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Saturday's Scottish Gossip: Ianis Hagi, Mikey Johnston, Rocco Vata, Ryan Kent, Karamoko Dembele, Ridvan Yilmaz, Martin Boyle

Alaves' Ianis Hagi
Alaves' Ianis Hagi

Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi says he wants to stay in La Liga "for a long time", with the 25-year-old Romania international believing that being on loan to Alaves has improved him as a player and that playing in Spain suits his style. (Marca)

Republic of Ireland winger Mikey Johnston, who has been in fine form on loan to West Bromwich Albion, has cited a lack of continuity and trust as reasons why it has not worked out how he would have liked at Celtic so far. (Glasgow Evening Times)

Celtic winger Rocco Vata struck a hat-trick as Republic of Ireland Under-21s thrashed San Marino 7-0 as the 18-year-old faces an uncertain future with the Scottish champions, where his contract expires at the end of the season. (The Scotsman)

Tom Walsh, who became the youngest player in the post-war to make his league debut for Rangers in 2012, is hoping to end 19 months without a club as the 27-year-old winger trains alone having recovered from a knee injury picked up while playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers winger Ryan Kent is pushing to have his contract with Fenerbahce ripped up at the end of the season after the 27-year-old failed to become a first-team regular after his summer move from Ibrox. (The Star via Daily Record)

Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer says former Celtic winger Karamoko Dembele, who has played for both Scotland and England at under-21 level, is attracting interest from Everton and West Ham United but might be better to join Leeds United or Leicester City should the 21-year-old leave Blackpool as he is more likely to be given game time. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers left-back Ridvan Yilmaz could be an injury doubt for his side's forthcoming derby with Celtic after being forced off while playing for Turkey after being handed a start against Hungary. (The Herald)

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle should be fit to face Rangers at Ibrox after recovering from a concussion picked up against the same side, while midfielder Josh Campbell has taken a major step on the road to recovery from a broken ankle. (Edinburgh Evening News)

St Johnstone midfielder Sven Sprangler's season could be over following confirmation of a knee injury. (The Courier)

Celtic forward Daizen Maeda is poised to return home early from international duty after his country's match against North Korea was called off because the opposition wanted to play at a neutral venue because of fears over a Covid outbreak in Japan. (Scottish Sun)

Partick Thistle Women manager Brian Graham is free to lead his side out of the tunnel for Sunday's Sky Sports Cup final against Rangers at Tynecastle after fearing a touchline ban after being sent to the stand during his side's previous game. (The Herald)

Former Celtic and Heart of Midlothian striker Mark Burchill, currently chief scout with Bournemouth, is poised to join Richard Hughes at Liverpool after the former Scotland midfielder was confirmed as the Anfield club's new sporting director. (Mirror)

Edinburgh City chairman John Dickson has confirmed that Michael McIndoe will remain manager next season despite last weekend's 5-2 defeat by Alloa Athletic ensuring relegation from League 2 amid financial woes. (Edinburgh Evening News)

The New Saints' chairman Mike Harris will watch Sunday's SPFL Trust Trophy final against Airdrieonians from South Africa after failing to change an important flight. (The National)

Former Aberdeen youth coach Cameron Campbell has joined RB Leipzig's backroom staff. (Press & Journal)