Scottish Gossip: TV blackout, cup draw blunder, Leigh Griffiths

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

The Scottish Cup replays between Hibernian and Hearts and Kilmarnock and Rangers on 16 February face a TV blackout because Uefa rules dictate matches cannot be screened live at the same time as Champions League action. (Daily Record)

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths thanks fans of opposition teams for their messages of support following "pathetic and vile" online abuse. (Various)

Police Scotland are to investigate the Twitter abuse aimed at Griffiths after receiving a complaint. (Various)

Following yesterday's botched Scottish Cup draw, Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton reckons chairman Steven Thompson will be disappointed to have missed out on their initial home draw against Celtic. (Various)

SFA president Alan McRae describes the draw blunder as "a shocker", saying it can't be allowed to happen again and that the widespread criticism "hurts". (Sun)

John Souttar is set to make his Hearts debut at Ross County tomorrow, with defenders Blazej Augustyn and Igor Rossi suspended and Alim Ozturk an injury doubt. (Herald)

And Ozturk will be suspended for the Scottish Cup replay with Hibs after picking up his second booking in the tournament. (Various)

Hearts defender Jordan McGhee was disappointed to miss out on a deadline day loan to Middlesbrough but has been told the English Championship side will retain their interest in him. (Daily Mail)

Motherwell are to scrap their traditional end of season pitch invasion after being found guilty of a number of rule breaches following a Scottish Professional Football League investigation into crowd issues during and after their play-off victory over Rangers at Fir Park. (Sun)

Dundee's in-form striker Kane Hemmings says he didn't do himself justice during his time at Rangers but loved working with ex-Ibrox boss Ally McCoist. (Various)

Player-coach Lee McCulloch is primed to take charge of Kilmarnock again for Saturday's league match with Motherwell. (Daily Record)

Lee Clark is in the frame for the Killie job and East Fife boss Gary Naysmith thinks it would be a great appointment, having played under him at Huddersfield. (Sun)

Ross County striker Alex Schalk says teams in Scotland are "less interested in tactics" than in his native Netherlands, adding "sometimes defenders just fire the ball blindly upfield". (Various)

Huddersfield will launch a summer bid for Ryan Gauld, having missed out on a loan deal for Sporting Lisbon's 20-year-old midfielder. (Sun)

Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield says Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has wished him well on pledging his international allegiance to Canada. (Times)

On-loan Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci was taken off 35 minutes into his debut for Turkish side Eskisehirspor. (Various)

OTHER GOSSIP

Flanker Blair Cowan reveals that the Scotland squad "stuck tight" in the aftermath of Saturday's 15-9 home loss to England and is confident of a better showing in Wales next time. (Scotsman)

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