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New SFA performance director Malky Mackay aims to persuade clubs to allow colt teams from Celtic and Rangers to join the SPFL set up. (Sunday Mail)

US side San Jose Earthquakes are stepping up their pursuit of Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre. (Mail on Sunday)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says giving Stuart Armstrong the captaincy for yesterday's win over Dundee was a "symbol" for the midfielder and other players, urging those on the fringe of the first team to follow his example. (Mail on Sunday)

New Hearts head coach Ian Cathro is calling for unity after his Tynecastle debut, a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle, ended in a chorus of boos from home fans. (Scotland on Sunday)

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn hopes his two goals in Friday's win at Hamilton will earn him a run in the starting line-up as he looks forward to the Hogmanay clash with Celtic. (Scotland on Sunday)

Waghorn says there is nothing to rumours that he will leave Ibrox in January, saying he is "more than happy" although he is yet to agree a new contract. (Sun)

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is determined to keep his place after scoring in three successive matches, saying it's up to Moussa [Dembele] to try and shift me now. (Sunday Herald)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele adds to his growing reputation by being named the French Under-21 Player of the Year, ahead of Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman and Manchester United forward Anthony Martial. (Sunday Mail)

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean is fed up hearing criticism from Aberdeen, saying his team-mates were labelled "rugby players" at Pittodrie last weekend and pointing out Saints' excellent recent record against the Dons. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he now enjoys playing outfield in training, having been determined to improve his distribution skills after being dropped from the team earlier this season. (Scotland on Sunday)

Rangers are not going bridge the gap on Celtic overnight says assistant manager Davie Weir and thinks finishing second would represent "a good, solid season". (Sunday Times)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre was delighted with yesterday's win over Aberdeen but thinks referee Craig Thomson got the red card decision for Kenny van der Weg all wrong. (Sunday Mail)

Hibs midfielder John McGinn, currently recovering from ankle surgery, says he knew it was time to go under the knife when he was in too much pain to celebrate the best goal of his career against Ayr United last month. (Sun)

Having joined Hibs on an emergency loan, Kris Commons aims to learn from Neil Lennon as he targets a move into coaching. (Sunday Mail)

SFA performance director Malky Mackay wants a mentoring scheme for Scottish coaches to avoid a "crash" in their first job. (Telegraph)

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