Gerrard tipped for long-term Rangers stay, Liverpool legend odds-on favourite for Celtic job, Hearts want ace on new contract, Parkhead deal for defender collapse - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Hamilton produced one of the surprises of the Scottish Premiership season on Sunday, holding league leaders Rangers to a draw.

The result doesn't do much in terms of the title race but adds to the interest at the bottom of the table, pulling them to within three points of 11th-place Ross County, while Motherwell and Kilmarnock are only separated by two and one points respectively from the Staggies.

The weekend also brought a key win for Hibs over Aberdeen in the battle for third place.

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As ever, there are more games in he top two tiers this midweek, while teams will also be looking ahead to next season in terms of transfers and contract agreements.

Monday's Scottish football news and transfer talk. Picture: SNS

Ex-Liverpool and Newcastle United manager is odds-on favourite to become the next Celtic manager. The Spaniard left Chinese side Dalian earlier this year leading to speculation that Celtic could bring him in to replace Neil Lennon. He remains the bookies favourite ahead of John Kennedy, Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard. (Betfair)

Tommy Wright is set to be announced as Kilmarnock’s new boss today. The Northern Irishman has been out of work since leaving St Johnstone at the end of last season. He had been linked with the Motherwell post but will replace Alex Dyer with Killie sitting 10th in the Premiership. (Various)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been tipped to remain at Ibrox for up to the next five years after his January recruitment drive. Former England team-mate Paul Robinson said: “When a manager starts looking at young players like that, he is clearly building for the future. Whether Steven stays for two, three, four or five more years, which could happen, he has certainly got the club’s best interests at heart.” (Football Insider)

Hearts are eager to secure midfielder Andy Irving to a new contract. The Championship leaders have put a second offer to the player last week. Robbie Neilson confirmed sporting director Joe Savage spoke with Irving’s agent for their thoughts. (Evening News)

Celtic were front-runners to sign Preston defender Ben Davies on a pre-contract agreement. However, the player opted for Liverpool. The Parkhead side were closing in on a deal only for a clause inserted into the deal for the player to be fit to play on arrival led to the deal not going through. (Mirror)

Stevie Mallan has admitted that Hibs boss Jack Ross didn’t want him to leave. The midfielder joined Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor, scoring on his debut. Mallan consulted team-mates at Easter Road who convinced him to experience playing abroad. (Sunday Mail)

Ex-Hearts and Scotland winger Neil McCann doesn't think the time is right for Aberdeen to change Derek McInnes as manager. However, the former Dundee boss reckons a parting of ways in the summer could happen. "Maybe the marriage will come an end at the end of the season but he shouldn’t be removed for the position just now, absolutely not.” (BBC)

Former Rangers star Alan Hutton reckons Nikola Katic should take his time with his rehabilitation and try not to rush back too quickly. The centre-back has been out since rupturing his cruciate ligament in pre-season. Hutton said: ““You may as well take your time, get it right, have a full pre-season because that’ll be him out for a full year.” (Football Insider)