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Ibrox director Paul Murray insists Rangers can put up a credible challenge to Celtic next season but has ruled out any reckless spending. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he will "recruit wisely" and will not burden the club's board with "unrealistic targets". (Various)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon reckons his old team will benefit from Rangers being in the top flight next season, saying derby matches will bring in more revenue. (Various)

Full-back James Tavernier says Rangers are good enough to beat Celtic in next weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final - and next season in the Premiership. (Various)

Hearts have ditched plans to bring in a goalkeeper in time for tomorrow's game with Aberdeen, with Neil Alexander and understudy Jack Hamilton on the mend after illness. (Sun)

Hearts duo Callum Paterson and Don Cowie have had their comebacks from injury interrupted by a training ground closure as a virus affected other members of the Tynecastle squad. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is stressing the importance of a good start when his side meet Hearts in Edinburgh on Friday. (Various)

Full-back Kieran Tierney is urging his Celtic team-mates to regain their concentration for the final stretch in the Premiership race following Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Dundee. (Herald)

Dundee United midfielder John Rankin, out of contract in the summer, is motivated by fear of being "on the scrapheap" should the club be relegated. (Various)

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre insists League Cup glory has not been the reason for his side's slump in league form, saying inconsistency has been a problem since January. (Various)

Former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies is mystified by winger David Templeton's failure to make an impact at Rangers but is not at all surprised by the contribution of Lee Wallace, who he also recommended to then-Ibrox manager Ally McCoist. (Herald)external-link

Dominic Ball says he has loved his time on loan at Rangers from Tottenham and would consider a return next season. (Sun)external-link

Charlie Telfer, on loan at Livingston from Dundee United, reckons his former club Rangers need to move quickly if they want the West Lothian club's 16-year-old striker Matthew Knox. (Daily Record)

Peterhead captain Steven Noble says Sunday's Petrofac Training Cup final against Rangers will be the biggest game of his career. (Daily Record)

League One champions Dunfermline are close to agreeing new deals for manager Allan Johnston and his assistant Sandy Clark. (Daily Express)


Glasgow Warriors enjoyed a day trip to Venice on Sunday and hooker Fraser Brown reckons an extended stay in Italy ahead of Friday's meeting with Zebre can only enhance the spirit of togetherness at the current Pro12 champions. (Herald)external-link

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