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There was little of no appetite from England's leading clubs for a European Super League after representatives from Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool met to consider a proposal from Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that could shut clubs from smaller nations like Scotland out of the Champions League. (Daily Record, print edition)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has admitted that his side will surrender their status as Scottish champions this season unless they improve on the performance levels that led to them dropping two more points at home to Dundee on Wednesday. (The Scotsman)external-link

Ronny Deila insisted he was unconcerned about his position as Celtic manager after Wednesday's 0-0 draw at home to Dundee allowed Aberdeen to narrow the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership to four points. (The Herald, print edition)

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown says the club's fans had every right to boo at the end of their 0-0 draw with Dundee in Glasgow. (The Sun, print edition)

Perry Kitchen in action for DC United
Perry Kitchen has agreed a contract with Hearts after leaving DC United

Manager Derek McInnes implored his Aberdeen side to go for broke in their remaining 10 Premiership games after narrowing the gap on floundering Celtic to four points.(Daily Mail)external-link

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has apologised to officials for his angry outburst after a disallowed goal during his side's 1-0 win over Dundee United but insists he has not changed his opinion about the decision. (The Scotsman)external-link

Striker Gavin Reilly thinks Hearts are tough enough to catch second-top Aberdeen this season and can compete for the title next season. (Daily Record, print edition)

Hearts have been left frustrated by registration problems as the club's bid to sign United States midfielder Perry Kitchen is likely to drag on until at least next week. (Daily Record, print edition)

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law says there is no reason for the Scottish Championship leaders to fear a meeting with Celtic in the latter stages of the Scottish Cup despite their Glasgow rivals having brushed the Ibrox team aside in the last four of the League Cup last season with a straightforward 2-0 win at Hampden Park.(The Herald)external-link

Former Killie Trust chairman Barry Richmond says Kilmarnock's troubles will continue until former chairman Michael Johnston leaves the club, their side sitting second bottom of the Scottish Premiership and with Tuesday's defeat by Ross County attracting only 2,366 fans the smallest for a league game at Rugby Park since they faced Clydebank almost 24 years ago. (Daily Record)external-link

Hearts' Callum Paterson nurses his injured shoulder
Hearts' Callum Paterson faces weeks out of action with a shoulder injury

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald admits that he and his team-mates need to show more character after becoming embroiled in a Premiership relegation battle.(The Herald)external-link

Motherwell striker Scott McDonald has called for a switch to summer football as he is fed up playing on poor grass pitches or having to adapt to artificial surfaces. (Daily Express, print edition)

A shoulder injury is likely to deny Hearts right-back Callum Paterson the opportunity of making his Scotland debut in forthcoming friendlies against Czech Republic and Denmark on 24 and 29 March. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

York City manager Jackie McNamara has apologised to the club's fans after Tuesday's 4-0 defeat by Oxford United left his side deep in relegation trouble in England's League Two. (The Sun, print edition)


Britain's triumphant Davis Cup team are among the contenders for Team of the Year in this year's Laureus sports awards.(The National)external-link

Russell Knox would become the first player since Tiger Woods - and the first to win in his first two appearances - should he retain the WGC-Cadillac title at Trump National Doral in Florida this weekend. (Daily Express, print edition)

Russell Knox says he must quickly become a contender for golf's major titles if he is to qualify for Europe's Ryder Cup team. (The Sun, print edition)

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