Rumour Mill: Derek McInnes to Rangers latest | Celtic lead chase for Championship star | Jack Ross tipped for Aberdeen

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Derek McInnes may have to quit Aberdeen in order to speak with Rangers, Celtic are leading the chase for St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan, and Jack Ross has been tipped as the ideal candidate for Aberdeen.

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Rangers are determined to bring Derek McInnes to Ibrox. Picture: SNS

Rangers are determined to bring Derek McInnes to Ibrox. Picture: SNS

McInnes may have to quit

Derek McInnes may have to resign as Aberdeen manager if he’s interested in becoming the next boss at Rangers. Yesterday the Ibrox club had a compensation offer thrown out by their Ladbrokes Premiership rivals, who are hell bent on not allowing McInnes to move to the Glasgow side. However, the 46-year-old is said to be keen on meeting with the Ibrox hierarchy and could rip up his own contract to make it happen. (Daily Record)

- Rangers are set to test Aberdeen’s resolve with a second compensation offer of over £1million. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic lead chase for Morgan

Brendan Rodgers is poised to make an offer to St Mirren for highly rated winger Lewis Morgan when the transfer window opens next month. A host of clubs are said to be monitoring the 21-year-old, who will see his current contract expire at the end of the season. St Mirren are said to be keen on a deal which will see them sell Morgan in January but keep the player on loan until the end of the campaign. (Scottish Sun)

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Scotland to make O’Neill move

Scotland will step up their chase of Michael O’Neill this week. The SFA have identified the 48-year-old as their preferred candidate to take over from Gordon Strachan and have already been granted permission to speak with him by the Irish FA. Talks were put on hold following the death of O’Neill’s mother. (Scottish Sun)

Ross tipped for Aberdeen

Jack Ross would be the ideal candidate to replace Derek McInnes at Pittodrie should the current boss leave for Rangers, according to former fans favourite Neale Cooper. Ross has oversaw a dramatic turnaround in Paisley, taking over a side rooted to the bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship and turning them into serious promotion contenders in less than a year. (Daily Record)

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Rodgers: Celtic players have a long way to go

Brendan Rodgers admitted it was difficult to feel any pride in Celtic’s qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League after they finished their Champions League group stage campaign with another home defeat. The Scottish champions clung onto third place in Group B, despite being outplayed and at times outclassed by Anderlecht in the 1-0 loss. (The Scotsman)

Rangers target six wins

Jason Holt has been encouraged by the uplift in Rangers’ recent performances and wants them to make it a December to remember by winning all six of their fixtures before the winter break, including the Old Firm derby. Consecutive wins over Aberdeen have hoisted the Ibrox into second place, seven points behind Celtic. (The Scotsman)

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Hearts sweat over Djoum fitness

Hearts are awaiting scan results to determine the extent of a knee injury to midfielder Arnaud Djoum. Manager Craig Levein expects to learn the outcome today but is fearful that one of his key players may be sidelined. Djoum ended Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hamilton Academical with fluid on his knee and was sent for a scan yesterday afternoon. Hearts are praying the problem is not serious as the Cameroon internationalist only returned three weeks ago from a two-month absence due to medial ligament damage. (Edinburgh News)

Fontaine fit again after injury

Liam Fontaine has given Neil Lennon an early Christmas present by telling the Hibs boss he’s ready to fight for his place after a seven-month injury nightmare. After tearing a ligament from the bone in his left ankle in February which effectively ended his season, the big defender suffered exactly the same injury in his right ankle in early September in a freak accident while playing for the club’s development side. (Edinburgh News)

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