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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has accepted that he will have to resign or be sacked if Aberdeen beat his side to the Premiership title this season. (The Times)

Deila will not wait to be sacked if Aberdeen win the league - he will resign. (Daily Star)

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton insists the club's hierarchy made a "massive mistake" by keeping Deila as manager. (Daily Record)

The Norwegian has told Celtic supporters he wants to earn a place in their hearts, saying he "wants to be loved". (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen legend Alex McLeish says a title win for Derek McInnes' side this season would be on a par with the Dons league success in 1980 under Sir Alex Ferguson, but would not eclipse the Cup Winners' Cup triumph against Real Madrid in 1983 as the greatest moment in the club's history. (Daily Record)

Ronny Deila
Defeat at Aberdeen saw Celtic's lead at the top of the Premiership cut to three points

Ex-Aberdeen striker and current Motherwell manager Mark McGhee believes there are striking parallels in the race for the title either side of the border, and insists the Dons and Leicester City can prevail. (Daily Mail)

Hearts owner Ann Budge says the club hope to tie up manager Robbie Neilson on a long-term deal. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has confirmed he plans to offer pre-contract agreements to Inverness pair James Vincent and Danny Williams. (Scottish Sun)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright hopes to persuade chairman Steve Brown to hand him a slice of the transfer fee received from Michael O'Halloran's switch to Rangers to bring in new recruits. (The National)

Lee McCulloch insists he has given no thought to the possibility of being given the Kilmarnock manager's job on a permanent basis. McCulloch takes charge of the side for the Scottish Cup tie with Rangers after the resignation of Gary Locke. (Daily Mail)

Steve Lawless
Steven Lawless has been linked with a move to Dundee United

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre says he will use his own team's shock League Cup semi-final win over Celtic to warn his players against complacency when they face junior outfit Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup this weekend. (The National)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald insists Steven Lawless will not be distracted by talk of a possible move to Dundee United. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers chairman Dave King has revealed the Ibrox club have made the first moves to end their retail deal with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct group. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has warned new England coach Eddie Jones to brace himself for the shock and awe of a Calcutta Cup baptism of fire. (Daily Record)

Cotter paid tribute to John Barclay's enduring talent and commitment after naming him in the starting XV to face England in the Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Saturday. It will be Barclays first Six Nations action in over three years. (The Times)

Matt Scott
Matt Scott insists the Scots will keep emotions in check ahead of their Six Nations clash with England

Centre Matt Scott says some of his team-mates were so fired up to face England when they last visited Murrayfield in 2014 they were moved to tears, before surrendering to a 20-0 defeat. Scott insists the Scots will not let emotion hinder their performance on Saturday. (The National)

Dylan Hartley says that those who want to see his first Six Nations game as England captain blow up in his face will be left disappointed. (Daily Express)

Graham Gano insists the pressure of performing in front of a worldwide audience will not affect him when he takes the field for Super Bowl 50. The Scottish kicker will line up for Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in San Francisco on Sunday. (Daily Record)

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