Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Kilmarnock, Dundee United

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers have allowed the debate over the merits of plastic pitches to affect them psychologically, according to Queen of the South manager James Fowler. (Various)

However, Rangers boss Mark Warburton wants artificial surfaces banned and insists he has medical proof that Martyn Waghorn's knee injury was exacerbated by Kilmarnock's surface. (Various)

Despite sitting 13 points adrift at the foot of the Premiership, Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen says chairman Stephen Thompson is happy with his manager's performance. (Various)

New Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark's plans to overhaul the culture at Rugby Park include putting up motivational quotes of top athletes in the dressing room. (Scottish Sun)

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson was entitled to publicly criticised the Tannadice squad for their current plight in the Premiership, according to club captain Sean Dillon. (Sun)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson believes it's "difficult to say" how the Dundee United players will react to the public criticism from their chairman. (Various)

Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen
Mixu Paatelainen says his chairman is happy with his work despite sitting bottom of the Premiership

Only four of Ronny Deila's 23 signings have been hits during the Celtic manager's tenure, says former Celtic striker Chris Sutton. "Two were loan signings who have since left [Jason Denayer and John Guidetti] and the other two are keepers," says Sutton. (Daily Record)

Disgruntled Aberdeen supporters have criticised the late postponement of last night's Premiership trip to Partick Thistle because of a waterlogged pitch. (Daily Record)

Stuart Armstrong admits he is struggling to cope with the mental and physical demands of playing for Celtic, since his move from Dundee United. (Various)

The Tartan Army have hoovered up their entire 2,700 tickets for next month's friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague. (Various)

Hibs defender Paul Hanlon has warned his team-mates it is pointless to win the Edinburgh derby if they fail to beat Alloa in the Championship. (Various)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will unleash winger Patrick Roberts against Inverness CT later today. The teenager has signed an 18-month loan deal from Manchester City. (Herald)

Kristoffer Ajer felt like a movie star in Glasgow after finalising his move to Celtic from current club IK Start. The teenager says he was taken aback by the level of interest over his switch from his native Norway. (Herald)

Plans for a £450,000 264-seater stand at Murray Park have been revealed by the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund. The group, set up in 2012, has received backing from former players in its attempts to help the Ibrox club. (Herald)

Inverness CT boss John Hughes says his players are relishing the prospect of locking horns with Premiership leaders Celtic later. (Daily Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

Mo Farah says he will not let the threat of the Zika virus rob him of another golden Olympic moment with his family. The double London 2012 champion, speaking in Glasgow ahead of today's Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena, is targeting another glittering haul in Rio. (The National)

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