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Celtic manager Ronny Deila and Rangers counterpart Kenny McDowall have warned their players to be on their best behaviour in Sunday's Old Firm Scottish League Cup semi-final. (Various)

Dr Josef Venglos, the Slovakian former Celtic manager, tells Deila that winning an Old Firm match "stays with you for the rest of your life". (The Sun)

McDowall tells his ageing players, such as Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch, that the League Cup could be among their last chance of winning silverware. (Daily Record)

The Rangers boss adds that, such has been the wait for the return of the fixture, there are people on Pluto who will be watching the game. (The Sun)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald admits his right-back Stephen O'Donnell, who has rejected a move to Blackpool, won't be at Firhill next season. (The Sun)

Sunderland's Greek winger Charis Mavrias
Could Sunderland's Greek winger Charis Mavrias be on his way to Celtic Park in a loan move?

Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd believes Rangers "are a new club", adding "the new Rangers are a Championship team". (Various)

Celtic striker Stefan Johansen is confident he and his team-mates have too much for Rangers, but thinks it will be a tough match. (Daily Express)

Ex-Rangers winger Neil McCann describes the 1999 "shame game" between Rangers and Celtic at Celtic Park - in which three players were sent off, referee Hugh Dallas was hit by a coin, fans ran on to the pitch and 100 were arrested - as the most volatile game he was ever involved in. (Various)

Australian defender Ryan McGowan could make his debut for Dundee United against Aberdeen in the first of the League Cup semi-finals on Saturday now that the Scottish Football Association has confirmed his international clearance following his move from Chinese side Shandong Luneng Taishan. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was passing information on Cup opponents Dundee United to Donervon Daniels in his hotel even before he had completed his six-month loan move from West Brom. (Various)

SFA president Campbell Ogilvie says the association is backing Dutchman Michael van Praag in his bid to become the new Fifa president. (The Herald)

Celtic scouts have been watching Sunderland's Greek winger Charis Mavrias as the club considers a loan move for the player. (Daily Record)

Marc Warren
Marc Warren finished one shot behind Branden Grace at the Qatar Masters on Saturday

Former Rangers left-back David Robertson recalls his red card against Celtic for a foul on Joe Miller in the 1992 Scottish Cup semi-final - Ally McCoist's goal for the 10 men gave them a famous victory. (Various)

Newcastle United owner and Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley's hearing with the SFA over possible breaches of dual ownership rules has been set for 2 March, while the hearing for Rangers on the subject will take place on 16 March. (Daily Mail, Daily Express)

The Rangers Supporters Trust claims its legal action "had a material impact" in stopping the Ibrox board use the stadium as security for a £10m loan by Ashley. (The National)

St Mirren manager Gary Teale has phoned referee Steven McLean to apologise for criticising him in the immediate aftermath of his team's 2-1 defeat by Dundee. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

East Kilbride golfer Marc Warren claims his second-place finish in Qatar has him fired up to win the Dubai Desert Classic. (The Sun)

The Scottish Rugby Union will discuss the future of Ryan Wilson, who was found guilty earlier this week of attacking two Glasgow Hawks players in a fast-food shop. (The Herald)

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