future after the winter break. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Paul Hartley: Scott Brown entitled to be picky over Scotland

Scott Brown has promised to make a decision about his Scotland future during the winter break and former team-mate Paul Hartley believes the midfielder has earned the right to be selective.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong impressed in the win over Rangers and is close to a Scotland call-up, according to his manager. Picture: Craig Watson/PA Wire

Brendan Rodgers tips Stuart Armstrong for Scotland call-up

The midfielder is yet to win a full Scotland cap but Brendan Rodgers believes born-again Stuart Armstrong has “everything needed” to play international football.

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Robert Snodgrass has been linked with a January move. Picture: Michael Gillen

Hull trigger contract extension for Robert Snodgrass

Hull City have triggered an extension in the contracts of six first-team players, including Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

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Talented 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele in action for Scotland.

Celtic boss’s U-turn on wonderkid Karamoko Dembele

Brendan Rodgers has altered his view on Celtic’s talented youngster Karamoko Dembele and claimed the 13-year-old could soon be knocking on the door of the first team.

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Scottish FA fined £15k by FIFA over poppies display

Scottish FA fined £15k by FIFA over poppies display

The Scottish Football Association has been fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,692) by world governing body FIFA following last month’s poppy row.

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Malky Mackay reached the top as a player. Here he is seen in action for Scotland v Estonia in 2004. 
Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Malk Mackay is out to prove himself for Scotland

While his wife, Pamela, queried whether he would not be better off pursuing another career, this course of action didn’t interest Malky Mackay. Football is all he’s known.

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan with new performance director Malky Mackay. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

New SFA man Malky Mackay has much to prove on and off field

These were not circumstances in which new performance directors tend to be introduced by the Scottish Football Association. A news satellite truck was parked outside Hampden Park, reporters jostled for elbow room inside the media centre where Malky Mackay was due to carefully pick his words.

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Malky Mackay is announced as the new Scottish FA performance director. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Malky Mackay insists SFA role is for the long term

Malky Mackay was installed as new performance director at the Scottish Football Association yesterday and quickly pledged to stay for at least five years – if he is still wanted.

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Stewart Regan has defended the hiring of Malky Mackay as new performance director. Picture: PA

SFA: Malky Mackay will be ‘force for good’ on equality & diversity

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan claims Malky Mackay can be a “force for good” in Scottish football’s equality and diversity programme after appointing him as performance director.

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Malky Mackay has been announced as the new SFA performance director. Picture: PA

Malky Mackay ‘immensely proud’ to be new SFA performance director

Malky Mackay has been announced as the Scottish Football Association’s performance director.

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Malky Mackays downfall as Cardiff manager continues to haunt him, brought about by texts from and to head of recruitment Ian Moody. Picture: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: SFA brave or foolish to appoint Malky Mackay?

Brave. It’s a word we associate with Scottish football heroes of the past. The Dave Mackay kind, the Jim Holton kind, the filling-in-at-full-back kind when Eric Caldow breaks his leg.

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Poppy armbands were worn by both Scotland and England players during the match. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Scotland avoid points deduction | Celtic want Dortmund midfielder | Rangers move for MLS star rejected

Scotland and England to be fined for poppy display but avoid points deduction, Celtic to make move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder, and Rangers have enquiry about MLS striker dismissed out of hand.

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