Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Ross County, Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who delayed his media conference while he gave his players a dressing-room dressing down following the 3-2 defeat away to Falkirk, says he and the squad "go to the next level" when they communicate. (Various)

Warburton is interested in signing 20-year-old Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks on a season-long loan. (Daily Record)

Scottish League Cup-winning defender Richard Foster is keen to avoid defeat for Ross County in their Highland derby against Inverness on Saturday afternoon, prior to an open-top bus parade through Dingwall for the Staggies. (Daily Mail)

County manager Jim McIntyre is looking forward to the backing of the home fans in a sold-out Victoria Park, the first capacity crowd in his time there, as they look to strengthen their chances of finishing fourth in the table. (Various)

Niall McGinn
Niall McGinn has scored nine goals in 40 appearances for the Dons this season

Admitting he was "never close to the Champions League nights at Celtic", Aberdeen number 10 Niall McGinn dreams of playing in the competition at Pittodrie should they manage to win the Premiership at his former club's expense. (Various)

Hamilton holding midfielder Grant Gillespie says he will not change his style despite being the Premiership's most booked player, with 12 to his name so far this season. (National)

Celtic's free-scoring striker Leigh Griffiths calls Henrik Larsson's record of 53 goals in season 2000-01 "ridiculous", adding that only "Ronaldo and Messi could get those kind of stats". (Various)

However, he reveals he is targeting Charlie Nicholas's tally of 48 goals in season 1982-83. (Sun)

Despite the occasional rumour to the contrary, former Celtic striker John Hartson cannot envisage Neil Lennon returning to Glasgow's east end to replace manager Ronny Deila because the hassle is just too great. (Sun)

Celtic are subsidising the cost of tickets to boost the number of travelling fans at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park, chipping in £6 towards the £26 charge. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark's ideal double this weekend would be guiding the Ayrshiremen to a win over Celtic then watching his beloved Newcastle beat rivals Sunderland on Sunday. (Various)

Scotland hooker Ross Ford
Revenge is on Scotland hooker Ross Ford's mind after the heavy defeat dished out by Ireland last year

Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield will aim to realise his dream of playing in a World Cup by representing Canada, for whom he qualifies through his dad, after being overlooked by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. The former Falkirk player is in Canada's squad for their double-header against Mexico. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland hooker Ross Ford believes it would be "silly" if the squad did not look to last season's 40-10 Murrayfield mauling by Ireland to help focus minds ahead of this year's final Six Nations match in Dublin. (Daily Mail)

Referring to his stunning volleyball pass that led to Tim Visser's try against France last weekend, Stuart Hogg says he got a bit lucky and that, had Scotland "been points down, then I might not have tried something so crazy". (Times)

Charlie Flynn and Joe Ham won their respective bouts against England's Jordan Ellison and Latvia's Dmitrijs Gutmans at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel on Friday. (Daily Record)

Scotland's 800m specialist Lynsey Sharp says the banned Russian athletes have not been missed as she prepares to race in the semi-finals of the World Indoors Championships in Oregon. (Daily Record)

Eve Muirhead, and her rink of Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid and Rachel Hannen, begins her bid for a second world title when play gets under way at the Ford World Women's Curling Championships in Swift Current, Canada. (National)

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