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Steve McClaren is expected to be told today he has been sacked as Newcastle United head coach, with owner Mike Ashley keen to move quickly to secure the services of David Moyes. (Daily Telegraph, print edition)

Newcastle United's directors are debating whether to sack manager Steve McClaren - with David Moyes and Rafael Benitez candidates to replace him. (The Guardian)

Norwich City are leading the race to sign Scotland winger James Forrest, who has rejected the offer of a contract extension with Celtic, but Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers have also declared an interest. (Daily Mirror, print edition)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will ban his players from talking about the forthcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic until the week of the game. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic winger James Forrest
Norwich are said to be leading the chase for Celtic winger James Forrest

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton thinks Celtic will face a tougher challenge from Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final than they did in last season's League Cup.(Daily Record)

Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson thinks the Scottish Cup semi-final draw gives Rangers a chance to prove they can challenge Celtic for the Premiership title next season once they secure promotion. (Daily Record)

Ronny Deila is adamant Celtic remain favourites to win the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers next month despite the dip in form that has led to renewed calls for him to be sacked as manager.(The Herald)

Striker Kenny Miller insists Rangers have no fear of Celtic after drawing the champions in the Scottish Cup semi-finals despite their Glasgow rivals easing to a 2-0 win in the same stage of last season's League Cup. (The Scotsman)

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven says a clear-the-air meeting between the squad and manager Ronny Deila helped their side to a 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Greenock Morton. (The Sun, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes he has taken the first step towards winning back the trust of the club's fans with the 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Greenock Morton - a crowd of only 14,858 turning up at the Scottish champions' home tie. (Daily Record)

Blair Spittal says the Dundee United players believe they can avoid relegation as long as they continue to show the desire and determination exhibited in a fighting 3-2 Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over Ross County in Dingwall. (The Courier)

Glasgow Warriors' Alex Dunbar in action against Cardiff Blues
Glasgow Warriors' Alex Dunbar has reportedly been called up to the Scotland squad

Seven fans were arrested during Ross County's Scottish Cup quarter-final match on Saturday, with more than 70 seats being broken in the Global Energy Stadium's North stand, occupied by Dundee United fans, signs being torn down and fans venturing on to the pitch - and there is the potential for further arrests after a report was submitted to the procurator fiscal and police said there was the potential for further arrests. (Press & Journal)

Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum says Saturday's win over Partick Thistle has given his side renewed hope that they can overtake second-top Aberdeen despite a six-point gap between the sides. (The National, print edition)

As Scotland coach Gordon Strachan prepares to name his squads for friendlies against Czech Republic and Denmark, West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher has insisted he can still win more caps despite now being 32. (Daily Record, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors centre Alex Dunbar has been called up to the Scotland squad for the Six Nations match against France with Edinburgh centre Matt Scott likely to be ruled out with an arm injury. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Scotland's hopes of a morale-boosting win before the start of their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign were dashed when their match against the Netherlands in Mohali, India, was called off because of rain. (The National, print edition)

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