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Eleven of the best Premiership stars free to speak to other clubs in January
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Who would be on Dundee`s Christmas list???

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January 1 is the time for sore heads, steak pies and, er, being able to speak to other clubs.

Yes, in less than a couple of weeks’ time players up and down the land will have just six months left on their contracts and be available to start sorting out their futures.

As the bells clang at midnight and 2017 is ushered in more than 100 Ladbrokes Premiership stars will be free to talk turkey with teams interested in signing them.

Here at Record Sport Online we name the best of them...

MIKAEL LUSTIG
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The Celtic right-back has spent four successful years at Celtic, winning four titles, two League Cups and one Scottish Cup. But although he is in talks with the club over a new deal with Brendan Rodgers keen to keep him, nothing has yet been signed. At just 30, Sweden star Lustig has a few more years left at the top level.
KENNY MILLER
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Yes he’s 36 years old but his age wouldn’t put anyone off. He has made 17 appearances for Rangersthis season, totaling 1123 minutes and scoring four goals. Sometimes playing in a deeper role for Mark Warburton, the veteran striker’s timing is as on-point as ever. Talks are ongoing between the Ibrox side and Miller and it would be a surprise if he didn’t re-sign a short-term deal at least.
NIALL McGINN
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The Northern Ireland forward hasn’t featured as regularly for Aberdeen this season as in previous campaigns. He has largely been forced to start on the bench but has still made an impact when coming on. Take the defeat to Ross County as a case in point. Left kicking his heels until the second half, within 10 minutes the 29-year-old from Tyrone had drawn Dons level. Manager Derek McInnes has claimed contract talks are on the back burner until after the busy festive schedule. McGinn would be an excellent signing if those discussions are not succesful.

Sam Nicholson
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One of Hearts best young talents, the Tynecastle club will be desperate to keep hold of Nicholson. The 21-year-old has been out since September with an injury that halted his stunning start to the season. Following knee surgery the forward will be back in January and surely straight to the chief exec’s office to sign a new deal.
NICK ROSS
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At just 25, the attacking midfielder is not yet at his peak. However, he already has a Scottish Cup triumph on his CV. Ross won the trophy with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2015 but left his native Highlands the next month to sign for Dundee. But he has failed to become a regular in Paul Hartley’s side, and hasn’t played since the end of October.
SEAN WELSH
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The 26-year-old joined Partick Thistle in 2012, initially on loan. Welsh offers a goal threat from midfield, scoring five times this season in 21 appearances. He has suffered from a catalogue of injuries but, when fit, is dynamic, strong and powerful.
GREG TANSEY
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Tansey was the subject of a bitter fallout between his club Inverness and Aberdeen who wanted to sign him in the last January window. McInnes was left baffled by Caley Thistle's refusal to allow Tansey permission to speak to the Dons, who believe they triggered a clause in his contract by submitting a £200,000 bid. The 28-year-old all-action midfielder – a near ever-present for ICT – will be on the market in less than a fortnight.
ALEX SCHALK
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The 24-year-old is one of Ross County’s top scorers and Jim McIntyre will surely be keen to keep him. German striker Schalk has made 19 appearances this season, scoring four goals. His team-mate Liam Boyce is by far the more prolific of the two. However, Schalke is somewhat of a supersub, often coming off the bench to score crucial goals. He’s also the man for the big occasion. Who could forget his winner at Hampden to help hand Ross County the League Cup this year?
Danny Swanson
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The attacking midfielder has this season been a huge part of St Johnstone’s familiar success story. Scoring 12 goals - many of which were blockbusters – Swanson has rediscovered his form that made him such an exciting talent at Dundee United. He joined the McDiarmid Park club in February this year on an 18-month contract having been released by Hearts. There aren’t many teams in Scotland who would fail to be improved by the 29-year-old.
LIONEL AINSWORTH
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The 29-year-old Englishman is in his fourth year at Fir Park but is free to speak to other clubs in the new year. Ainsworth caught the eye in his first season in Scotland, smashing 11 goals after moving from Rotherham. The super-quick forward signed a new two-year deal in the summer of 2015 despite interest from other clubs north and south of the border but has been in and out of Motherwell’s starting XI this season. There will no doubt be interest in the winger again in the new year.
EOGHAN O’CONNELL
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Another Hoops star out of contract in the summer, the young Irishman would be a good signing for any top club in Scotland should he not agree terms with his current side. O’Connell was handed the chance to shine in the Champions League qualifiers and did not disappoint, helping his side reach the group stage. The 21-year-old centre-back is strong, mobile and shows good awareness.
  




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