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Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he has compromised his ideals of good football in order to get results, saying: "I have ditched those principles a lot this season."(Daily Express)external-link

Deila believes it would be "fantastic" to face Everton or Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League after all three clubs progressed to the knock-out rounds. (Daily Record)external-link

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston insists people have been too quick to write off Rangers forward Kris Boyd ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup meeting of the two clubs. (Daily Mail)

Kris Boyd and Allan Johnston
Johnston (right) was Boyd's manager last season

And Rangers midfielder Fraser Aird believes Ibrox still holds a fear factor, despite his side's patchy form. (The Scotsman)external-link

Meanwhile, Aird has hit back at former Rangers defender John Brown's recent criticism of the current Ibrox squad, insisting it will not destroy team unity. (Scottish Sun)

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Tynecastle would be a "great loss" to Scottish football should Hearts decide to leave their current home. (Daily Record)external-link

Chris Sutton playing for Celtic against Hearts
Sutton (centre) enjoyed playing for Celtic at Tynecastle

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has hailed the International FA Board's decision to introduce rolling substitutes of up to five replacements in amateur games as a boost for the domestic game at grassroots level. (The Scotsman)

Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes believes the Dons are yet to hit top form this season as they target Scottish Cup progress against Dundee. (The Herald)external-link

St Mirren midfielder John McGinn hopes "some honest words" at a recent meeting of the players can turn their season around. (Daily Record)

St Mirren's John McGinn playing against Ross County
McGinn is eager to help St Mirren improve upon their recent form

Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley is keen to extend his loan spell from Hull City beyond January. (The Scotsman)external-link

Brora Rangers captain Steven Mackay has Scottish Cup opponents Queen of the South in his sights after scoring 38 goals for the Highland League side this season.(The Herald)external-link


Former world champion Graeme Dott says "it's a joke" his UK Championship second-round match against Anthony Hamilton has been moved to the secondary sports arena in York, which the Scot has described as "the toilet" with "rubbish" playing conditions. (Daily Record)

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