The Rumour Mill: Tuesday's football news and gossip

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In today's Rumour Mill: Celtic hold talks with French winger; McGhee adamant he'll stay in charge; ref-gate rumbles on; plus the rest of the day's football news and idle gossip.

Celtic on the trail of French winger

Celtic are chasing a deal for French international left winger Olivier Kapo (pictured). A free agent since being released by Wigan in the summer, the 30-year-old has been training under the watchful eye of his former boss Steve Bruce at Sunderland. But while Bruce stalls on a decision to re-sign the Frenchman, Kapo is understood to have entered talks with Celtic boss Neil Lennon about the possibility of a three-year deal. (Daily Mail)

McGhee: I won't quit

Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee insisted yesterday that he won't quit despite his dire record at the club. After an abysmal run in which the Dons won just four points from a possible 24, McGhee said: "I have absolutely no fear of this situation, the job or the task in hand. This job matters to me and I have to get it through to the players that we need more." (Daily Record)

Riordan can thrive in captaincy role - Calderwood

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood believes handing the captaincy to Derek Riordan will help make the striker a better player. With club skipper Chris Hogg and Kevin McBride, who wore the armband after Hogg was dropped earlier in the season, both relegated to the bench at Tannadice, Calderwood opted to make Riordan his on-field leader for the last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Dundee United on Saturday. (The Scotsman)

Ref-gate: Dallas issues denial with backing of SFA chief

Referees' chief Hugh Dallas last night issued a strong denial of allegations made against him by Steven Craven at the weekend - and has received the full backing of the head of the SFA. (The Scotsman)

Ref-gate: 'White lie' like telling children about Santa, claims McDonald

Embattled referee Dougie McDonald has likened his "white lie" about a penalty decision to parents telling their children stories about Santa Claus. McDonald expressed regret for the falsehood, but insisted he would not resign. (The Scotsman)

Ref-gate: Collum back in action at Edinburgh derby clash

Referee Willie Collum is back in the spotlight this Sunday as he handles the Edinburgh derby between Hibs and Hearts at Easter Road. Collum made headlines last week after taking charge of his first Old Firm match at Parkhead, awarding a controversial penalty to Rangers when Kirk Broadfoot went down in the box after a minimal amount of contact with Celtic opponent Daniel Majstorovic. (The Scotsman)

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Dundee on brink after being docked 25 points

Dundee administrator Bryan Jackson yesterday claimed the club's bid for survival had been rendered "practically impossible" by the Scottish Football League's decision to hand the Dens Park side a 25 point penalty. (The Scotsman)

Redknapp threatens media silence

Harry Redknapp has threatened the Football Association with a post-match media blackout if they charge him for his outspoken attack on referee Mark Clattenburg. It is believed the FA will make a decision today whether to examine Redknapp's criticism of Clattenburg in the wake of Tottenham's controversial Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United on Saturday. (Various)

World Cup 'like going to dentist' - Sir Alex

Sir Alex Ferguson still insists the Champions League is the best tournament in the world and has likened the World Cup to a trip to the dentist. (Various)


• Hearts manager Jim Jefferies is said to be lining up a bid for Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths in the January transfer window. (Sun)

• On-loan defender Jonathan Grounds will stay with Hibernian until January after Middlesborough admitted defeat in their bid to shorten his stay in Edinburgh. (Record)

• Ross County boss Derek Adams will today discover if his six-game touchline ban for clashing with referee Craig Thomson is to be increased. (Express)

• Falkirk boss Steven Pressley fears their title bid could be derailed by clubs snapping up their best young players in the January transfer window. (Record)

• Hearts boss Jim Jefferies will learn today if he is to face further punishment from the SFA for his clash with referee Willie Collum in September's defeat to Celtic. (Record)

• QPR's Scotland striker Jamie Mackie is a 3million target for Everton boss David Moyes. (Record)

• Ex-Dundee midfielder Brian Kerr is being linked with a move to Motherwell, but St Mirren are also interested in the Scotland international. (Sun)

• Scotland winger Kris Commons has opened talks with Derby over a new contract. (Record)

• Hearts midfielder Paul Mulrooney has joined Brechin City on a one-month loan deal. (Record)

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