Old Firm, Hearts and Hibs keep tabs on League One winger, Neil Lennon identifies top January target, incoming Rangers signing in social media tease - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

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Thomas Robert celebrating after scoring for Airdrieonians against Livingston in the Betfred Cup. Picture: SNS

Celtic eye Robert

Celtic are keeping tabs on Airdrie winger Thomas Robert, son of former Newcastle United star Laurent, having watched the exciting 20-year-old in action for the Scottish League One side. Hearts, Hibs and Rangers are also said to be monitoring the player’s progress. (Scottish Sun)

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Osayi-Samuel top Celtic target

QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel is Neil Lennon’s number one signing priority in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old will soon be free to talk to other clubs with his contract expiring next summer and Celtic hope to use this leverage to get a transfer done next month. (Daily Mail)

Colombian youngster in Rangers tease

Juan Alegria has teased Rangers fans expecting the young Colombian to sign in the January transfer window with a picture on Instagram of the Glasgow landscape and the caption “great day”. Though he’s expected to join the Ibrox club, the picture doesn’t quite fit the profile of a December’s day in Scotland, which would suggest he hasn’t yet arrived. (Daily Record)

Gerrard ‘brought up to speed’ on Rangers-United rivalry

Steven Gerrard says he’s been “brought up to speed” on the rivalry that exists between Rangers and Dundee United since the Ibrox side’s financial meltdown in 2012 and trip through the lower leagues back to the top flight. (The Scotsman)

Concerns over Dembele development

There are concerns over the physical development and attitude of previously-touted Celtic ‘wonderkid’ Karamoko Dembele, whose contract expires at the end of the coming season. (The Scotsman)

Latest on Forrest return

James Forrest will not return in time for the next Old Firm clash, revealed Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who isn’t expecting to have the player back until the end of January at the earliest as he continues to rehab a stress fracture in his ankle. (The Scotsman)

Duffy ‘caught out’ by Scottish football

Fellow countryman Alan Power believes Shane Duffy has been “caught out” by the speed and intensity of Scottish football as he dismissed suggestions the weight of expectation of playing for his boyhood heroes was too much for the Irish international. (The Scotsman)

Neilson plans pre-final scouting mission

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson will take in Celtic’s match with Kilmarnock this afternoon in person to scout them ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup final. (Evening News)

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