EPL side eye Celtic goalkeeper, Highly-regarded manager speaks on Parkhead job, Old Firm clash decision, Colts plans set to be rejected - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

The SPFL has a full round of fixtures this weekend for the first time this year with the return of the lower leagues.

Thursday's Scottish football news. Picture: SNS

Starting on Friday with the Championship clash between Alloa and Dundee and ending on Sunday with Celtic against Rangers it is set to be an action-packed weekend of football.

Before then, Rangers have the small matter of a Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash with Slavia Prague to navigate at Ibrox.

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Red Bull Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch has said it is an “honour” to be linked with the Celtic job, admitting a project like at Parkhead would be “interesting”. He also noted that three or four years ago a link with the club could have been an “impossibility”. (BBC)

Celtic helped Jesse Marsch take his first foray into European football. As an American coach he found it difficult the Pro-Licence and required sponsorship and it was the Parkhead side who stepped in with Celtic chief Peter Lawwell playing a key role to get him on the Scottish coaching course. (Scottish Sun / Coaches Voice)

The Old Firm clash between Celtic and Rangers will be given the go ahead. The pair are due to meet at Parkhead on Sunday in the final pre-split fixture. There had been concerns over fans gathering but the Scottish Government are to give it the green light with both clubs urging fans to stay at home. (Go Radio)

Hearts defender Mihai Popescu has revealed he is still owed money by former club Dinamo Bucharest. The Romanian centre-back is due unpaid wages despite signing a two-year deal with Hearts back in the summer. “The last salary I received at Dinamo was in July and was given by the fans,” he said. (Evening News)

St Johnstone ace Scott Tanser is set to depart the club following the expiry of his contract in the summer. Saints boss Callum Davidson admitted “it’s looking less and less likely in our favour”. The left wing-back has been linked with clubs in England as well as Dundee United in the past. (The Courier)

Steve Clarke would make a “great Celtic manger” according to former Scotland international Pat Nevin. The Scotland boss has been linked with the Parkhead role but will unlikely be able to take on the position until after the Euros if he was at all interested. (Scottish Sun)

Premier League side Brighton are keen on Celtic goalkeeper Vincent Angelini. The Seagulls want the 17-year-old to be able to come down and train ahead of a possible contract offer. Angelini, who has been linked with elite clubs around Europe, is out of contract at the end of the season and is unlikely to sign a contract extension. (Daily Record)

The proposal for Celtic and Rangers Colts teams will be put to the SPFL next week with a vote likely in April. However, currently, it is unlikely to gain favour by clubs with fans holding a strong view against allowing the country's two biggest clubs to put a second team into the league. (Daily Record)

The winter break will return in the Scottish Premiership next season. The mid-season pause was introduced from 2018 in the Scottish top-flight but was cancelled this campaign due to the tight nature of the fixture schedule and Covid-19 concerns. (Daily Mail)