Friday's Scottish Gossip: Smal, Bernardo, Sterling, Yang, Boyce, Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen

Scottish gossip - Gijs Smal
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Twente Enschede have confirmed that left-back Gijs Smal, who was being closely watched by Celtic and Rangers in January, will become a free agent at the end of the season. (Football Scotland)

Celtic are negotiating with Benfica in the hope of lowering the £6m release clause for Paulo Bernardo, with the 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy. (Football Insider)

Celtic will not sanction the release of winger Yang Hyun-Jun for South Korea's Olympic qualification bid next month but he could miss the start of next season if they do reach Paris. (Scottish Sun)

Jamaica want Dujon Sterling of Rangers to be part of their squad for this summer's Copa America and the 24-year-old who represented England at youth level is keen to represent the land of his parents. (Scottish Sun)

Israel winger Liel Abada had "an amazing time" with Celtic but that his head is now focused on "a new journey" with Charlotte in Major League Soccer after his recent transfer. (Sport 1 via Glasgow Evening Times)

Heart of Midlothian striker Liam Boyce has a chance of playing before the end of the season as he continues his recovery from an operation to cure a tendon problem, head coach Steven Naismith has suggested. (Edinburgh Evening News)

While it is a key objective, reaching the top six will have no impact on the major rebuilding job planned for Hibernian during a busy summer, according to manager Nick Montgomery. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Rangers have confirmed James Taylor, their new chief financial officer, and Creag Robertson, who has been ratified as director of football operations, as club directors at Companies House. (Football Insider)

"It hurts me quite a bit to watch the way Aberdeen defend," says former Pittodrie captain Willie Miller, who worries his old club "don't have a plan" for the possibility of a relegation play-off. (Daily Record)

Inverness Caley Thistle boss Duncan Ferguson is unable to sign his own son Cameron since the 20-year-old free agent has already played for two clubs this season, on-loan at Forfar Athletic as well as one appearance for Newcastle United U21s. The striker has instead signed for Forres Mechanics in the Highland League. (Scottish Sun)

Derek Adams is recruiting backroom staff despite being without a club since the 48-year-old resigned as Ross County manager in February. (The Herald)

Scotland striker Ross Stewart has returned to Southampton training after the muscle problem that has sidelined him since November. (The Scotsman)

Former St Mirren, Hibs and Dundee United manager Jack Ross, currently working at the Newcastle United academy, has revealed that he hopes to work as a sporting director at some stage in the near future. (Sunderland Echo)