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Sunderland have put Celtic's Peter Lawwell high up on their shortlist of names to fill their chief executive vacancy.(Daily Mail)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has questioned Hampden Park chiefs' latest decision to relay their problematic pitch only a week before the Scottish Cup semi-finals, in which the Ibrox side take on city rivals Celtic, with he and Peterhead counterpart Jim McInally both being unimpressed by the standard of the surface during Sunday's Petrofac Training Cup final. (Daily Mail)

Peterhead manager Jim McInally believes that the decision to relay the Hampden pitch on Monday in preparation for this weekend's Scottish Cup semi-finals will make the surface safer to play on after revealing that three of his players suffered injuries during Sunday's 4-0 Petrofac Training Cup final defeat by Rangers.(The Herald)

Kieran Kennedy says Celtic striker Colin Kazim-Richards is lucky to have dodged a red card and a Scottish Cup semi-final ban for violent conduct after the Turkey international grabbed the Motherwell defender's neck as the pair clashed in Saturday's Premiership game at Fir Park. (The Herald)

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has been linked with Sunderland

Midfielder Liam Craig has admitted that he and his St Johnstone team-mates will be Celtic fans for the day when Ronny Deila's side face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final as there will be an extra Europa League place available if the Hoops win a Premiership and cup double. (The National, print edition)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who scored the fourth goal in Sunday's Petrofac Training Cup final win over Peterhead, believes Mark Warburton's side are more than capable of matching Celtic when the Old Firm clubs meet in the Scottish Cup semi-finals this weekend. (The Herald)

Rangers captain Lee Wallace has dedicated Sunday's Petrofac Training Cup victory to the fans who packed Hampden Park.(The National)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton believes that Harry Forrester, the 25-year-old midfielder who joined the club from Doncaster Rovers in December, will sign a long-term contract having found somewhere he feels "loved". (The Herald)

Captain Lee Wallace says Rangers will go into their Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic full of confidence after completing a double of the Scottish Championship title and the Petrofac Training Cup.(The Scotsman)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is hoping that this year's Scottish Cup semi-final will be decided by the players instead of the officials, his side having lost 3-2 at the same stage last season to eventual winners Inverness Caledonian Thistle after officials failed to spot a handball on the line from Josh Meekings. (Daily Record)

David Moyes
David Moyes is reportedly among the targets for Aston Villa

Former Everton and Real Sociedad manager David Moyes is the leading contender for the vacant Aston Villa job along with former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson.(Daily Telegraph)

Dundee United captain Paul Paton, whose side sit bottom of the Scottish Premiership, fears that, because of the quality of sides in the second tier, the Tannadice club might never get out of the Championship if they are relegated. (The Scotsman)

Dundee United captain Paul Paton says the fans who walked out during Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle were right to do so as he would have done the same because his side were so poor.(Daily Record)

OTHER GOSSIP

Craig Chalmers, the former fly-half capped 60 times for Scotland, has claimed that, early in his career, a team-mate cheated a drugs test by urging a fellow player to provide a urine sample in his place.(Daily Record)

Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Masters champion, admits that he might only play a maximum of two more times at the tournament after the 58-year-old failed to make the cut on his 35th appearance. (The Scotsman)

Annika Sorenstam, Europe's captain for the Solheim Cup, has backed Catriona Matthew to take charge at Gleneagles in 2019 but wants the Scot to be part of her playing team at the next event in Iowa.(The Scotsman)

Ryan Finnerty's record of longest-serving Braehead Clan coach has been extended even further with the news the Canadian has signed up for the new campaign, the man who has delivered two consecutive Gardiner Conference titles having had a question mark over his future following an anti-climactic end to his team's campaign. (The Herald)

Helen Jenkins wins in Australia
Helen Jenkins is likely to make the British Olympic team after her win in Australia

Dundee Stars have signed another British prospect for next season's Elite League, agreeing terms with Cameron McGiffin, the Great Britain Under-20 defenceman presently with Peterborough in the English Premier League, on a one-year contract. (The Sun, print edition)

Braehead Clan have agreed to release Great Britain prospect Jordan Cownie from his contract to allow the 20-year-old to make a permanent return to Milton Keynes Lightning after a successful loan spell. (The National, print edition)

Nairn-born triathlete Helen Jenkins has all but secured her place at the Olympic Games in Rio after beating world number one Gwen Jorgensen in the World Series leg on Australia's Gold Coast. (The Sun, print edition)

Daniel Purvis has all but sealed his place in the British Olympic team after finishing second to world champion Max Whitlock in the UK Gymnastics Championships all-round final. (Daily Record, print edition)

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