Thursday's Scottish Gossip: Rangers, MacLeod, Football Rights, Tavernier, Hearts

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers should consign to the past any bitterness over the club's perceived sense of injustice regarding events in 2012, according to former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod. (Various)

Scottish Professional Football League chairman Ralph Topping has warned the BBC that clubs will pull the plug on TV highlights and live radio broadcasting rights to top-flight games unless the corporation increases its contract offer. (The Times)

The Celtic squad will be playing for their futures when they face Rangers in Sunday's Old Firm Scottish Cup clash, according to Swedish defender Mikael Lustig. (Various)

James Tavernier has set his sights on a Rangers goal-scoring target at Hampden on Sunday: a 15th goal of the domestic campaign would see him eclipse a club record haul for a defender in one season currently shared by John Greig and Sandy Jardine. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers defender James Tavernier
James Tavernier is gunning for a goal-scoring record for a Rangers defender

Hearts captain Alim Ozturk believes securing European football next season will take the Edinburgh club to the next level and help them to attract more players. (Scottish Sun)

Inverness CT are not out of relegation play-off trouble, according to the club's midfielder Iain Vigurs. (Various)

Watching Falkirk celebrate a 2-2 draw at Easter Road will serve as motivation for Hibs in the promotion play-off race, says Hibs striker Jason Cummings. (Various)

Mixu Paatelainen says defender Gavin Gunning remains a Dundee United player - despite the club issuing a statement stating he had left Tannadice by mutual consent - but insists the Irishman will not play for the club again. (Various)

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn hasn't given up hope of being fit to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday despite struggling with a knee injury. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is confident winger Patrick Roberts will impress against Rangers should the teenager be given the nod by Ronny Deila in the Scottish Cup semi-final. (Daily Record)

Hibernian forward Martin Boyle believes the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United on Saturday offers the chance to atone for the League Cup final defeat by Ross County. (the National)

Neil Lennon insists he has no regrets over his infamous touchline bust-up with Ally McCoist in the aftermath of Celtic's Scottish Cup victory over Rangers five years ago. (Various)

Kilmarnock's "pie war" has intensified over naming rights for the delicacy. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Alan McManus rolled back the years to secure a 20th appearance at snooker's World Championship with a 10-2 win against Jimmy Robertson in the final round of qualifying. (Scottish Sun)

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