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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Former Rangers director Dave King, who hopes to spark regime change at Ibrox, insists the club's board are "running scared" after they decided to hold the upcoming EGM in London, with the tycoon claiming the move is to ensure fans cannot attend the event. (Scottish Sun)

And Rangers supporters have also vented their fury at the venue for the EGM. (Daily Express)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he feared he was not up to the job during his first two months in the position. (Scottish Sun)

But he has vowed to repay the club's board's faith in him by winning the treble this season. (Daily Record)

Kris Commons and Ronny Deila
Kris Commons celebrated his new two-year contract with Celtic manager Ronny Deila

And Kris Commons, who has signed a new deal to stay at Celtic, revealed the players took time to get used to Deila's methods and philosophy, but that everyone is "on the same page now". (Scottish Sun)

John Hartson says Deila is starting to "win" him over despite his earlier doubts about whether the Norwegian was the right man for the job. (Scottish Sun)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists he accepted defeat in his bid to sign Commons for Bolton after Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell told him the player was going nowhere. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic are on the brink of a new kit deal with American sportswear firm New Balance. (Daily Record)

Dundee defender James McPake is looking forward to trying to stop Celtic's Leigh Griffiths when the sides meet in the Scottish Cup, having played alongside the striker at Hibernian. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers winger Fraser Aird says the five players brought in on loan from Newcastle should not walk into the Ibrox first team. (Scottish Sun)

And Aird would be happy to face Celtic in another cup game this season, having been annoyed by suggestions that last week's 2-0 League Cup triumph was easy for Celtic. (Daily Record)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill reckons Shane Ferguson's loan switch to Rangers can help him add to his international cap tally. (Scottish Sun)

Calum Butcher insists he is not scared by Dundee United's Scottish Cup trip to face Stranraer, because he played in plenty of smaller grounds in England's lower leagues while on loan at Barnet from Tottenham. (Scottish Sun)

Graeme Shinnie takes on Peter Pawlett
Graeme Shinnie (right) is determined to finish his Inverness career on a high this season

United manager Jackie McNamara has urged his players to prove they can handle the loss of star pair Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen defender Shay Logan wants the critics to lay off goalkeeper Scott Brown, who cost his side a goal in the League Cup semi-final defeat to Dundee United. (Scottish Sun)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle star Graeme Shinnie is determined to finish second in the Premiership this season at the expense of Aberdeen, the club he has agreed to join in the summer. (Scottish Sun)

St Johnstone's Brian Easton believes people expect his side, who are the Scottish Cup holders, to slip up when they face Queen of the South on Saturday. (Scottish Sun)

Hamilton Accies right back Ziggy Gordon, 21, is happy to wait to secure a big-money move, despite having watched some of his team-mates leave the club for England last month. (Various)

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough could appoint Gary Stevens as his new number two after getting rid of Kenny Black. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson says the shock departure of manager Allan Johnston will not derail the club's bid to secure a top-six finish this season. (Scottish Sun)

New Hibernian signing Fraser Fyvie believes manager Alan Stubbs can revive his career, just like he did for Scott Allan. (Various)

Scotland coach Anna Signeul has revealed Julie Fleeting could return to the national side for the friendly against Northern Ireland on Saturday, in what would be the striker's first appearance for the national side since 2011. (Scottish Sun)

Chris Sutton believes the League Cup final should be played at Murrayfield Stadium, insisting the surface at Hampden ruined the semi-final between Celtic and Rangers. (Daily Record)

Richie Gray
Richie Gray could prove to be a key player for Scotland in the showdown with France in Paris

Jim Jefferies says managers should be shown more respect, as he hit out the treatment of Rangers boss Kenny McDowall and former Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston. (Herald)

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson before deciding to leave Manchester United for relegation-threatened West Brom. (Daily Record)

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Richie Gray reckons calm heads are needed if Scotland are to secure a famous win in France at the start of their Six Nations campaign. (Scottish Sun)

Mark Bennett, who will make his first Six Nations start against the French, is relishing the chance to take on man mountain Mathieu Bastareaud. (Scottish Sun)

Bennett hopes his season at French club ASM Clermont Auvergne can help him when he takes on France in Paris. (Scotsman)

And Finn Russell believes a win over France can provide the platform for a successful Six Nations campaign. (Daily Record)

Greig Laidlaw wants Scotland to "come out swinging" when they take on the French. (Daily Mail)

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