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Rangers fans have been warned that police intend enforcing a "zero tolerance" approach to criminal behaviour when the Ibrox side face Falkirk on Friday following complaints of sectarian singing at last week's game away to Raith Rovers. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has called on his club's supporters to self-police at the San Siro Stadium on Thursday after the Scottish champions, who take on Inter Milan, were handed another Uefa sanction for crowd misconduct.(The Scotsman)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila recognises that Virgil van Dijk yearns to play at the top level of Europe but says the Dutch defender must prove he can do so when the Scottish champions take on Inter Milan in the Europa League in Italy. (Daily Record)

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley believes he could have saved Coventry from relegation had he not been sacked

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini had admitted that his players are tired after an exhausting run of matches in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Europa League as they prepare to face Celtic. (The Herald)

Former Aberdeen, Manchester United and Scotland assistant Archie Knox believes that the Dons, who face leaders and reigning champions Celtic on Sunday, will not have a better opportunity than this season to win the Scottish Premiership. (The Herald)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Graeme Shinnie says that signing a pre-contract agreement to join Aberdeen has not diminished his desire to steer the Highland club to European qualification this season.(Daily Record)

Bulgarian defender Viktor Genev, who last played for Spartak Semey in the Kazakhstan top flight, has won a contract until the end of the season with St Mirren after the 26-year-old had a successful trial. (Daily Record, print edition)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes Michal Szromnik's difficult start to his Tannadice playing career - losing two soft goals against St Johnstone and then being sent off against Inverness Caledonian Thistle - can prove to be a vital learning experience to the Polish goalkeeper.(The Scotsman)

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt
Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt is being tipped for a Scotland call-up

Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali, aged 33 and out of contract in the summer, hopes to extend his stay at the Scottish Premiership club long enough to be handed a testimonial. (The Herald)

Former Scotland defender Steven Pressley is "utterly convinced" he would have steered Coventry City clear of relegation in England's League One had he not been sacked on Monday.(Coventry Telegraph)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is considering calling up 20-year-old Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt to his senior squad. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, who was reportedly banned by the fast-food chain, has denied causing havoc in a McDonald's by pelting staff with muffins.(Daily Record)

Former Rangers and Raith Rovers defender Ross Perry is in signing talks with Stirling Albion after rejecting a move to Oklahoma City. (Daily Express, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has included two uncapped players - Benetton Treviso centre Enrico Bacchin and Zebre winger Michele Visentin - as part of six changes to his starting XV to face Scotland in Saturday's Six Nations match at Murrayfield. (The Scotsman)

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says his side will finish bottom of the Six Nations table unless they beat Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has described Italy as "a brilliant team" despite Saturday's opponents, like the Scots, still looking for their first Six Nations win this season. (The Scotsman)

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