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Rangers target wanted by Bundesliga, interest in Celtic-linked international, Hibs manager talks, Hearts seek striker: Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

January is looming large in the SPFL football calendar – and so too is a busy period of festive football over the Christmas and New Year period.

There are games and tactics on the pitch, and manoueveres and plans being made off it.

In a way, it’s a period of all talk and no action – but that’s because the clubs are currently limited in what they can do – even the vast majority of players with expiring contracts can’t begin negotiating with other clubs until some time in the New Year.

Therefore it is prime time for rumour, gossip and speculation as the clock winds down to the big day – the opening of the transfer window on Saturday, January 1.

How we get there though, is anyone's guess at the moment as the concerning rise in the Omicron variant of Covid has wiped out several games in England, and clubs north of the border have held crisis talks in how to maintain safety of the game in Scotland until the winter break, which begins three days after the trading period opens.

There are many stroylines and strands to Scottish football at the moment, and here’s a look at what is making the headlines this morning, on Friday, December 17.

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