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Caretaker boss Kenny McDowall says only those inside Rangers can appreciate what former manager Ally McCoist did to hold things together at the troubled Ibrox club. (Sunday Mail)

And McDowall apologised to Rangers supporters for yesterday's heavy defeat in his debut match in charge of the team. (Various)

Hibernian playmaker Scott Allan reckons Rangers were fortunate to escape with a 4-0 drubbing at Easter Road, saying: "I think we could have got a few more if we'd wanted to". (Sun)

Hibs manager Alan Stubbs described the performance as "close to perfection" but insists there will be no partying since the next fixture is the New Year derby at Tynecastle. (Various)

Kilmarnock's last-gasp match-winner on Saturday, Alexei Eremenko, reveals that the back and groin injuries that have sidelined him recently have been caused by the artificial surface at Rugby Park. (Sunday Mail)

Graeme Shinnie insists speculation over a move to Aberdeen in the summer will not alter his focus for Inverness against the Dons today. (Sunday Mail)

Aberdeen can move to within two points of leaders Celtic with a win today but manager Derek McInnes admits any challenge is likely to be dictated by the form of the defending champions. (Various)

Serbian striker Stefan Scepovic is confident he can put his stuttering Celtic start behind him and shine in 2015. (Sunday Mail)

Hearts midfielder Morgaro Gomis is urging the club's crop of young talent to stay on and develop at Tynecastle. (Various)

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has again urged sought-after Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard to snub top clubs across Europe for a move to Glasgow. (Sun)