Scottish football LIVE: Rangers facing potential selection headache as star ruled out, defender tells of Celtic deal withdrawn due to pandemic, club set to make transfer move for Celtic defender

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Rangers defender Leon Balogun after suffering a head knock against St Mirren. Picture: SNS
Rangers defender Leon Balogun after suffering a head knock against St Mirren. Picture: SNS

Scottish Premiership action gets back underway tomorrow with four games kicking off at 3pm. Rangers host Motherwell looking to bounce back from their defeat in the Betfred Cup to St Mirren, while Hibs look to move back into second place with a win over Dundee United. Killie look to end their long winless run against Aberdeen at Rugby Park, while struggling sides Hamilton and Ross County battle it out to see who will be bottom come the end of the weekend.

The big match comes on Sunday, however. With as much respect to the respective clubs, we’re not talking about Kilmarnock v Aberdeen, as the hosts look to end a long winless run against their opponents at Rugby Park, but the 2019/20 Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Hearts at Hampden Park.

Scottish football LIVE: December 18

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Scottish football transfer Brexit fears

Celtic, Rangers and a host of SPFL clubs could see January moves for transfer targets scuppered by Brexit. Scottish bosses are currently in discussions with the home office to keep current rules in place until next summer. (Daily Record)

Hapoel Beer-Sheva set to move

Hapoel Beer-Sheva are set to make their move to try and sign wantaway Celtic star Hatem Elhamed in the January transfer window. The homesick Israeli wishes to return home to be with his family and is being pursued by four clubs. (Scottish Sun)

Lennon drops Brown hint

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has hinted that Scott Brown will start the Scottish Cup final. The club captain has been dropped to the bench for the last two games with Ismaila Soro taking his place instead. (Scottish Sun)

Former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic insists that he was all set to sign a new deal at the Parkhead club before the coronavirus pandemic convinced the Scottish champions to withdraw the offer. (The Herald)

Gerrard’s injury sweat for Motherwell

Rangers will be without Leon Balogun for the visit of Motherwell on Saturday as Steven Gerrard faces a potential problem in the centre of the park with Nikola Katic injured, George Edmundson banned and Filip Helander yet to make an appearance after recovering from Covid-19. (Daily Record)

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