Saturday's Scottish Gossip:

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers top-scorer Martyn Waghorn, out since mid-February with a knee injury, made a last-ditch plea to be included against Celtic tomorrow but manager Mark Warburton will not risk the striker. (Various)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila says Rangers, with the second biggest budget in Scotland, should be at least on a level with Aberdeen and Hearts. (Various)

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen is asking Dundee United fans to forget their league woes and cheer the team on to Scottish Cup semi-final success against Hibs today. (Daily Express)

Hibernian striker Jason Cummings reckons United will be dogged by memories of a 3-0 League Cup defeat at Easter Road earlier this season. (Various)

And Cummings says he would love a Scottish Cup winners medal to taunt his Hearts supporting older brothers. (Various)

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has been taking the advice of Ibrox legends John Greig and Walter Smith ahead of his first taste of the Old Firm derby. (Various)

Warburton labels criticism of Celtic boss Ronny Deila as "staggering" and "inappropriate" ahead of Sunday's big game. (Herald)

Hibs manager Alan Stubbs is confident his side can rediscover form after a run of two wins from 11 games, saying there were positive signs in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at home to Falkirk even though they conceded two late goals. (Various)

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton is urging his old team to "smash Rangers all over Hampden", saying it will only be a 50-50 game if the Premiership leaders "don't turn up". (Daily Record)

Patrick Roberts has told Manchester City that he is keen to honour his 18-month loan at Celtic rather than return to try to impress new boss Pep Guardiola. (Daily Record)

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus, formerly captain at Celtic, reckons Scottish football will be "100 times better" with Rangers back in the top flight next season. (Herald)

Glasgow City head coach Scott Booth is critical of the stop-start nature of the early SWPL season. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

As Andy Murray prepares for his third Monte Carlo Masters semi-final against Rafa Nadal, the Scots says he will need to be patient to grab a first win against the Spanish clay court specialist. (Various)

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