Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibs, Ross County, St Johnstone

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has leapt to the defence of his Old Firm rival Ronny Deila and admitted he can't believe the criticism the Celtic boss is enduring. (Various)

Celtic have allowed Carlton Cole to take a break back home in England for personal reasons. (Daily Record, print edition)

Derek McInnes has urged his Aberdeen players to emulate the "energy and momentum" which has taken little Leicester to within touching distance of a stunning Premier League triumph. (Various)

The Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final is set to take place at Hampden on Sunday, 17 April. (Scottish Sun)

Scotland Women's coach Anna Signeul maintains her star player Kim Little doesn't get anything like the attention she deserves - because of her gender. (The National, print edition)

Kim Little in action for Scotland in a Euro qualifying win against Belarus last October
"In Scotland we have one of the best players in the world," coach Anna Signeul says of Kim Little

Scottish football bosses cannot be trusted to look after the welfare of kids who play for our senior clubs, according to children's commissioner Tam Baillie. (Daily Record, print edition)

Alan Stubbs believes a few days of training in the Spanish sunshine will ensure Hibs are in the best shape possible for Sunday's League Cup final against Ross County. (Scotsman)

St Johnstone skipper Dave Mackay will be back for the start of next season after successfully undergoing his hip operation. (The Courier)

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared, while Nir Bitton has returned to training after missing three matches through injury. (Scotsman, print edition)

Inverness CT manager John Hughes insists his celebrations at Easter Road were justified, even if it did wind up some Hibernian supporters. (Various)

Dick Campbell has confirmed his interest in becoming the next manager of League Two outfit Arbroath. (The Courier, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Catriona Matthew, who will receive a Scottish Golf Lifetime Award this week, is on course to be part of the UK team as her sport returns to the Olympic games in Brazil this summer after more than 100 years. (Scotsman)

Judy Murray believes the lure of defending the Davis Cup will drive her son Andy through a gruelling summer schedule. (Daily Mail, print edition)

Stephen Maguire is facing a battle to qualify for this year's World Snooker Championship. (Scottish Sun)

Paul Collingwood says Scotland have a chance to change the future of cricket in this country as they look to set up a World T20 showdown against England.(Daily Mail, print edition)

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