Scottish Gossip: Halliday, Hibs, Rangers, Johansen, Snodgrass

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday is adamant clubs trying to prise manager Mark Warburton from Rangers are wasting their time, the Englishman having been linked with Fulham and QPR. (Daily Record)external-link

Halliday has challenged Scottish Championship title rivals Hibernian to prove they have as much character and bottle as the Ibrox side. (Sun)external-link

And the midfielder believes Hibs have less pressure on them to win Scotland's second tier. (Herald)external-link

Andy Halliday and Jason Cummings
Halliday's Rangers currently lead Jason Cummings' Hibernian by five points

The recent war of words between Warburton and Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs over how well funded Rangers are is just "pantomime", according to Easter Road first-team coach John Doolan. (Scotsman)external-link

Hibs defender Paul Hanlon insists the club can "hang on" to top scorer Jason Cummings. (Daily Record)external-link

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen admits he cannot blame his poor form on injuries, saying: "I haven't been playing to the standard that is required." (Daily Record)external-link

Bournemouth's 26-year-old Scotland winger Matt Ritchie is being watched by Manchester United. (Daily Mail)external-link

Matt Ritchie scores for Scotland against Poland
Ritchie (right) scored for Scotland against Poland last month

Left-back Andy Robertson is delighted to see his Hull City and Scotland team-mate Robert Snodgrass getting his boots back on after 15 months out injured for the midfielder. (Daily Record)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

European rugby organisers face a headache in re-organising fixtures that were postponed in France following last week's attacks in Paris, with five games including Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors having been called off. (Scotsman)external-link

Meanwhile, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray vows he will not "live in fear" of terrorism at Great Britain's Davis Cup final in Belgium later this month. (Daily Record)external-link

Murray reflected on "a tough match with a lot of long rallies" after beating David Ferrer in straight sets in their opening ATP World Tour Finals match in London. (The National)external-link

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