Scottish Gossip: Deila, Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers, Motherwell, Dundee United, St Mirren

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Ronny Deila has warned Britain's out-of-work managers hoping to get his Celtic job that they are in for a long wait. David Moyes, Malky Mackay and Neil Lennon have all been linked with the Parkhead job in recent days. (Daily Express)

The Norwegian insist he will not be distracted from his bid to deliver the Double by other managers speaking about the Celtic job. (Daily Mail)

Graeme Souness reckons a return to Celtic Park "would interest" Lennon, and says he will be "richer for the experience" after a difficult spell in charge of Bolton. (Daily Record)

Leigh Griffiths says it is "frustrating and disrespectful" for other managers to talk about the prospect of succeeding Deila as Celtic boss. (Daily Record)

Deila believes the popularity of elite European football could be diminished by the proposed formation of a closed-shop Super League. (The Scotsman)

Ronny Deila
Ronny Deila insists any out-of-work managers hoping to replace him at Celtic are in for a long wait

Former Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes the Ibrox club can mount an immediate title challenge on their return to the Premiership next season. McCall feels Celtic will have to strengthen their squad in the summer to fend off challenges from Aberdeen, Hearts and Rangers. (The Herald)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has praised his side for guaranteeing Europa League football for next season, but would love to see them go one step further and reach the Champions League. (Daily Express)

Motherwell's match with Aberdeen on Saturday is in jeopardy after manager Mark McGhee revealed the club has been hit by a flu bug which has swept through Fir Park. (The National)

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen has warned that Dundee will come to Tannadice looking to "nail us" in Sunday's derby, and push their great rivals towards the relegation trap-door. (Daily Mail)

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald fears Stuart Bannigan's season is over after the midfielder sustained a knee injury against Hearts earlier this month. (Daily Express)

Mixu Paatelainen
Mixu Paatelainen's Dundee United face a crucial derby clash with Dundee on Sunday

Hamilton look set to snap up former Swansea and Crystal Palace midfielder Kemy Augustien. The Curacao international impressed on trial at New Douglas Park. (Scottish Sun)

Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs has asked for "common sense" to prevail as he explores every possible avenue in a bid to overturn Mark Oxley's costly booking against Inverness Caledonian Thistle which has ruled him out of the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United. (Daily Mail)

St Mirren have apologised to fans and offered a £10 reduction on season tickets after Buddies supporters were enraged by the club's plan to accommodate a title party for Rangers when the sides meet on 30 April. (The National)

Diego Maradona's pal Gustavo Moure is fronting an Argentinian consortium considering a takeover of the Paisley club. (Scottish Sun)

OTHER GOSSIP

Duncan Weir
Duncan Weir will leave Glasgow Warriors to join Edinburgh in the summer

Scotland coach Vern Cotter believes Duncan Weir has moved up to a new level over the past year and fully deserves to start at fly-half in Saturday's Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin. (The Times)

Cotter insists it is too early to assess how his squad have progressed during this year's Six Nations. The Scots are chasing a third consecutive championship victory for the first time since 1996. (The National)

The playing career of former Scotland captain Mike Blair is in the balance after he was again sidelined by concussion. The scrum-half is out of Glasgow Warriors' PRO12 clash against Leinster on Friday night. (The Scotsman)

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has praised the attitude Mark Bennett has shown since being dropped by Scotland, and he expects another big performance from the centre against Leinster. (The Herald)

Track star Chris O'Hare wants to prove that running dirty is a mug's game by showing the dopers a clean pair of heels. O'Hare runs in the 1500m semi-finals of the world indoor event in Portland on Friday. (Daily Record)

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