Scottish Gossip: Aberdeen, Hibs, Celtic, Rangers, Alnwick, Swanson

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Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack is desperate to mark his captaincy of the club with a trophy, with the Dons facing Hibernian in Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final. (National)

Hibs manager Neil Lennon admits the 12:15 BST kick-off for Saturday's game is "unfair" on Aberdeen fans. (Daily Record)

Dons boss Derek McInnes has urged his players to silence their critics and reach the final. (Evening Express)

Scottish Cup trophy
Four sides make their way to Hampden this weekend hoping to go a step closer to winning the Scottish Cup

Darren McGregor says Hibernian will "thrive" as "underdogs" at the national stadium. (Scotsman)

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has demanded his players take one spot-kick in each of their training sessions this week in preparation for a possible penalty shoot-out against Celtic on Sunday. (Herald)

Jak Alnwick, 23, is in line to make his Rangers debut in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic after first-choice goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was injured in training on Friday. (Sun)

Jak Alnwick
Alnwick joined Rangers from Port Vale in January

Manager Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic would have appealed against captain Scott Brown's red card against Ross County regardless of the circumstances which allow him to face Rangers on Sunday because the manager feels the dismissal was the wrong decision. (Scotsman)

And Rodgers warns referee Don Robertson another mistake like the award of County's penalty in their 2-2 draw in Dingwall last weekend could end his hopes of officiating in the top flight. (Daily Record)

Rangers' Danny Wilson feels fellow defenders David Bates and Myles Beerman, who have recently come into the first team, are ready to face Celtic if called upon. (Sun)

Hibs have agreed a pre-contract with St Johnstone midfielder Danny Swanson and the 30-year-old will move to Easter Road this summer. (Scotsman)

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