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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic assistant boss John Collins insists his side must produce their best performance of the season to see off Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday night. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, Collins has ruled himself out of the running to become the SFA's new performance director, following the departure of Mark Wotte. (Scottish Sun)

Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano has revealed the Austrians are determined to ensure goalkeeper Craig Gordon does not save Celtic this time around, after his sensational display when the sides met earlier in Group D. (Daily Record)

Former Northern Ireland star Gerry Armstrong, who works as pundit in Spanish football, insists Soriano is no world class striker. (Daily Record)

Kris Commons
Celtic star Kris Commons is attracting interest from several clubs south of the border

Legia Warsaw's Ondrej Duda hopes his team avoid Celtic in the Europa League knockout phase should the Scots also qualify, after the Poles were controversially kicked out of the Champions League qualifiers despite beating the Glasgow outfit. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has conceded his chances of signing teenage sensation Martin Odegaard from former club Stromsgodset look slim, with Real Madrid appearing to have won the race to snap him up. (Scottish Sun)

Leicester are the latest club to join the chase to secure the services of Celtic forward Kris Commons. (Daily Express)

Kris Boyd admits he should have been red carded for a wild challenge when his Rangers side lost to Hearts at the weekend. (Daily Record)

Some of Rangers' senior players are angry that former Ibrox defender John Brown has slated them for their displays this season. (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot reckons Ibrox manager Ally McCoist should not be receiving flak, and in fact should have a statue built in his honour. (Star)

Hearts' Adam Eckersley believes the Tynecastle men have the quality to beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup this Sunday. (Daily Record)

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan says Rangers' ongoing financial problems are a concern for the whole of Scottish football. (Daily Record)

Adam Eckersley
Adam Eckersley is confident Hearts can follow their win over Rangers by beating Celtic in the Cup

And Regan wants talks with Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley over the future of the Ibrox club. (Daily Mail)

Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster is delighted that more than 40 fans have put their names forward to join the club's board. (Daily Record)

Dundee hope to sign in-form striker David Clarkson on a new long term deal. (Various)

Hamilton hitman Tony Andreu has no immediate plans to leave the club, but the 26-year-old would love to one day play in England and fulfil his dream of starring for French giants Marseille. (Various)

St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers, who worked under 11 managers in his time at Hearts, is adamant sacking manager Tommy Craig is not the answer for the struggling Buddies. (Scottish Sun)

Peterhead will not appeal the punishments they have been hit with for fielding the banned Reece Donaldson in a game against Ayr United. (Various)

Striker Chris Kane has revealed his joy at being mentioned on Twitter by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, after he scored for Dumbarton against the writer's beloved Hibs. (Daily Record)

Former Livingston manager Allan Preston fears the club could 'die' like Gretna did, with the Lions suffering yet more financial problems. (Scottish Sun)

Blair Cowan
London Irish star Blair Cowan was in great form for Scotland in the recent autumn Test series

Scotland striker Shaun Maloney is a target for Everton, whose manager Roberto Martinez took the player to Wigan. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors star Peter Murchie is desperate to return to the Scotland set-up, having watched the national side win two of their three autumn Tests under Vern Cotter. (Daily Record)

Scotland's Blair Cowan is thrilled to have signed a new deal that will keep him at London Irish until 2018. (Scotsman)

Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Charlie Flynn is in no rush to set up title fights after turning professional. (Daily Record)

And Flynn has hailed the ability of former world champion Scott Harrison as inspirational. (Daily Mail)

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