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Goal hero Christian Nade insisted Raith Rovers' 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday was no shock as far as the Stark's Park side are concerned. (Scottish Sun)

And Nade said hearing Rangers players arguing with each other left him in no doubt that Rovers would secure the win. (Daily Record)

Rangers caretaker manager Kenny McDowall apologised to the club's fans for the defeat to Raith as they were knocked out of another cup competition. (Various)

Raith manager Grant Murray says the win at Ibrox meant as much as beating Rangers in the Challenge Cup final. (Scottish Sun)

Ryan Conroy
Ryan Conroy overcame his vanishing spray concern to net a brilliant free kick against Rangers

Ryan Conroy, who scored Raith Rovers' opener against Rangers, feared the use of vanishing spray would scupper his chances of netting the free-kick that made it 1-0. (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers captain Richard Gough wants fans to stay away from the club's upcoming EGM in London, insisting he fears a huge turnout will lead to the board seeking an adjournment. (Herald)

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen believes his in-form side are ready to storm to the treble and beat Inter Milan in the Europa League. (Daily Record)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has challenged two-goal Scottish Cup hero Ryan Dow to become the next big thing at Tannadice. (Scottish Sun)

And Dow believes Dundee United are on track for another appearance in the Scottish Cup final. (Daily Record)

Former Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram has backed the new Uefa Nations League, and believes national manager Gordon Strachan will embrace the tournament. (Scottish Sun)

Ryan Dow celebrates
Ryan Dow scored a double for Dundee United in the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer

Queen of the South's Paul Burns watched footage of the club's Scottish Cup final appearance in 2008 to motivate him for Saturday's game against St Johnstone, in which the men from Dumfries knocked out the Cup holders. (Scottish Sun)

Graeme Shinnie reckons Marley Watkins can fill the void left by striker Billy McKay at Inverness Caley Thistle. (Scottish Sun)

Partick Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher fears his side will be hammered by Celtic in midweek if they play like they did in the defeat to Inverness. (Scottish Sun)

Peter Pawlett says being left out of the Aberdeen side on Saturday inspired his sensational second half display after coming on as a substitute. (Scottish Sun)

Stephen Hendrie has assured Hamilton fans he will give his all for the club despite having agreed to join West Ham in the summer. (Scottish Sun)

Alexei Eremenko reckons the Kilmarnock board will have to give Gary Locke the manager's job if they secure a top six finish this term. (Scottish Sun)

David Gray has backed Hibernian to see off Rangers on Friday night, insisting the Easter Road men are a better side now than when they beat the Ibrox outfit 4-0 last year. (Daily Record)

Scotland's Barry Bannan insists the chance to play for "legend" Neil Lennon prompted his loan switch from Crystal Palace to Bolton. (Scottish Sun)

Finn Russell
Stuart Hogg believes Finn Russell is Scotland's key man in their Six Nations campaign

West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes the signing of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher will ensure highly-rated striker Saido Berahino has the right mentor to help develop his career. (Scottish Sun)

Leicester City have denied that manager Nigel Pearson was sacked in the wake of his bizarre touchline spat with Crystal Palace's Scotland midfielder James McArthur. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Preston Mommsen has called on cricket's governing body to do more to help the Associate nations compete with the game's major forces. (Scottish Sun)

Stuart Hogg has backed Scotland to recover from the defeat to France by continuing to play an exciting brand of rugby under head coach Vern Cotter. (Daily Record)

And Hogg has identified Finn Russell as the man to lead Scotland's Six Nations revival. (Daily Star)

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