Scottish Gossip: McInnes, Celtic, Lisbon Lions, Jack, Rangers, Premiership play-off

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has emerged as a leading target for Sunderland who are seeking David Moyes' successor following their relegation from the English Premier League.

Full story: The Scotsman

McInnes is one of four names on Sunderland's shortlist as the club's board plots their next move as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.

On the day Celtic commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions, club chairman Ian Bankier says there is "a whiff" of the Lions about Brendan Rodgers' Treble-chasing squad this season. (Scottish Sun)

Brendan Rodgers is Celtic's modern-day Jock Stein, according to the club's chief executive Peter Lawwell. "He [Rodgers] is the real deal and not only are we fortunate to have him, he is loving it," says Lawwell. (The Herald)

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been linked with Sunderland

Derek McInnes has appealed to Aberdeen supporters to lay off Rangers-bound Dons midfielder Ryan Jack during the Scottish Cup final at Hampden. Graeme Shinnie has succeeded Jack as club captain. "I urge everybody: the focus has got to be on supporting the team," says McInnes. "We need all the help we can get." (Scottish Sun)

Brendan Rodgers can lead Celtic to a European final, according to former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk. "I do think this Celtic team could get to the Europa League final next season," says the Dutchman. "I've been very impressed by what I've seen this year." (Scottish Sun)

Hamilton Accies midfielder Ali Crawford says the club aim to dedicate a Premiership play-off final victory over Dundee United to injured captain Mikey Devlin. (Various)

Injured Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has resumed training as Brendan Rodgers mulls over whether to include the Frenchman in his Scottish Cup final squad. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee United midfielder Willo Flood believes a one-off game against Hamilton Accies would be better than the two-leg Premiership play-off final format. "A winner-takes-all would be better for the whole of Scottish football," says Flood. (Daily Record)

Rangers agreed to a replay of their European Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1972 because of a pitch invasion, according to claims by Dynamo Moscow legend Anatoly Baidachny. (Daily Record)

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn is confident the players will live up to manager Neil Lennon's expectations by finishing second in the Premiership next season. (Various)

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk
Celtic can reach another European final, says Pierre van Hooijdonk

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Celtic assistant boss Sean Fallon's honesty was a crucial ingredient in his success with manager Jock Stein. The pair led Celtic to the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon, and Sir Alex says: "Jock would have depended on Sean telling him the truth. There are some assistants who will just nod their heads." (Daily Record)

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has urged his team-mates to seize the opportunity to secure a domestic Treble when they face Aberdeen in Saturday's Scottish Cup final. (Various)

Rangers are aiming to sign Portuguese central defender Fabio Cardoso, who plays for Primeira Liga outfit Vitoria Setubal. Cardoso, under contract until 2020, is likely to command a £1.25m fee. (Daily Mail)

Hamilton Accies midfielder Massimo Donati insists the Premiership play-off against Dundee United will eclipse featuring for Celtic in the Champions League and starring in Serie A. (Various)

Queens Park Rangers are weighing up a £1m move for Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean. McLean has a year remaining on his current deal at Pittodrie. (Daily Express)

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha wants to add Hearts winger Jamie Walker to his squad next season. The Portuguese is also keen on Walker's Hearts team-mate Callum Paterson, with the pair expected to cost in excess of £1m. (Daily Express)

Neil McCann is seeking assurances from the Dundee board that he will be given money to strengthen his squad before committing himself to the manager's post. (Daily Express)

Hearts winger Jamie Walker
Rangers have been linked with Hearts winger Jamie Walker

OTHER GOSSIP

Russell Knox has a new caddie and is gunning for a fresh start after the Scot slipped to 34th in the world rankings, failing to record a top-10 finish in 11 events on the PGA Tour. (Various)

Former England star Will Greenwood has tipped Stuart Hogg for a starring role in the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour. "Hogg in attack is superb to watch and over the last couple of years has got stronger and more confident," says Greenwood. (Daily Record)

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