Scottish Gossip: Inverness, Celtic, Frank McParland, Blair Adams, Brendan Rodgers

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

John Hughes recalls how he used a bit of "fake news" to inspire his Inverness players to a shock Scottish Cup triumph over Celtic, telling his Nigerian forward Edward Ofere that Celtic defender Jason Denayer had said he was easy to play against. (Daily Mail)

"As far as I am concerned I'm a big softie," remarks former Scotland and Everton centre forward Duncan Ferguson, who insists he is a far mellower coach than he was a player, and is so keen to succeed he worked for free for a year. (Times)

Rangers chief scout Frank McParland is set to quit, throwing into doubt the long-term future of manager Mark Warburton. McParland has been left frustrated by the lack of backing he feels his manager has received in the transfer market. (Scottish Daily Express)

Duncan Ferguson
Duncan Ferguson has been working as a coach at Everton for whom he scored more than 70 goals

Unhappy with the value for money offered by Joey Barton, the crocked duo of Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter, and more recent captures including Philippe Senderos and Joe Garner, senior club figures at Ibrox believe a revamp of the scouting operation is essential if Rangers are to get closer to Celtic next season. (Daily Mail)

Mark Warburton admits he is under pressure to beat Morton in the Scottish Cup on Sunday. "You are always under pressure as a Rangers manager or a Rangers player. If we draw a game of football it is nearly a disaster and if we lose a game of football it is a disaster," says the Englishman. (Sun)

Left-back Blair Adams is enjoying life at Hamilton Accies and admits he's just happy to be involved after being frozen out at Cambridge United. (Daily Record)

Head coach Neil Lennon admits Hibs travel to Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup on Sunday as underdogs but insists they will do so without fear and with nothing to lose. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Brendan Rodgers is confident the Celtic hierarchy will back him to smash the club's transfer record. He won't blink at topping the £6m Celtic spent on Chris Sutton and John Hartson if he feels the new recruit enhances his side. (Scottish Daily Express)

Blair Adams
Blair Adams is enjoying life at Hamilton Accies

Rodgers doesn't want to say how long he plans to be at Celtic. "I will never sit and promise I will be here for 10 years, five years, six months. I never say anything. I just do the very best I can for however long that is. If that's for the next six months or another two years, let's see what happens," he says. (Daily Record)

Former St Mirren striker Steven Thompson calls for technology and video assistant referees to be introduced to help eliminate errors. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Winger Tommy Seymour believes that Scotland's greatest asset at the Stade de France on Sunday will be their defensive solidity rather than the cutting edge the back line displayed against Ireland in attack in the Six Nations opener. (Daily Telegraph)

Andy Murray believes the incident in which Canada's Denis Shapovalov hit a ball into umpire Arnaud Gabas's face during the Davis Cup tie against Great Britain will cause players to be more cautious about the way in which they express their frustrations on court. (Times)

As Murray returns to training after a disappointing Australian Open, he is confident that his lengthy break - which included 10 days completely away from tennis - will restore his energy enough for him to participate in Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against France. (Daily Telegraph)

Murray warns Roger Federer to stay clear of deep-fried Mars Bars when he visits Glasgow to play in Andy Murray Live, a charity exhibition match. (Sun)

Time is running out for Edinburgh to start climbing the Pro12 table if they are to have any hope of reaching the top half and claiming a place in the European Champions Cup, head coach Duncan Hodge admits. (Herald)

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