Football looks set to be given a lockdown reprieve after the latest Government restrictions were announced.
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.
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.
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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1. Board backing
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)
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2. Trip investigation call
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)
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3. On the move
Former Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has been told he can find a new club by Fulham (Sky Sports)
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4. Old Firm on alert for target Dembele
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)
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