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Ally McCoist concedes Rangers fans were right boo the Scottish Cup draw with Albion Rovers but claims he still has their backing. (Various)

Striker Tony Watt is facing an early return to Celtic after criticising the manager of loan club Lierse.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Airdrie midfielder Nicky Cadden will spend the day at school before heading to Ibrox to play in front of 50,000 as Rangers seek to secure the League One title.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Celtic winger James Forrest has suffered a further fitness blow after picking up a groin injury in a Scotland training session ahead of the victory over Poland in Warsaw.

Dundee United's Gary Mackay-Steven
Gary Mackay-Steven aims to test himself in England's top flight

Full story: Daily Record

Former Aberdeen boss Craig Brown says current Dons manager Derek McInnes should be named manager of the year - even if his side lose Sunday's League Cup final against Inverness CT.

Full story: The Sun (print edition)

Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven is eyeing a move to the English Premier League next year when his contract at Tannadice expires, admitting that he wants to test himself at the highest level. (Various)

Dundee boss Paul Hartley hopes fit-again striker Steven Doris can bolster his side's Championship title challenge. "We know how good Steven can be so it'll be a boost to get him back," he said. (Various)

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell has rounded on critics of manager Ally McCoist , insisting the Ibrox outfit have had a "fantastic season". (Various)

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has hit back in the war of words with Inverness counterpart John Hughes ahead of Sunday's League Cup final, accusing Hughes of changing his tune over the pre-final fixture schedule. (Various)

Italian outfit Palermo have joined the race to sign Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning. The Irishman, out of contract in the summer, has also been linked with Celtic, Rangers and Ipswich Town.

Full story: Express

Former Aberdeen cup-winning manager Alex Smith has described the police's decision to refuse the Dons more tickets for Sunday's League Cup final as "a poor reflection on us" as a nation. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's Paul Di Resta doesn't believe Formula 1 has seen the last of him. Di Resta is preparing himself for a return to DTM, the German touring car series he won in 2010 before moving to Formula 1.

Full story: The Scotsman

The governing body for athletics in Scotland faces a period of uncertainty following confirmation that Steven Maguire, the director of coaching for scottishathletics, has been poached by UK Athletics to head up their sprints and hurdles programme.

Full story: The Herald

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