Scottish Gossip: Moussa Dembele, Jason Holt, John McGinn, Dundee United

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

After scoring a hat-trick in the 5-2 win over St Johnstone, Celtic fans can perhaps relax about star striker Moussa Dembele's state of mind - despite all the speculation about a move to Chelsea. "It's easy not to get distracted," he says. "I'm a very calm kind of guy and I don't really let this type of thing get in my head. I focus only on enjoying my football at Celtic and I'm very happy to be here." (Daily Mail)

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright claims referee Craig Thomson "couldn't wait" to award league leaders Celtic a penalty at McDiarmid Park. (National)

Midfielder Jason Holt insists wounded Rangers will fire back to silence their critics as a 4-1 midweek hammering by Hearts was followed with a frustrating 1-1 draw at home against Ross County. (Daily Record)

Rangers defender Rob Kiernan needed the protection of several stewards at Ibrox on Saturday after "coming under attack from a bitter mob of fans". (Sun)

Esmael Goncalves and John McGinn celebrate their League Cup semi-final win over Celtic in 2013
Esmael Goncalves and John McGinn celebrate their League Cup semi-final win over Celtic in 2013

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn isn't surprised to see his old St Mirren mate Esmael Goncalves hit the ground running at Hearts after teaming up with Austin MacPhee, and he's looking forward to facing him in the Scottish Cup. (Daily Record)

McGinn says anything other than promotion to the Premiership will be regarded as failure at Easter Road. (Scotsman)

Greek midfielder Alex Tziolis believes his experience of the derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos will make sure he's not scared at Tynecastle in the Cup tie this weekend. (Sun)

Manager Ray McKinnon enjoyed seeing his Dundee United side regain their "swagger" as they cut the gap to Championship leaders Hibernian to six points with a 3-0 victory over Raith Rovers. (Evening Express)

Motherwell striker Louis Moult claims referee Andrew Dallas told him players are not allowed to tackle any more. "Woeful whistler" Dallas sent off Carl McHugh when he "clearly" won the ball against Hearts. "Players need to be careful now. If you go to ground you give the ref a decision," says Moult. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Jonny Gray's tackling was immense against the Irish at Murrayfield on Saturday
Jonny Gray's tackling was immense against the Irish at Murrayfield on Saturday

Head coach Vern Cotter hailed the 'huge' leadership of Greig Laidlaw after Scotland's inspirational scrum-half guided his side to a shock win over Ireland at Murrayfield. (Daily Mail)

Cotter feels the Six Nations win means Scotland can travel to ­Paris this weekend confident of ­winning in France for the first time since 1999. (Scotsman)

Scotland lock Jonny Gray reveals that the agony of previous defeats in the dark blue jersey motivated the team to beat Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. "The experiences we've had before, there's been a lot of pain in the Scotland shirt. It's how you learn from that. We've still got a lot to grow," he says. (Scottish Daily Express)

Kirsty Gilmour departed Perth's Bell's Sports Centre on Sunday with two trophies - the women's singles title and the mixed doubles title, won with Patrick MacHugh - having completed her set of senior titles at the Yonex Scottish Badminton Championships. (Herald)

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