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Rangers players, including Rob Kiernan, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Lee Wallace and Dean Shiels, were attacked by Hibernian fans on the Hampden Park pitch and other members of the Ibrox backroom staff were assaulted as the Edinburgh side celebrated their first Scottish Cup final win in 114 years. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Rangers players were handed their losers' medals in the dressing-room and then whisked out of Hampden Park for their own safety after the pitch invasion that followed Hibernian's Scottish Cup final victory. (Sunday Express, print edition)

Nine-year-old Rangers fan Rebecca Taylor, who had been chosen as the personal mascot for referee Steven MacLean, left Hampden Park terrified as some of the club's players were attacked at the final whistle after Hibernian fans invaded the pitch after their side's Scottish Cup final victory. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has insisted that the pitch invasion, described as shocking and embarrassing by Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan, would not take the shine off the Edinburgh club's Scottish Cup celebrations. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Police push back Hibs fans on the Hampden Park pitch
The fallout from the pitch invasion at Hampden dominates Sunday's newspapers

Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie has played down the scenes at Hampden Park, where thousands of his club's fans took to the pitch after their Scottish Cup final win over Rangers, as a result of "114 years of exuberance". (Sunday Herald)external-link

Fans have told how a trickle of joy turned to a torrent of trouble as Hibernian supporters invaded the Hampden Park pitch after their 3-2 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers. (Sunday Post)external-link

Sam Martinez, a 106-year-old Belize-born Hibernian fan, described their Scottish Cup final win over Rangers as the best day ever after witnessing the 3-2 success at Hampden Park. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has vowed to donate his Scottish Cup winners' medal and will auction it off for a "good cause". (Scotland On Sunday)external-link

Left-back Lewis Stevenson has become the first Hibernian player to win both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, having picked up the latter in 2007.(Scotland On Sunday)external-link

Hibernian, who qualified after lifting the Scottish Cup, are the only the club outside their nation's top flight in next season's Europa League draw. (Sun On Sunday, print edition)

David Moyes
David Moyes has reportedly emerged as favourite to be Aston Villa manager

Rangers' Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic - and the triumphalist antics of the Ibrox directors - persuaded the Scottish champions' major shareholder, Dermot Desmond, that their always planned upscaling had to "go large" and led to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager in preparation for a renewed city rivalry in the Scottish Premiership. (Scotland On Sunday)external-link

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will make every player in the dressing-room feel like a million dollars - even if they only cost a fraction of that - according to close friend Malky Mackay, who was himself in the running to take the job. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Brendan Rodgers' first appointment as Celtic manager is likely to be coach Chris Davies, who worked with the Northern Irishman at Swansea City and Liverpool but is presently at Reading, while goalkeeping coach Steve Woods and first-team coach John Kennedy are expected to stay with the Scottish champions. (Sunday Mail, print edition)

David Moyes is the front runner to be the next manager of Aston Villa, with the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss considering a formal offer. (Mail On Sunday, print edition)

Bookmakers favourite Roberto Di Matteo is on the shortlist to be Aston Villa manager, but he is not the number one target for owner Tony Xia and his advisors, with David Moyes and Nigel Pearson the others being considered. (Express and Star)external-link

Martin Bain
Former Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has been appointed by Sunderland

Former Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has been appointed to the same role at Sunderland. (Belfast Telegraph)external-link

Middlesbrough want Scotland midfielder James Morrison back at the Riverside and have offered the West Brom 30-year-old a contract that could net him around £16.5m over four years. (Sunday Express)external-link

Falkirk midfielder Craig Sibbald took to the field against Kilmarnock in their Scottish Premiership play-off first leg with a shaved head because his confidence had been drained since starting to suffer from alopecia at the age of 21. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Other gossip

Amelie Mauresmo has indicated that Andy Murray's on court behaviour played a big part in their split, the Frenchwoman and the Scot having announced a "mutual" end to her time as his coach this month. (Sunday Herald)external-link

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has revealed that the "very serious injury" that led to Finn Russell being taken to hospital during the Pro12 semi-final defeat by Connacht was the result of a collision with team-mate Zander Fargerson, who is himself recovering after being withdrawn from the game. (Sunday Herald)external-link

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