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Hibernian boss Neil Lennon will urge the SFA postpone his disciplinary hearing to avoid wrecking his Scottish Cup semi-final preparations. Lennon is due to appear before Hampden chiefs on 20 April, just two days before the semi-final against Aberdeen.

Full story: Daily Record

Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon has accused Pedro Caixinha of disrespecting the Rugby Park outfit by naming his Rangers side more than a day before their Premiership fixture. (Various)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon
Hibs boss Neil Lennon doesn't want his Scottish Cup semi-final preparations interrupted

Hearts will not appeal against the red card shown to midfielder Sam Nicholson for allegedly spitting in the direction of assistant referee Stephen Mitchell in the defeat by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor says the Dons are determined to prove they are now the second force in Scottish football. Speaking ahead of Sunday's game against third-placed Rangers at Pittodrie, Taylor says: "The aim is to finish the league season as strongly as we can and maybe win the Scottish Cup." (Daily Record)

Defender Myles Beerman discovered through social media that he was poised to make his Rangers debut. The 18-year-old Maltese left-back featured in the goalless draw against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in midweek. "I found out I was playing when the manager [Pedro Caixinha] did his press conference," Beerman revealed. "I was definitely surprised, I can't describe the feeling." (Daily Record)

Fit-again Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has praised the role of manager Brendan Rodgers in keeping him positive through his recovery from ankle surgery. "He always spoke to me and gave me the added motivation to keep working hard," says the Australian. (Various)

Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald says securing a top-six place this season would be "a great achievement". The Jags are within one victory of doing just that, but Archibald warns: "We are Partick Thistle and we tend to do things the hard way and mess things up." (Daily Record)

Rangers debutant Myles Beerman
Myles Beerman learned of his Rangers debut via social media

Former referee Charlie Richmond has criticised Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson over his alleged spitting incident. "I've never known of an incident like this in Scottish football, where a player has been accused of spitting at an official," he says. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists the victory over Hearts proves his side haven't been distracted by the Richard Foster/Danny Swanson spat. (Various)

Hearts players need to raise their game to ease the pressure on under-fire head coach Ian Cathro, according to Hearts midfielder Don Cowie. (Various)

Former Aberdeen and Scotland boss Craig Brown has praised the "exceptional" job done by Dons boss Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty at Pittodrie. (Scottish Sun)

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong believes talks over a new deal at the club will take care of themselves. "We are looking at it," he says. "I am really happy here and playing some of the best football of my life." (The Herald)

Scotland captain Gemma Fay says signing a professional contract with Icelandic champions Stjarnan was a prudent move ahead of Euro 2017 this summer. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Adam Hastings says he signed for Glasgow Warriors to fulfil his dream of playing for Scotland like dad Gavin. The fly-half, who will join on a two-year contract from Bath in the summer, believes regular games at Scotstoun will give him the chance to impress Gregor Townsend. (Daily Mail)

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