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Celtic manager Ronny Deila expects to face a fight to hold on to Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk when the transfer window opens at the turn of the year.(The Scotsman)

Ronny Deila has urged Virgil van Dijk to stay with Celtic as the club competes on four fronts after the January transfer window. (The Herald)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has criticised referee Willie Collum for not answering his questions about key decisions during the Edinburgh's side's 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat by Celtic.(Daily Record)

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law understands why many Rangers fans stayed away from their Scottish Cup meeting with Kilmarnock - only 14,400 were at Ibrox on Sunday - because of their recent poor league displays against Alloa Athletic and Hearts. (Daily Record)

Everton midfielder James McCarthy
Everton hope to ward off Arsenal's interest in James McCarthy by agreeing a new contract

Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes his decision to drop Kris Boyd to the bench could ultimately help the striker rediscover his prolific best form.(The Scotsman)

Dundee defender Thomas Konrad says he has never seen a striker like David Clarkson, who has reignited his career at Dens Park with eight goals in eight games after a miserable time in English football. (Daily Record, print edition)

Spartans captain Keith McLeod says his side's shock Scottish Cup win over Morton will take second place in his household to daughter Sophie starring as a dancer in Aladdin at the King's Theatre on Saturday night.(The Herald)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to tie down Glasgow-born midfielder James McCarthy to a new contract - to prevent Arsenal making a January transfer bid. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Gary Anderson celebrated the biggest win of his darts career after beating Adrian Lewis in the final of the Cash Converters Players' Championship.(ESPN)

Scotland have moved up to an all-time high of eighth in the world rugby league rankings after their recent European Championship triumph. (Daily Express, print edition)

Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos paid tribute to the Glasgow pack's ultimately game-winning contribution in the Warriors' hard-fought 19-15 victory over the Dragons at Scotstoun.(The Scotsman)

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has criticised Irish referee David Wilkinson's handling of the Scottish side's defeat by Zebre - a week after the official was also criticised by Glasgow Warriors' Gregor Townsend. (The Scotsman)

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