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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini believes the atmosphere generated by Celtic fans in the Glasgow leg of their Europa League last 32 match can inspire his players, not just Celtic's. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila argues that while cash is king in league football, anything can happen in the cups and less well-off teams can prosper. (Various)

The Norwegian feels it is realistic to think that Celtic can win the Europa League. (Various)

The Inter squad cost £60m more than Celtic's to assemble. (Daily Record)

Despite being a booking away from a suspension, Celtic skipper Scott Brown says he won't hold back against Inter. (Various)

Ryan Gauld
Former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld could play in the Europa League for Sporting Lisbon on Thursday

Deila says his team will have to "play on the edge", like the Italians, to win the game. (The Sun)

Hamilton manager Martin Canning will attend the Celtic-Inter match hoping to pick up tips on how to beat Celtic - he takes his Accies team to Glasgow's east end on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership. (DM)

Ryan Gauld, 19, is in Sporting Lisbon's squad for their trip to Germany to face Wolfsburg. (Daily Record)

Ross County defender Scott Boyd is preparing for life after football by studying for a sports management degree, along with Hamilton's Ziggy Gordon, Partick Thistle's Marc Waters and Dunfermline's Andy Barrowman. (Daily Record)

Dundee United are putting new signing Ryan McGowan through a "mini pre-season" to improve the Australian defender's fitness. (The Sun)

Rangers chief executive Derek Llambias has emailed the secretary of the Rangers Fans Board to inform him that he is disbanding it, just four months after it was set up by his predecessor, Graham Wallace. (Various)

Imogen Bankier
Imogen Bankier must decide whether to continue playing at the top level of badminton until the World Championships come to Glasgow in 2017

The 4 March date for the Rangers EGM is now uncertain after a club statement said the date for the meeting, now to be held at Ibrox after failed attempts to stage it at London hotels, had still to be determined. (Daily Mail)

The Scottish Professional Football League could be forced to extend the season if any of four Championship teams - Falkirk, Hibernian, Raith Rovers or Queen of the South - reach the Scottish Cup final and Premiership play-off final, the two scheduled just a day apart. (The Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former world badminton silver medallist Imogen Bankier, 27, says she will only continue playing up to the World Championships being staged in her home city of Glasgow in August 2017 if she thinks she can win it. (The Herald)

Scottish rugby chiefs will appeal against the ban given to Finn Russell for his challenge on Wales' Dan Biggar in last weekend's Six Nations defeat. (Various)

After a string of freak injuries, Glasgow Warriors second row Tim Swinson is hoping for better luck after he was drafted into Scotland's Six Nations squad as a replacement for the injured Richie Gray. (Daily Mail)

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