Reports of done deal between Celtic and Eddie Howe 'premature', Hoops scout Scottish Cup semi-final star, Brendan Rodgers steps up interest in former player - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Sunday’s Scottish football news and gossip.

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is the front-runner to be next Celtic boss. Picture: SNS

Rodgers heightens interest in Edouard

Brendan Rodgers will step up his pursuit in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as the Leicester City boss looks to recruit his former Parkhead favourite for next season’s renewed assault on the top four of the English Premier League. (Daily Record)

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Howe to Celtic reports ‘premature’

Reports saying Eddie Howe to Celtic is a done deal and the former Bournemouth manager will be unveiled later this week are wide of the mark. Talks are ongoing but no agreement has yet been reached. (Daily Mirror)

Celtic to watch McCann

Celtic will have scouts watching St Johnstone star Ali McCann during today’s Scottish Cup semi-final between the Perth side and St Mirren. The 21-year-old has been a regular stand-out in each of the last two seasons since breaking into the starting XI. (Daily Record)

Nisbet hits back

Kevin Nisbet hit back at former Hibs player and manager John Collins’ accusations of ‘laziness’ after he produced a performance that helped ease Hibs into the Scottish Cup final. (Evening News)

Doig in no rush

Scottish football writers' Young Player of the Year award winner Josh Doig insists he’s in no rush to leave Hibs after a breakout debut season at Easter Road. (The Scotsman)

McNulty open to United stay

Dundee United striker Marc McNulty admits he would consider another spell at Tannadice if he’s not part of Reading boss Veljko Paunović's plans. (The Scotsman)

Injury headache for Clarke

A bruising end to the English Championship season has left Scotland boss Steve Clarke with a Euro 2020 sweat after two of his frequent squad members limped out of their final league games. Most concern centres on midfielder Kenny McLean, though striker Lyndon Dykes also suffered a knee injury in the first half of Queen’s Park Rangers’ win over Luton Town. (The Scotsman)

New deal for Bryson

St Johnstone announced on the eve of their Scottish Cup semi-final clash with St Mirren that veteran midfielder Craig Bryson has signed a new one-year deal with the club. (The Courier)

Villa ahead of Man U in chase for United kid

Aston Villa are leading the chase to sign highly-rated Dundee United centre-back Kerr Smith despite Manchester United also showing an interest in the 16-year-old. (Scottish Sun)

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