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Hearts head coach Ian Cathro insists his side could compete with Celtic - if football did away with goalposts.

Lamenting the absence of a top-class finisher within his squad, Cathro said: "Take away the goalposts and we are able to compete. It wasn't one team waiting on Celtic (in Hearts' 5-0 loss at Tynecastle) to score."

Full story: Daily Record

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro
Jumpers for goalposts? Ian Cathro had an interesting take on the loss to Celtic

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon faces a touchline ban for the Edinburgh club's Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen. Lennon has been issued with an SFA notice of complaint regarding three separate flashpoints in his clash with Morton counterpart Jim Duffy at Easter Road. (Various)

Brendan Rodgers has tipped Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic to become one of the best playmakers in Europe. The Australian midfielder, sidelined for four months following ankle surgery, has returned to the fold. "He's an amazing player and can grow into one of Europe's top midfielders," says Rodgers. (Various)

'An enormous job'

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists his side are ready for Rangers' visit to Pittodrie on Sunday - irrespective of what Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has up his sleeve. The Dons have won 10 consecutive home games, eclipsing Sir Alex Ferguson's nine-game run during his Dons tenure. (Various)

Aberdeen celebrate their winner at home to Inverness CT
With victory at home to Inverness CT, Aberdeen eclipsed Sir Alex Ferguson's winning run

Pedro Caixinha has "an enormous job" on his hands at Ibrox, according to former Rangers boss Graeme Souness. "I don't think it [Caixinha's appointment] was a good idea," says Souness. "There are a lot of good coaches in our isles." (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock striker Greg Kiltie is worth more than £1m and is starring in the mould of former Rugby Park favourite Steven Naismith, according to Killie forward Kris Boyd. (Daily Record)

Pedro Caixinha will give debuts to two Rangers rookies in tonight's Premiership game against Kilmarnock: Myles Beerman and David Bates will feature at Rugby Park as Rangers respond to a spate of injuries. (Various)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd is puzzled by former club Rangers' search for a Scottish coach to join Pedro Caixinha's coaching staff. "I can understand the pull of it but it seems every player who used to play for Rangers has been linked with the job," says Boyd. "For me, I don't know if it's something he [Caixinha] wants to do or if it's been forced upon him." (The National)

Meanwhile, the Rangers boss insists he won't be rushed into making a decision on striker Kenny Miller's future. The veteran forward is out of contract in the summer. (Various)

Kilmarnock midfielder Greg Kiltie
Greg Kiltie is worth more than £1m, says Kilmarnock team-mate Kris Boyd

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