Scottish Gossip: Tyler Blackett, Graeme Shinnie, Rugby World Cup woe

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic defender Tyler Blackett is determined to keep the club at the top of the Scottish Premiership and plans to help propel them to the top of their Europa League group - Celtic play Molde on Thursday. (Daily Express)

Former Ayr United, Aberdeen and Scotland manager Ally MacLeod has been inducted in to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame along with Bobby Brown, George Graham, Professor Stewart Hillis and Maurice Malpas. (Various)

Aberdeen left-back Graeme Shinnie believes luck may have deserted the Dons as they fell to another league defeat away to Ross County on Friday. (Various)

Andy MacLeod collects the trophy for his late father Ally after he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame
Andy MacLeod collects the trophy for his late father Ally after he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame

New Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen claims Dundee United will soon find their scoring touch as their 1-0 defeat at home to Hearts made it 10 games without a win. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald says picking up his fourth win bonus of the season was made all the better because the 2-0 win over Inverness was the first time the Ayrshire club had kept a clean sheet in seven months. (Daily Express)

Hamilton striker Dougie Imrie apologies to Dundee for his over-the-top goal celebrations in front of the away dugout at New Douglas Park. (Daily Express)

Former Rangers player Alex Miller has praised the passing ability of ex-Ibrox team-mate Johnny Hamilton, who has died aged 66. (Various)

Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth points to the contribution of the club's co-owners, Laura Montgomery and Carol Anne Stewart, as the team won their ninth Scottish Women's Premier League title in a row with a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen Ladies. (Herald)

Queen of the South midfielder Kyle Hutton detects a change of mood at Ibrox, saying that when he played for Rangers, had the team gone into the home dressing room 1-0 down at half-time, "all hell would break loose". (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland trio Greig Laidlaw, WP Nel and Ross Ford look crestfallen at the final whistle at Twickenham
Scotland trio Greig Laidlaw, WP Nel and Ross Ford look crestfallen at the final whistle at Twickenham

Scotland may have lost 35-34 to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, but they have gone from being the Six Nations laughing stock to "standard bearers for the Northern Hemisphere". (Sun)

Australia's Bernard Foley scored a very late penalty to clinch the semi-final place, with referee Craig Joubert the subject of intense criticism for ruling that Scotland's Jon Welsh had deliberately handled the ball from an offside position, after his team-mate Josh Strauss had knocked the ball on via the arm of Australia's Nick Phipps. (Various)

Denton thinks it is "unbelievable" that the rules say the referee could not refer the penalty incident to the television match official. (Herald)

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw questions why the referee could not go to the TMO for "such a big decision". (Times)

Sir Clive Woodward, England's World Cup-winning coach, says the TMO seems to have been used in "every other scenario" at the World Cup and, irrespective of the protocol, should have been used to clarify who had touched the ball last before Welsh. (Daily Mail)

Scotland number eight David Denton describes the defeat as "the toughest loss" of his career, adding that the result will live with the players for the rest of their lives. (Sun)

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings, on BBC Radio 5 live, described as "despicable" Joubert's running up the tunnel immediately after sounding the final whistle. (Various)

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says the atmosphere at Twickenham, where the Scots are used to being "booed and heckled all the time", was "cracking". (Herald)

Edinburgh super-middleweight John McCallum lost his British title eliminator to Leon McKenzie when he was stopped in the sixth round in London. (Sun)

Stirling golfer Craig Lee has almost guaranteed his tour card for next year with a joint-sixth place finish at the Portugal Masters, which was won by England's Andy Sullivan. (Sun)

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