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Kilmarnock will need to trump Manchester City if they are to name Neil Redfearn as their new boss. The former Leeds United and Rotherham manager is to be interviewed for the vacant Rugby Park post, but has already been offered a role with the Man City academy. (Daily Star)

Redfearn has been offered a role in the Man City youth set-up, but is keen to speak to Kilmarnock and will meet with Rugby Park chairman Jim Mann today. (Daily Express)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has revealed he has been made to feel like a criminal after a turbulent fortnight at Parkhead, which included defeat to Premiership title rivals Aberdeen and a League Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Ross County. (The Herald)

Deila admits he has sat after games and thought, "I don't want to do this anymore because it is so painful to lose." (Scottish Sun)

The Norwegian says the League Cup defeat to County was particularly painful as his twin daughters were watching from the stands. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes will make a decision this week on whether to sign Nigerian trialist Daniel Adejo. (The Herald)

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn is reportedly interested in the vacant Kilmarnock job after being sacked by Rotherham

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is hoping the the club are nearing a deal that will persuade James McFadden to remain at the club until the end of the season. McFadden's plans of moving to the United States have fallen through. (The Scotsman)

Fir Park defender Stephen McManus insists players must be listened to when deciding if more plastic pitches are to be installed at Scottish football grounds, not just the money men running clubs. (The National)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton joined the growing debate on the merits of artificial pitches by stating his firm opposition to them, and suggested they could be stifling investment into the Scottish game. (The Times)

Alloa have told Rangers to stop moaning about the pitch at Recreation Park, which has been reduced by 10 metres in width ahead of the visit of Warburton's side on Saturday. Wasps chairmain Mike Mulraney recalled the Ibrox club using similar tactics when they reduced the size of the pitch for a European Cup game against Dynamo Kiev in 1987. (Daily Record)

Paul Hartley says St Johnstone's form began to suffer as a result of the speculation ahead of Michael O'Halloran's move to Rangers. Saints have not registered a home win since the start of December. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs hit back at Hearts' hypocrisy after his side were accused of over-celebrating their Edinburgh derby draw at Tynecastle. Stubbs says Hearts celebrated in similar style when Alim Osturk snatched a dramatic last-gasp equaliser at Easter Road last season. (Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Duncan Taylor
Duncan Taylor replaces the injured Matt Scott in Scotland's midfield to face Wales on Saturday

Scotland have taken the initiative ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales by declaring that they are happy to play the game with the Principality Stadium roof closed. (The Times)

Head coach Vern Cotter insist Scotland are on the right track despite suffering a record eight successive Six Nations defeats. (Daily Star)

Matt Scott will miss the Wales match through injury, but hopes to be back fit for Scotland's next match away to Italy in two weeks time. (The Herald)

Scott's replacement Duncan Taylor says he is not daunted by the task of stopping Welsh juggernaut Jamie Roberts. (Daily Record)

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