Scottish Gossip: Mark Warburton, Rangers, Inverness, Celtic, St Mirren

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

"Bad management off the pitch, bad management on it. They had their pants pulled down by their biggest rivals and he's coming out moaning about negativity. The job's too big for him" - former Celtic striker and current BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton's take on Mark Warburton's performance as manager of Rangers, who drew with Ross County on Saturday after losing heavily to Celtic last weekend. (Various)

Midfielder Joey Barton will have to apologise unreservedly to Warburton for undermining his authority if he is to save his Rangers career. The pair meet on Monday after Barton returns from a ban from the training ground. (Daily Record)

Rangers currently have no plans to sack Barton but will do so if he does not fall into line at Ibrox. (Sun)

Ross County defender Andrew Davies believes the fear factor has gone for opponents playing in front of 50,000 fans at Ibrox. (Various)

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran
Inverness CT manager Richie Foran called for "brave" referees after Don Robertson had decided Erik Sviatchenko had not fouled Ross Draper as he raced towards the Celtic goal

Following Sunday's 2-2 draw against Celtic, Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran slams referee Don Robertson for not sending off Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko when Caley Thistle's Ross Draper went down under a challenge from the Dane as he bore down on the Celtic goal. (Various)

Midfielder Draper says some Celtic players agreed with him that Sviatchenko had pulled him down on the edge of the Celtic penalty box. (Times)

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair reveals that manager Brendan Rodgers has instructed his players to be "tougher as a team going forward". Sinclair became the first Celtic player since Jimmy McGrory to score in each of the first five league games of the season. (Various)

Alloa manager Jack Ross and BBC Scotland football pundit Steven Thompson, two former St Mirren players, are two names in the frame to replace sacked Alex Rae as Buddies boss. (Daily Record)

Jack Ross has impressed this season as manager of Alloa Athletic
Jack Ross has impressed this season as manager of League One Alloa Athletic

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says he would rather lose matches playing attractive football and creating lots of chances than win them with long-ball tactics. (National)

Striker Moussa Dembele insists he is at Celtic "for the long term", saying he signed for Brendan Rodgers' team to establish himself as a player. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is pleased the Dons have rediscovered their "killer instinct" as they beat Dundee 3-1 at Dens Park. He now wants them to knock St Johnstone out of the Betfred Cup last eight on Tuesday and beat Rangers in the league on Sunday. (Various)

Morton chairman Douglas Rae criticises the section of fans who chose to boo manager Jim Duffy at recent games, urging them to "amend their ways or stay away from Cappielow". The Ton beat Dunfermline 2-1 on Saturday to move up to seventh in the Championship. (Sun)

Motherwell's Ryan Bowman is brought down by Hamilton's Darren Lyon and wins a penalty
Motherwell's Ryan Bowman is brought down by Hamilton's Darren Lyon and wins a penalty

Motherwell forward Ryan Bowman feels that if the Steelmen can reproduce the home form that helped them beat Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton 4-2, then they can "beat anyone, Rangers, Celtic, whoever". (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Davis Cup captain Leon Smith refuses to be drawn on whether Andy Murray has played his last match for Great Britain. Reigning champions GB lost 3-2 to Argentina in the semi-final in Glasgow at the weekend. (Various)

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