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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila understands if former Dundee United duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong give today's League Cup final a miss since they are cup-tied and still have emotional links to their old team. (Various)

Dundee United full-back Paul Dixon has his eyes on the League Cup final - and his ears open for news on his wife going into labour. (Various)

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara reveals he was the victim of a cruel social media hoax last week, being wrongly told his father had died. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is "under pressure all the time" and that pressure to win trophies comes mainly from himself. (Various)

New manager Stuart McCall says Rangers are outsiders for the play-offs after they were held at home by Livingston in his debut match. (Various)

And Rangers striker Kenny Miller said if the team failed to finish in the Championship's top four it would be "the biggest capitulation ever". (Various)

Rangers will be without on-loan midfielder Haris Vuckic for a "few weeks" says manager Stuart McCall after the scorer against Livingston twisted his knee. (Various)

Livingston boss Mark Burchill thinks former Bo'ness United midfielder Scott Pittman looked "better than most Rangers players" yesterday. (Sunday Herald)

Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield reckons Friday's win over Motherwell will silence those who thought the Dons had blown their title chances in the 4-0 loss to Celtic earlier this month. (Sunday Express)

Kilmarnock striker Lee Miller climbed out of his sick bed to feature as a substitute and claim his first goal in 11 months in yesterday's 1-0 win over St Mirren. (Various)

Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson is convinced every club in Scotland will soon have an artificial surface, saying the pitch at Rugby Park has brought the club and the community closer together. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter calls for patience from supporters after yesterday's loss at Twickenham, leaving the team without a win with one game remaining in the Six Nations. (Various)

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw admits he feared a thrashing when England ran in their first try after four minutes in the 25-13 defeat. (Various)

After losing all of their World Cup group matches, Scotland's cricket captain Preston Mommsen says qualification for the World T20 is essential to give players more experience at the highest level. (Scotland on Sunday)

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