Scottish Gossip: Pedro Caixinha, Rangers, Brendan Rodgers, Peter Pawlett

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Pedro Caixinha, on the verge of becoming Rangers manager, will arrive in Glasgow over the weekend and take in Sunday's match against Celtic. (Daily Record)

However, 46-year-old Caixinha is unlikely to be in the Rangers dugout at Celtic Park on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

The Portuguese manager's contract at Al-Gharafa was due to expire in April and the Qatar club say it is in their financial interests to let Caixinha join Rangers. (Sun)

Former Mexico boss Miguel Herrera once claimed that incoming Rangers boss Caixinha loves a scrap. "They say he is a good guy and a man of God. But why does he want to fight with so many people?" pondered Herrera, who was manager of Club America when he had his run-in with Caixinha. (Evening Times)

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
Ally McCoist has been impressed by the range of goals scored by Celtic's Moussa Dembele

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro, who was assistant manager at Rio Ave in Portgual, thinks the coffee, the opening hours, the football and the media will all be very different to what Caixinha has experienced before. But he also believes Caixinha's travels as a manager mean it won't take him too long to adjust to his new surroundings. (Sun)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Barcelona's remarkable comeback to seal a 6-1 second-leg win over Paris St-Germain and a 6-5 aggregate victory puts his side's 7-0 loss to Barca earlier this season into context. (Herald)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says midfielder Peter Pawlett turned down a testimonial with the Pittodrie club in favour of a summer move to MK Dons. (Evening Express)

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon believes the backing of 2,500 travelling fans will see his players rise to the occasion at Tannadice on Friday evening as they seek to open up a 10-point gap on Championship title rivals Dundee United. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Celtic will stream Tommy Gemmell's funeral on YouTube on Friday at 12 noon. A broadcast facility has been made available at Daldowie Crematorium in Uddingston. (Evening Times)

Scotland winger Tim Visser
Tim Visser will hope to get a clear run at the England defence on Saturday

Ally McCoist is a fan of Celtic striker Moussa Dembele but says he is not worth the £30m-plus figure that has been touted as his value. (Herald)

"Don't be scared of the mighty Pars," says former Dunfermline manager Jim Leishman in a message to Barcelona, whose stunning Champions League comeback against Paris St Germain evoked memories of the Pars' amazing comeback against Valencia in 1962. Barca have yet to take up Dunfermline's offer to play a friendly. (Daily Record)

Rangers' search for a director of football continues after Southampton's Ross Wilson and Huddersfield's Stuart Webber both rejected the position. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland and Harlequins winger Tim Visser, who lives close to Twickenham, senses unease in the England camp ahead of Saturday's Calcutta Cup match in London: "Speaking to the English public, they think Scotland have a realistic chance, but the players themselves aren't as cocky as they normally are, which is a good sign," he reports. (National)

But Scotland head coach Vern Cotter warns of England: "They have a formula which is working very well for them. They have a bench which has been coming on and finishing games off so those last 10 minutes is something we are aware of. They will move through the gears as the game goes on to hit top speed, and that's our challenge, but we know what is coming." (Sun)

"For the first time in a long, long time Scotland come to Twickenham with a backline that could be the equal of England's in terms of threat, pace and power." (Telegraph)

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