Hearts star racism shocker, Celtic eye defender, Rangers boss reveals talks with key man, Hearts injury update - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

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Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Stories from Aberdeen, Celtic, Derby, Hearts, Rangers and more in today's round-up

A caller phoning into a Rangers radio show in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Hearts made racially abusive comments about striker Uche Ikpeazu, including referring to him as a "big d*****". (Various)

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Steven Gerrard insists he is fully behind James Tavernier despite errors against Hearts and Young Boys. Gerrard said: "I believe he has the character and ability to bounce back." (The Sun)
Celtic are on high alert after it emerged Leicester could send defender Filip Benkovic out on loan again in January. The Croatian defender spent last season on loan at the Hoops. (Various)
Hearts have decided to wait rather than push Steven Naismith and Peter Haring to return from injury. Boss Craig Levein is letting events follow their natural course rather than rush players back. (Evening News)
Celtic boss Neil Lennon feels he's overdue a win against Italian opposition as the Hoops gear up to take on Lazio. (Various)
John Fleming, the SFA's Head of Refereeing Operations, has died at the age of 62 following a prolonged illness (The Scotsman)
TalkSPORT radio presenter Alan Brazil has claimed a Rangers supporters club in England put pictures of him, Neil Lennon and the Pope in a pub urinal. (talkSPORT)
Ex-Rangers player Daniel Candeias has blasted former Ibrox director of football Mark Allen - for not signing enough foreign players. (ZeroZero)
Hibs kid Jayden Fairley scored a 40-yard screamer for Scotland U17s against Armenia earlier this week after signing his first pro deal with the club earlier this month. (Evening News)
Lazio could make six changes to their team to face Celtic, with star striker Ciro Immobile possibly dropping to the bench. (The Scotsman)
Craig Bryson is ready to make his Aberdeen comeback after being sidelined for six weeks - but Dons boss Derek McInnes doesn't expect him to last the 90 minutes. (Various)
Graeme Shinnie netted an injury-time winner for Derby against Wigan as Philip Cocu won just his fourth match in charge. (BBC)
Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi believes Celtic are a Champions League class team as the Italian side prepare to face Neil Lennon's side in the Europa League. (Daily Record)
Hearts defender Jamie Brandon is in contention to face Livingston on Saturday as he tries to establish himself in the side. (Evening News)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has urged travelling fans in Portugal to behave - with the club imploring supporters to "portray Rangers in the best possible light". (BBC)