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Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean warns Celtic that the Dons are capable of winning at Celtic Park when they visit on Sunday, a result that could blow the race for the Scottish Premiership title open. (Daily Express, Daily Record)

Inverness attacker Marley Watkins, whose team sit third in the Scottish Premiership, maintains that the pressure for a European place is all on fourth-placed Dundee United when the sides meet at Tannadice on Tuesday evening. (Daily Mail)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes on-loan striker John Guidetti should stay at the club and says Anthony Stokes will remain. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone goalie Alan Mannus
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, a former Northern Ireland goalkeeper, has made signing goalie Alan Mannus on a new contract his number one priority

Midfielder Kris Commons, who missed the 3-3 draw in the first leg of Celtic's Europa League match against Inter Milan, reckons that, with their porous defence, Inter Milan are there for the taking in the San Siro on Thursday. (Various)

With news of dressing-room arguments leaking from Inter, their manager Roberto Mancini will mark his 100th day in charge of the Serie A side by playing "wonderkid" Mateo Kovacic against Cagliari on Monday evening. Mancini says his century of days in the job have been "exhausting yet beautiful". (Daily Record)

Mancini orders his defence to cut out the sloppy errors. (Various)

After making four changes from the Inter first leg for the 4-0 win over Hamilton Accies on Sunday, Deila describes his selection options as a "celebration" rather than a "problem". (The Sun)

The Scottish Football Association has agreed a partnership with World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar, with the Qatari FA saying there will be "an enhanced relationship in order to improve the football system in both Qatar and Scotland". (Various)

Goalkeeper Lee Robinson says the circumstances that have seen him start for Rangers against Hibs and Raith Rovers are far from ideal - his team-mate Steve Simonsen was given a one-match ban for betting on games - but he is determined to make the most of his chance to help Rangers secure second spot in the Championship. (Daily Record)

Having signed Murray Davidson and Chris Kane on new deals at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has made keeping goalie Alan Mannus beyond the summer, when his contract runs out, his priority. (Daily Record)

Alasdair Dickinson
Alasdair Dickinson played in the 15-8 defeat by France in Paris but feels Scotland should have won the match

Capped 82 times by Estonia, former Middlesbrough forward Tarmo Kink is training with Inverness Caledonian Thistle with a view to a possible move for the free agent. (Daily Express)

Dundee manager Paul Hartley has informed Falkirk that he intends to offer a pre-contract deal to the Bairns' top scorer Rory Loy, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland rugby head coach Vern Cotter faces a selection headache for the Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday. With locks Grant Gilchrist and Richie Gray out with arm injuries, Jim Hamilton is struggling to be fit. (The Times)

Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson says the team's story in the Six Nations this season so far can be summed up by "could've, would've, should've". (Daily Mail)

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