Scottish Gossip: Celtic fired up for Molde revenge, Aberdeen still in title race

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Premiership Dundee United are underdogs for tonight's League Cup quarter-final visit to Hibernian insists manager Mixu Paatelainen. (Various)

Israel international midfielder Gai Assulin has rejected a request to extend his training spell with Rangers, the 24-year-old having already spent a fortnight with the Championship leaders. (Daily Express)

Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs is "relaxed" about the mounting interest in striker Jason Cummings. Huddersfield, Fulham, Rotherham, Bolton and Burnley all had scouts watching the 20-year-old score his 11th goal of the season at the weekend. Scotsman

Former striker Chris Sutton believes it is "a huge plus" for Celtic to have winger James Forrest fit and on form as they bid to get their Europa League campaign on track at home to Molde on Thursday. (Various)

Nir Bitton says the Celtic players are desperate to atone for a poor performance against Molde in Norway, with the midfielder stressing that manager Ronny Deila should not take the flak. (Various)

Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Ward
Aberdeen keeper Danny Ward believes his team-mates can rediscover their early season form

Goalkeeper Danny Ward claims Aberdeen can recover from a run of four defeats in their last five Premiership matches and get themselves back in the title race. (Sun)

BBC head of sport Barbara Slater has told the SPFL to forget about trying to squeeze a bigger share out of the contract to screen domestic games. (Herald)

Alex Miller insists he has no designs on replacing Ian Murray at St Mirren after being recruited to assist with team affairs at the Paisley club. (Various)

Kenny Miller is confident Rangers will bounce back from their first league loss of the season, saying "we have 24 games left and we'd like to think we could win every single one of them". Herald

And 35-year-old former Scotland striker Miller believes he can keep playing for another five years if he steers clear of serious injury. Daily Record

Dunfermline have commissioned a one-off strip to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of former captain Norrie McCathie to be worn against Cowdenbeath on 2 January. (Scotsman)

Head coach Robbie Neilson says Canadian teenager Dario Zanatta is a "huge talent" after giving the 18-year-old his debut as a substitute during the weekend win at Partick. (Herald)

Hamilton Accies' head of sports science Colin Clancy is moving to Middlesbrough in January after being head-hunted by the English Championship side. (Sun)

The latest court judgement on the "Rangers tax case" will be issued today, following a second appeal from HMRC. The verdict will have no impact on the current regime at Ibrox. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Scotland skipper Andy Nicol thinks it would be "massive" if Glasgow Warriors can get head coach Gregor Townsend to commit to a new contract. (Daily Mail)

Marc Warren, currently ranked 20th, is on course to secure his best season on the European Tour and retains hopes of a Ryder Cup place next year. (Daily Express)

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