Rangers target offered 'record' deal, Desmond backs Lennon in Celtic boss latest, Dembele transfer request alert for Old Firm, Former Parkhead midfielder on the move - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Football looks set to be given a lockdown reprieve after the latest Government restrictions were announced.

There's another lockdown in place, but professional football in Scotland is poised to continue. (Picture: Michael Gillen)

Talks are ongoing to establish how far through the football pyramid the new measures will go, but early indications were positive fans would still see their teams, in the top flight at least.

Transfer targets will also be unaffected by the travel restrictions, which is good news for clubs hoping to do business in the January window.

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The buying and selling period is open and already there has been a little movement in the Scottish Premiership, with another four weeks of activity anticipated.

Dermot Desmond has given Neil Lennon his backing after the Celtic boss' January review. The Hoops manager is said to be remaining in position until at least the end of the campaign, despite defeat to Rangers and a 19-point gap in the league (Scottish Sun)

As well as the standard trading fayre and gossip we’ve come to expect in the first month of the year, Celtic are in the headlines for their trip to Dubai – and the Scottish Government’s reaction to it, Hibs’ have a goalkeeper crisis and Motherwell continue to seek a replacement manager following Stephen Robinson’s resignation last week.

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The Scottish Government and Celtic are on a collision course over the club's trip to Dubai with politicians urging an SFA investigation into the movements. The club has defended its decision to travel (The Scotsman) (Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Former Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has been told he can find a new club by Fulham (Sky Sports)
Rangers, Celtic and Fulham target Siriki Dembele has handed in a transfer request at Peterborough United with personal reasons as well as a desire to play at a higher level is behind the request. (Peterborough Telegraph)
Kilmarnock's Eamonn Brophy is close to a pre-contract deal with St Mirren (Daily Record) but English clubs including Barnsley and Luton are also monitoring his situation (TeamTalk)
Preston are reported to have offered Rangers-linked midfielder Daniel Johnson a record wage-packet to stay at Deepdale. Steven Gerrard's side were linked in the summer and could make a pre-contract move, but it's been suggested Alex Neil's team have offered £17k a week (Football Insider)
Neil is also said to have offered a similar deal to Ben Davies in a bid to stave off interest from both sides of the Old Firm who have tracked the £5m-rated defender (Football Insider)
Declan Gallagher could be Celtic's replacement for injured Christopher Jullien (The Scotsman) The defender is said to be keen on a return to Celtic - but fears a clause in his contract at Motherwell will make a move more difficult (Daily Record)
Hibs are on the verge of sealing a Scottish return for ex-Motherwell man Chris Cadden, currently in America with Columbus Crew. (Edinburgh Evening News)
Former Livingston manager Gary Holt is one of the names in the frame for the vacant Motherwell manager's job. Tommy Wright and Neil McCann are also in the frame (Daily Record)
Rangers will listen to offers for George Edmundson and Jordan Jones, on loan. The duo have not featured since returning from COVID-related suspensions (Daily Record)