Scottish Gossip: Rodgers, Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Scottish Cup final

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Brendan Rodgers gossip

Newly-appointed manager Brendan Rodgers will earn £2.25m a year at Celtic and is considering a move for former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard. (Sun)external-link

Rodgers will be paid £45,000 a week at Celtic, who had to pay £3m to buy the Northern Irishman out of his gardening leave at Liverpool. (Daily Record)external-link

Ex-Celtic midfielder and coach Peter Grant, who worked with Rodgers at Reading, believes the Premiership champions have played "the biggest trump card they could" in appointing the 43-year-old. (Daily Mail)external-link

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has signed a 12-month rolling contract at Celtic

Former Celtic player and assistant manager Murdo MacLeod believes the club have put down a marker with the "unbelievable" appointment of Rodgers. (Daily Record, print edition)

Scotland international and Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam is a fan of Celtic's new managerial appointment, the former Rangers man posted on Twitter:external-link "Big statement from Celtic with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers. Can't wait for next season."

Scottish Cup final gossip

Hibernian captain David Gray is refusing to contemplate the possibility of defeat by Rangers in Saturday's Scottish Cup final. (National)external-link

And Gray is eager to win the trophy for 106-year-old Hibs fan Sam Martinez. (Scotsman)external-link

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace is hoping to make up for lost time in the cup final after waiting five years to feature in the showpiece with the Ibrox club. (National)external-link

Lee Wallace and David Gray with the Scottish Cup trophy
Wallace and Gray are hoping to get their hands on the Scottish Cup trophy

Wallace, who has an ongoing knee problem, has cast doubt on his involvement in Scotland's upcoming matches against Italy and France. (Scotsman)external-link

Left-back Wallace will discuss the Scotland double-header with Rangers manager Mark Warburton after Saturday's final. (Herald)external-link

Hibs fan Andy Murray - Great Britain's Olympic gold medallist and double Grand Slam-winning tennis player - has urged the Easter Road side to have no regrets at Hampden. (Scotsman)external-link

And Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs feels Rangers' preparations for the final will have been hampered by a lack of match practice - the Ibrox side's last match having been on 1 May. (Daily Express, print edition)

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith believes Warburton will make a strong statement about the club's Premiership intentions if they win the Scottish Cup. (Herald)external-link

And Rangers hope to secure Warburton on an extended contract ahead of their top-flight return. (Daily Mail)external-link

Rangers chairman Dave King has played down the significance of Celtic's recent league title wins, insisting they have been "meaningless" without the Ibrox club, who have gained promotion to the Premiership for next season. (Sun)external-link

On-loan Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson says leaving Hibs with a Scottish Cup winners' medal would be the ideal way to finish the best season of his career. (Daily Record, print edition)

Football gossip

John Hughes insists he has left an excellent legacy at Inverness Caledonian Thistle after vacating the manager's position. (Sun)external-link

Falkirk defender David McCracken is desperate to get up to the Premiership by completing a play-off final win over Kilmarnock on Sunday with the defender having spent three years out of the top flight and the Bairns leading 1-0 from the first leg. (National)external-link

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark has vowed to give the Ayrshire side's fans the team they deserve. (Herald)external-link

Lee Ashcroft and Bob McHugh
Killie trail the Bairns 1-0 following Thursday's play-off final first leg

And Clark will attempt to persuade Josh Magennis - who could feature for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 - to play against Falkirk, despite a recent injury. (Scotsman, print edition)

St Mirren supporters have been given a month to sign up to a fan ownership bid or risk seeing the club sold elsewhere. (National, print edition)

New Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke insists he has nothing to prove, despite unsuccessful spells at Hearts and Kilmarnock. (Scotsman, print edition)

Emilio Izaguirre insists he has not played his last game for Celtic, despite saying farewells to the club's fans after last week's season-ending win over Motherwell. (Daily Record, print edition)

Pro12 semi-final gossip

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend is hoping to secure a second Pro12 title

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend, whose side face Connacht away for a place in the Pro12 final, has suggested Warriors' recent loss to the Irish province may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as "you learn more from defeat". (National)external-link

Townsend has backed scrum-half Henry Pyrgos to provide Glasgow with the spark they need to reach a third successive Pro12 final. (Daily Express, print edition)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam feels Glasgow are favourites for Saturday evening's encounter, despite the Galway side's impressive home record. (Scotsman, print edition)

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