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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rudi Skacel has criticised the SPFL's decision to block his proposed return to Hearts because of the Edinburgh club's transfer embargo. (Sun)

Rangers shouldn't be among the top five teams fancied to win the Scottish Cup, according to former St Johnstone boss Owen Coyle. (Record)

Former Celtic winger Joe Miller in action against Terry Butcher in the 1989 Scottish Cup final
Joe Miller believes an Old Firm Scottish Cup final would boost the game in Scotland

Former Celtic winger Joe Miller believes an Old Firm Scottish Cup final could give football north of the border "a wee boost". (Record)

Striker Kenny Miller has ended speculation over a return to Rangers by insisting he wants to extend his deal with Vancouver Whitecaps. (Record)

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster's impressive form reminds team-mate Virgil van Dijk of Netherlands legend Edwin van der Sar. (Various)

Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies insists the Pars will "give it our best shot" in Friday's Scottish Cup tie against Rangers. (Various)

Dundee United aim to emulate their Scottish Cup winning heroics of 2010 in this year's competition, according to midfielder Morgaro Gomis. (Various)

Striker Jon Daly, who helped Dundee United knock Rangers out of last season's Scottish Cup, aims to help the Ibrox outfit progress to the final this term. (Various)

Owen Coyle has criticised the "disgraceful" treatment of Neil Lennon during the League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle but Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is confident his manager won't be forced out of Scottish football. (Various)

Dundee striker Christian Nade has tipped Paul Hartley to shine at the club, should he be named the Championship outfit's new manager. (Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Scotland and British Lions star Peter Wright fears this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash against England could be an "embarrassment" on account of the poor Murrayfield pitch. (Mail)

Paul Lawrie has tipped fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher to be named in Europe's Ryder Cup team for this year's titanic clash at Gleneagles. (Various)

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