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Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney insists the Dons will be even stronger next season in response to Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha suggesting their cycle of success was coming to an end. (Daily Record)

Pedro Caixinha has told winger Barrie McKay he must be patient before he discovers if Rangers are willing to make him an improved contract offer. (Scotsman)

Ex-Aberdeen skipper Derek Whyte says current captain Ryan Jack would be taking a step backwards by signing for Rangers. (Sun)

Celtic assistant boss Chris Davies welcomes West Brom's reported interest in midfielder Stuart Armstrong - because it proves the Scottish champions are doing a good job. (Daily Express)

Former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant says it is a great honour to be taking up the role as the new Scotland Under 21 assistant coach. (Daily Record)

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro was present during the post-match meeting between Alexandros Tziolis and Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha which prompted speculation that the Greek midfielder could be on his way to Ibrox, saying it was simply friends catching up. (Scotsman)

Hearts' Alexandros Tziolis and Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
Cathro had a glass of wine with Alexandros Tziolis and Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox on Saturday

Manager Neil Lennon says Hibs are locked in talks aimed at bringing on-loan duo Efe Ambrose and Ofir Marciano back to Easter Road. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Falkirk boss Peter Houston reckons the team with most character will progress to the play-off final after last night's 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice in the first leg of the semi. (Sun)

Former Rangers star Mark Walters dismayed that racist abuse still exists in the Scottish game. (Daily Record)

Aberdeen Ladies have refused to travel to Edinburgh for tonight's scheduled SWPL1 fixture against Spartans. saying it is unreasonable to expect their players, who are all amateurs and include schoolgirls, to ask for time off to travel. Spartans will be awarded a 3-0 win. (The National, subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Andy Murray dismisses suggestions that his world number one status is affecting him as his alarming slump in form continued with a second round exit at the Italian Open, where he was defending champion. (ATP World Tour)

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