Scottish football LIVE: Celtic Dubai row continues with First Minister warning, on-loan defender flies home; Rangers striker Roofe to meet former coach

The latest happenings in Scottish football throughout Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

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The row over Celtic’s trip to Dubai looks set to rumble on after the Scottish Government implemented new lockdown restrictions on the country.

The Hoops are due back from their break later this week ahead of a match with Hibs next Monday, but figures in authority have urged the SFA to investigate the trip – despite Celtic claiming they have done nothing wrong in travelling away.

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Of course there is also the little matter of the January transfer window, which will see a flurry of links, gossip and speculation as well as activity across Scottish clubs, both in and out – and again Celtic are in the headlines as it will be Neil Lennon calling the shots after receiving backing from Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond to remain in post.

Motherwell are also making move in the transfer market despite losing manager Stephen Robinson last week, and they’re also looking to replace their manager at some point – though interim and assistant Keith Lasley has first-team affairs for the next three matches.

Hibs don’t have their problems to seek either and they will be making moves to alleviate their goalkeeping issues over the next week – will the next 24 hours see any developments? They have until Monday to deal with Ofir Marciano’s injury and Dillon Barnes return back to London with Queen’s Park Rangers.

There will be plenty more to come across the day and across the country in Scottish football.

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Stoke eye Scotland internationalist

Stoke City are reportedly keeping tabs on Scotland full-back Stephen O’Donnell, according to the Daily Record

Rangers prospect Kai Kennedy will join Raith Rovers on loan for the second half of the season and looks set to sign a new deal at Ibrox, according to The Sun

DONE DEAL: Lions snap up Reilly

After being tipped for a return to Scottish football upon leaving Carlisle United, former Hearts and St Mirren forward Gavin Reilly has penned an 18-month deal with Livingston.

Gavin Reilly looks set for a move back to Scotland after departing Carlisle United.

Rangers winger Kai Kennedy will leave Inverness upon completion of his six-month loan deal.

The young winger has caught the eye in the Highlands and has been urged to sign a new deal at Ibrox by Steven Gerrard.

First Minister’s response

Nicola Sturgeon was asked about Celtic’s Dubai trip during her daily press conference

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I think there are things that should be looked into.

Elite sport has been in a  privileged position and as long as that is the case, it is really important they don’t abuse it and use it for the purpose intended. That applies to Celtic as it would anyone else in that position.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Ex-Killie man on the move

Canadian international Liam Millar has joined Charlton on loan from Liverpool.

The attacking midfielder had a loan spell at Kilmarnock under Steve Clarke

He’s had spells in charge of Anderlecht, Belgium and Sporting Lisbon and formerly had Kemar Roofe under his charge.

Shane Duffy has flown home from Celtic’s mid-week training camp in Dubai.

The Brighton defender has been heavily touted for a move back to England.

Motherwell prepare to sign Kelly

Motherwell have let Jordan Archer move to Middlesbrough, and with Trevor Carson out injured they are set to sign up former Rangers goalkeeper Liam Kelly from QPR, according to and our sister title, The Motherwell Times

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