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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Willie Collum has been axed for two more rounds of Premiership games following his latest high-profile refereeing gaffe. (Various)

Celtic are ready to go to war with Europe's big guns over plans to offer Champions League wild card entries. (Scottish Sun)

Paul Hartley is backing Gary Harkins to handle the boos from the blues after Dundee set up a Scottish Cup showdown with Rangers. (Daily Record)

Mark Warburton has warned his Rangers team they need to remain 'relentless' in their pursuit of promotion if they are to finish in front of title rivals Hibernian. (Daily Mail)

Raith left-back Sean Mackie
Raith left-back Sean Mackie, 17, is a target for Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibs

Hearts are battling it out with rivals Hibs for Raith's teenage left-back Sean Mackie - who has played just one minute in the first team. (Scottish Sun)

Erik Sviatchenko insists Celtic have to believe they can still make an impact in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

The Highland League could be set to tear itself apart with the threat of a breakaway movement of up to nine clubs looming. (Press and Journal)

Michael O'Neill is set to sign a new £2m deal to become Northern Ireland's best-paid manager - and finally kill off reports linking him with Celtic. (Daily Record, print edition)

Airdrie have snapped up Rangers starlet Jordan Thompson on a one-month loan deal. (Scottish Sun)

Jamie MacDonald reckons Lee Clark's mind management can help Kilmarnock beat the drop. (Various)

Mark Warburton would welcome a chance to enter a 'B' side in the Scottish league system in a bid to improve the quality of player attempting to break into his first-team squad. (The Herald)

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has admitted he doesn't want the speculation about his future to cease - because that would mean the Easter Road side had stopped winning games. (Edinburgh Evening News)

OTHER GOSSIP

Greig Laidlaw has insisted Scotland can still have a say in the outcome of this year's Six Nations Championship - provided they end a nine-match losing streak in the tournament and beat Italy in Rome on Saturday. (The Herald)

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