Gossip column: Scottish Cup, Brown, Stubbs, McCall

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic captain Scott Brown is the club's manager in waiting, according to current boss Ronny Deila. (Various)

Inverness CT boss John Hughes witnessed the "wee guy" fall off the Scottish Cup replica at the club's open day but insists it isn't a bad omen ahead of the final against Falkirk. (Various)

Watch the BBC clip of the damage here.

Scottish Cup clip
The Scottish Cup replica was damaged at Inverness CT's open day

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has no problem aiming to topple boyhood hero Stuart McCall - whom he idolised during his Everton days - when the Edinburgh club lock horns in the second leg of their play-off against Rangers. (Various)

Virgil van Dijk should consider leaving Celtic in the summer with a host of clubs interested in the Dutch defender, according to former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Full story: Daily Record

New St Mirren manager Ian Murray says Gary Teale was the first person to phone his congratulations - after being pipped to the vacancy by the former Dumbarton boss. (Various)

Murray insists the Buddies, relegated from the Scottish Premiership this se son, must at least make the play-offs in the Championship next season. (Various)

Dave King has described becoming Rangers chairman as one of the biggest honours of his life. (Various)

Defender Darren McGregor, named Rangers' player of the year, insists personal awards count for nothing if the club fail to secure promotion to the top flight.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Celtic captain Scott Brown
Scott Brown: Future Celtic manager?

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has praised the impact former Hamilton boss Alex Neil has had in the English Championship. "He's been brilliant and all the boys have risen to the challenge," says Hoolahan.

Stuart McCall would look to retain a strong say on player recruitment should he be asked to work with a director of football at Rangers. (Various)

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough is confident he will remain at Fir Park next season regardless of the outcome of the Premiership play-offs.

Full story: The Herald

Victory in the Dundee derby would be a fitting tribute to the club's supporters, says Dens boss Paul Hartley.

Full story: Daily Express

The Scottish FA faces fresh questions over the process which ended in Dave King being granted "fit and proper" status.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend expressed pride in his players after they booked their place in the Pro12 final with a pulsating victory against Ulster. (Various)

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