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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is considering a summer transfer move for Scotland left-back Andy Robertson after Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce admitted they will struggle to turn down an offer for the 21-year-old. (Here Is The City)

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has vowed to back manager Ronny Deila in the transfer market before a fresh tilt at the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen defender Shay Logan has accused Kris Commons of a lack of respect after the Celtic midfielder suggested that the Dons never posed a serious threat in the Scottish Premiership title race despite leading by four points in January. (The Scotsman)

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons believes manager Ronny Deila's newly-crowned Scottish champions are better than the team that reached the last 16 of the Champions League under Neil Lennon. (The Scotsman)

Andy Robertson in action for Hull City
Hull City and Scotland defender Andy Robertson is being linked with Aston Villa

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell admits the club took a risk in appointing Ronny Deila as manager but feels the Norwegian's first title win can be a launch pad to lasting success. (The Guardian)

Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson, who also played for Barcelona against Real Madrid, says the Old Firm derby against Rangers eclipses the El Clasico in terms of significance because of the atmosphere and the fervour of the fans. (The Herald)

Rangers have no plans to train on a synthetic surface ahead of the first leg of their SPFL Premiership play-off quarter-final against Queen of the South this weekend, despite lost twice this season on the Dumfries side's artificial pitch.(The Herald)

Hearts striker James Keatings believes Queen of the South can beat Rangers, Hibernian and a Scottish Premiership side in the play-offs and join the Tynecastle club, who won the title, in the top-flight next season. (Daily Telegraph)

Hearts midfielder Miguel Pallardo will take the stand on Monday in a Spanish match-fixing court case, being one of 42 people named in a complaint by anti-corruption authorities who maintain that Real Zaragoza's 2-1 win at Levante in 2011, which saved them from relegation, had been agreed in advance.(The Herald)

Hearts midfielder Miguel Pallardo
Hearts midfielder Miguel Pallardo will appear in a Spanish court investigating match-fixing claims

Scottish Professional Football League board member Mike Mulraney, of Alloa Athletic, has urged clubs to reconsider plans to allow season ticket holders free entry to top-flight play-offs and rediscover the togetherness that heralded the introduction of the season finale. (The Herald)

Brora Rangers midfielder Stuart Kettlewell had been warned he risked having to undergo a hip replacement injury by playing against Edinburgh City before scoring the winning penalty in their SPFL play-off.(The Herald)

Jason Naismith claimed Paisley-born referee Craig Thomson dented his hometown club's Premiership survival hopes after the St Mirren defender's appeal for a penalty was waved away during Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Partick Thistle. (The Sun, print edition)

Midfielder Alexei Eremenko believes Kilmarnock's young players must grow up quickly and lose their fear of playing passing football if the Ayrshire side are to avoid relegation. (Daily Express, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray sparked much social media activity after he was mistakenly named a father by glossy magazine People Celeb Watch after fellow tennis player Andy Roddick announced he and girlfriend Brooklyn Decker are a parents-to-be.(Daily Record)

Dundee Stars have named Marc Lefebvre, the former Coventry Blaze boss who had a year as a player with Edinburgh Capitals, as their new head coach after finishing in last place in the Elite League. (The Sun, print edition)

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