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Mark Warburton says he would have tried to sign Moussa Dembele for Rangers if the club could afford him, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Scott Sinclair’s European form, and Graeme Murty insists Rangers will still improve the squad in January window even if they don’t have a new manager before then.

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Celtic striker Moussa Dembele. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele. Picture: John Devlin

Rangers ‘couldn’t afford’ Dembele

Ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton has revealed that he would have tried to sign Moussa Dembele if the Ibrox club could afford the player’s wages. Warburton was aware of Dembele’s availability after his contract ran out at Fulham, which allowed Celtic to snap him up for a compensation fee of around £500,000. (Scottish Sun)

- Warburton says he would never have any regrets over becoming manager at a club like Rangers, even if he left in acrimonious circumstances. (Scottish Sun)

Rodgers backs Sinclair

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has backed winger Scott Sinclair after questions of the player’s form in Europe. Rodgers insists there needs to be a reality check from some quarters with regards to the strength of opposition Celtic are facing on the continent, while revealing Sinclair, along with a few other players, sometimes played with injury in Champions League matches. (Sunday Mail)

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Rangers will improve squad

Graeme Murty has assured Ibrox fans that Rangers are currently identifying players for the January transfer window, even though the club don’t have a new manager yet. Director of football Mark Allen and his team of scouts are busy drawing up a list of players in which to discuss with the new boss once Rangers make a hire. (The Telegraph)

McInnes allowed head to rule heart

Derek McInnes allowed his head to rule his heart when he turned down a move to Rangers. The Aberdeen boss thought through the decision to manage his boyhood heroes but eventually decided he was better off staying in the North East. (Sunday Mail)

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Edouard to feature more

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will give Odsonne Edouard the opportunity to feature more regularly in his first team over the festive period. Since arriving on loan from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day, the 19-year-old striker has made just three starts but Rodgers revealed that the quality and dedication he has been bringing to the training ground, not to mention the hat-trick he scored against Motherwell last weekend, will see him involved more frequently. (Scotland on Sunday)

McGinn ready to take on ‘bully’ Scott Brown

They do say that the best way to get the better of bullies is to stand up to them. But John McGinn says that sometimes the best course of action is simply to ignore them or, better still, laugh at their antics. The Hibernian midfielder will not balk at the challenge of going head to head with Celtic’s Scott Brown, when Hibs welcome the reigning league champions to Easter Road this afternoon. (Scotland on Sunday)

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Milne would’ve allowed McInnes to go

Stewart Milne was prepared to man the barriers to keep Rangers from removing Derek McInnes from the manager’s office at Aberdeen. But the Dons chairman admits that had his team boss decided he wanted the opportunity to take over the job vacated when Pedro Caixinha was sacked six weeks ago, he would have reluctantly allowed him to leave. (Scotland on Sunday)

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