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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes claims St Johnstone proved more difficult to beat than Celtic after watching the Dons move level on points with the Premiership leaders. (Sunday Mail)

Meanwhile, McInnes has blanked Celtic skipper Scott Brown's dismissal of Aberdeen's title chances. "It was important for us to win [against St Johnstone] because the script was written if we hadn't," said McInnes. (Scottish Sun)

Kilmarnock will interview former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark - most recently in charge of Blackpool - for their managerial vacancy after hopes of landing Billy Davies faded. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew will make a surprise comeback today in the Scottish Cup tie against East Kilbride, as he aims to earn a new deal at the club. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels wants a new contract as he targets winning all four divisions with the Ibrox outfit. (Sunday Mail)

Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen insists his side's Scottish Cup progress at Partick Thistle's expense won't prove a distraction from the battle to avoid relegation from the Premiership. (Various)

Former Newcastle and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark
Kilmarnock bound? Lee Clark has been linked with the Rugby Park vacancy

East Kilbride goalkeeper Jacob Kean grew up idolising Henrik Larsson but will be doing his best to knock boyhood heroes Celtic out of the Scottish Cup. (Various)

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie is relishing the prospect of his Edinburgh derby debut but believes sampling the atmosphere of Cardiff versus Swansea will stand him in good stead to face Hibs in the Scottish Cup. (Sunday Mail)

Mark Warburton is confident Rangers will see off Kilmarnock in their Scottish Cup replay at Rugby Park. (Various)

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs insists his players do not suffer from an inferiority complex ahead of this afternoon's Edinburgh derby - despite playing in a different league from Hearts. (Various)

Hearts have made "huge leaps and bounds" since the Vladimir Romanov era and are thriving under the steady stewardship of Ann Budge, says former Hearts defender Christophe Berra. (Sunday Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland must learn from their mistakes following the painful Calcutta Cup defeat at Murrayfield, according to captain Greig Laidlaw. (Various)

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