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Motherwell striker Scott McDonald faces a two-game suspension for an elbow on Coll Donaldson during Motherwell's 2-1 win over Dundee United on Friday, the incident missed by the match officials having come to the attention of Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennan. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

After scoring in Saturday's 2-1 win over Partick Thistle, midfielder Callum McGregor has thanked Celtic manager Ronny Deila for standing by him after his drink-drive ban, the 22-year-old having been nearly four times over the limit. (Sunday Mail)

Callum McGregor did not play for Celtic during the four-week period between his arrest for drink-driving in early February and the handing down of a 12-month ban at the start of this month but has repaid manager Ronny Deila for reintroducing the midfielder to the side by scoring twice in two games.(Sunday Herald)

Former Celtic midfielder Alan Thompson, who was sent off three times against Rangers, believes Ronny Deila will lose his job as Celtic manager if his side suffer defeat in the Scottish Cup semi-final against their Glasgow rivals on 17 April. (Scotland On Sunday)

Motherwell's Scott McDonald and Dundee United's Coll Donaldson
Motherwell's Scott McDonald could be in trouble for a challenge on Dundee United's Coll Donaldson

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is hoping that the lack of Old Firm derby experience among his players will be to the Scottish Championship leaders' benefit in their Scottish Cup semi-final as they will be particularly relishing the challenge of facing the side leading the Premiership.(Sunday Herald)

Rangers' Andy Halliday says Gordon Strachan was right to leave himself and fellow midfielder Barrie McKay out of his latest Scotland squad as the pair are not yet ready for international football. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

Blackburn Rovers striker Tony Watt has vowed to repay national coach Gordon Strachan for his surprise call up to the latest Scotland squad. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

National coach Gordon Strachan says Scotland have to unearth a couple of superstars to have a chance of better results as, despite being on a par with the likes of Poland, Sweden and Wales, those teams have the edge because of the presence of world-class players like Robert Lewandowski, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Gordon Strachan says the inclusion of Gordon Greer in his Scotland squad despite being 35 and without an appearance for Brighton in two months is because there is no Scottish right-sided central defender who is better.(Scotland On Sunday)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila says the lack of young talent available to Scotland coach Gordon Strachan is a result of a culture of fear among clubs and managers, where "everything is about winning", that is killing creativity and development. (Sunday Herald)

West Brom midfielder James Morrison
Scotland midfielder James Morrison could be on his way out of West Brom this summer

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have offered new contracts to defenders Danny Devine and Lewis Horner, manager John Hughes having previously confirmed that midfielder Liam Polworth has been offered a new three-year deal, while there is a deal on the table for Danny Williams, although he and fellow midfielder James Vincent have been offered pre-contracts by Premiership rivals Dundee.(Press & Journal)

Ross County defender Paul Quinn has expressed relief that he was an unused substitute for Aberdeen earlier in the season as they lost in the League Cup to Hibernian as it means he is eligible to face the Edinburgh side in Sunday's final at Hampden Park. (Sunday Herald)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs hopes to have done his deceased father proud by leading the Edinburgh side to victory in the League Cup final against Ross County.(Scotland On Sunday)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is happy the Hampden pitch has been relaid ahead of Sunday's League Cup final as he believes its state for their semi-final win over Celtic did not show Scottish football in a particularly good light. (Sunday Herald)

West Bromwich Albion are resigned to losing James Morrison when the Scotland midfielder's contract ends in the summer after talks stalled on a new deal for the 29-year-old. (The People, print edition)

Everton are eyeing a move for Cardiff City's goalkeeper David Marshall in the summer but are among several top-flight admirers of the 31-year-old Scotland international. (The People, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Western Force centre Solomoni Rasolea
Western Force centre Solomoni Rasolea is being linked with a move to Edinburgh

Edinburgh are close to completing the summer signing of Solomoni Rasolea, the 24-year-old centre who currently plays for Western Force in Australia. (Sunday Times, print edition)

Despite it being billed by White House hopeful Donald Trump as the world's greatest golf course, local residents who have long campaigned against his Menie Dunes golf development have questioned whether it be ready for its stated reopening date on 1 April.(Sunday Mail)

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