Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Rangers, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen

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Ronny Deila has dismissed condemnation of artificial pitches from the likes of Rangers manager Mark Warburton as "old-fashioned". (Various)

Deila, meanwhile, has urged James Forrest to stay at Celtic after comparing him to Barcelona great Lionel Messi. (Daily Record)

Celtic are tracking FC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney after having the defensive midfielder watched last weekend. (Scottish Sun)

On-loan Falkirk midfielder Conor McGrandles will be out for six months after suffering a double leg break during last weekend's victory over Morton. (Various)

Former Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon has backed United chairman Stephen Thompson to save the club with further cuts - despite posting record £4m profit. (Daily Record)

Former Dundee defender Matt Lockwood says Rangers' fans who choose to boo his old team-mate Gary Harkins in next month's Scottish Cup quarter-final will make the midfielder even more eager to knock them out of the competition. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark admits he does not want to become embroiled in a last-day survival fight after experiencing it at Birmingham City two years' ago. (Scottish Sun)

FC Copenhagen's Thomas Delaney
Celtic are being linked with FC Copenhagen midfielder Thomas Delaney

Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett insists he is the man to fill star man Jonny Hayes's boots after the latter was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury. (Daily Express)

Scotland look to have won the battle for Arsenal starlet Charlie Gilmour, according to Scots' youth coach Scot Gemmill. (Scottish Sun)


New sportscotland chair Mel Young reckons that finding additional cash for Scottish sport would actually save the taxpayer money in the long run. (Herald)

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter is set to address growing concerns about his side's inability to score points in the second half of Six Nations games by revamping the bench when he names his squad to take on Italy. (The Times)

Meanwhile, Scotland wing Tommy Seymour insists the squad are fed up of losing. (The Scotsman)

And his team-mate Richie Gray insists the current losing streak is not playing on his mind. (The National)