Scottish Gossip: Aberdeen, Niall McGinn, Rangers, Hibs

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers have no chance of catching Aberdeen to finish second in the Premiership, claims Gordon Smith. However, Sunday's match at Pittodrie and the post-split game against the Dons will give manager Pedro Caixinha a measure of the strength of the Rangers team. (Sunday Post)

Former Celtic winger Davie Provan believes Caixinha, a former matador, "would have been safer in the bull ring" than coming to Rangers and will "do well to last a season". (Scottish Sun)

Aberdeen's loss of Niall McGinn at the end of the season must not turn into an exodus of their top talent, argues Archie Knox, assistant to Craig Brown when they signed him for the Dons. (Scottish Sun)

Reflecting on the non-stop demands of being Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes recalls: "Whether it's the top of a rollercoaster or in the queue for the Harry Potter ride, I've managed to get deals done." The Dons boss says he is now better at switching off from work on days with his family. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor hopes to join his clubmates in the Scotland team. Six Celtic players were in the starting XI against Slovenia recently - Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths. (Sunday Post)

Callum McGregor
Callum McGregor hopes to swell the Celtic contingent in the Scotland squad

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon fears Scotland's referees have an agenda against him after seeing referee Bobby Madden turn down an appeal for a penalty against Morton in Saturday's 1-1 Championship draw. "I don't get it. Maybe there is an agenda, I don't know. Maybe I'm getting paranoid. Their player used two hands to block a goal-bound shot. I just don't understand it," complains Lennon. (Sunday Mail)

Peter Lawwell, the Celtic chief executive, urges Scotland's politicians to embrace a more progressive attitude to the club's plans to redevelop the areas around Celtic Park and create a commercial zone including a hotel. (Sunday Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour, 65, will be guest of honour at a star-studded Glasgow show on Thursday 20 April to mark his retirement. It also ends his direct involvement with the club, having agreed to stay on for three years after he sold up in 2014. (Scottish Sun)

Nestor Tobias, the promoter of Ricky Burns' next opponent Julius Indongo, hopes his fighter doesn't become the victim of a hometown decision when the pair meet in the world super-lightweight unification bout in Glasgow on Saturday. (Sunday Herald)

Edinburgh cyclist Callum Skinner admits his Olympic successes have brought a weight of expectation as he leads Britain's medal challenge at this week's World Track Championships in Hong Kong. (Sunday Herald)

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