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St Mirren captain Steven Thompson reveals he accidentally stabbed team-mate John McGinn in the leg with a spiked pole in a training ground prank. (The Sun)

Celtic's Tannadice hat-trick hero Leigh Griffiths claims his team were due a bit of luck in being awarded a penalty by Willie Collum in their 3-0 win on Sunday when they should merely have had a free-kick outside the box. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila said the fortunate penalty award cannot be compared to the decision that went against his team last weekend when Inverness defender Josh Meekings handled the ball and prevented Leigh Griffiths scoring with a header in their Scottish Cup semi-final, which Inverness won. (The Sun)

Steven Thompson and John McGinn
Steven Thompson plans to give John McGinn his St Mirren win bonus to try to make amends after his prank went wrong

Griffiths says he would prefer to win the Scottish Premiership title playing in front of a packed Pittodrie on 10 May than sitting at home watching Aberdeen drop points. (Daily Record)

John Rankin, the United midfielder who brought down Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven outside the box, says Willie Collum cannot be blamed for the decision to award a penalty and that video replays are required to help officials. (The Herald)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is waiting to hear if Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will recover from an ankle injury in time to play against the Republic of Ireland on 13 June. (Daily Record)

Rangers teenager Tom Walsh believes his team will be playing in the Scottish Premiership next season if they play without fear in the play-offs. (Daily Record)

Hibernian may have failed to beat Falkirk in four matches so far this season but on-loan striker Martin Boyle is confident his team can beat them next Saturday to clinch second spot in the Championship and avoid two play-off matches against Queen of the South. (Daily Record)

Adam Ashe
Adam Ashe helped Glasgow Warriors to another bonus-point win over Connacht on Saturday

Tom Taiwo, who scored for Falkirk against Rangers in the 2-2 draw on Saturday, predicts the war of words between his manager Peter Houston and Hibs counterpart Alan Stubbs may continue in the build-up to Saturday's vital Championship game. (Daily Mail)

Morton's on-loan striker Declan McManus says helping the Greenock club to the League One title on Saturday at Cappielow would be the biggest moment of his career. (Daily Mail)


Glasgow Warriors number eight Adam Ashe insists the team will need to "be firing from the first minute" against Ospreys in Swansea on Friday 8 May as they chase one more win that would guarantee a home semi-final in the Pro12. (Daily Mail)

Anthony McGill says there was a time he considered calling a halt to his snooker career when he was playing in low-key tournaments and it was affecting his family life. (Various)

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