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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Midfielder David Templeton states that Rangers were not being "coached the right way" until Stuart McCall arrived at Ibrox last month. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila thinks more Scottish clubs should invest in artificial pitches if they are unable to maintain good quality grass surfaces. (Various)

Scotland will climb 10 places into the top 30 when the new Fifa rankings are released, enhancing chances of making Pot Two when the World Cup qualifying draw is made in July. (Sun)

Having been confirmed as Kilmarnock manager, Gary Locke has been set the task of bringing European football back to Rugby Park. (Daily Express)

Niall McGinn is happy to risk burnout if it means continued success for Aberdeen and Northern Ireland, having had a mere two week summer break. (Daily Mail)

Captain Sean Dillon says the season will be a failure unless Dundee United manage to clinch a European spot. (Various)

Agent John Viola reckons more clubs will follow Dundee United's lead and offer managers a cut of future transfer fees. (Daily Record)

St Johnstone striker thinks making the top six for a fourth consecutive year would be a massive achievement for the Perth club. (Daily Record)

Inverness playmaker Ryan Christie enjoyed the training methods and coaching of interim manager Danny Lennon while on Scotland U21 duty last week. (Daily Mail)

Livingston majority shareholder Neil Rankine says he has been approached by three potential buyers for the West Lothian club. (Herald)

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson says the club are under no pressure to sell any of their promotion-winning stars and is more focused on bringing in new faces. (Various)

And Spanish midfielder Miguel Pallardo has hinted strongly that he is happy to extend his stay at Tynecastle. (Daily Record)

But Hearts will not offer English left-back Adam Eckersley a new deal. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Brora Rangers, who have expressed doubts about winning promotion to the SPFL, were among 17 of 18 Highland League clubs to vote in favour of the new pyramid system. (Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Graeme Thompson, performance director for Scottish & British curling, says major improvements are required over the next two years of Olympic qualifying points, following a poor showing at the Men's World Championship. Ewan MacDonald's rink won just three of their 11 round-robin matches. (Herald)

Glasgow Rocks wasted the chance to claim a play-off spot as Plymouth Raiders claimed a shock win at the Emirates last night. (Various)

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