Scottish Gossip: Dembele, Celtic, Miller, Rangers, Barton

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Moussa Dembele is expected to lead Celtic's attack against Rangers on Saturday, with top scorer Leigh Griffiths on the bench after a recent hamstring injury. (Sun)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has backed captain Scott Brown to come through Saturday's Old Firm meeting with Rangers unscathed, praising the midfielder's "maturity". (Scotsman)

Brown has urged his team-mates to show the world why Celtic are champions at lunchtime on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Celtic and Rangers players
Celtic and Rangers met in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final

Rangers striker Kenny Miller insists his side have what it takes to win at Celtic Park. (Daily Express)

And Miller feels there is no need to offer team-mate Joey Barton advice on the midfielder's Old Firm debut, saying: "He has been around the game long enough." (Daily Record)

Former Celtic player Neil Lennon says he would have relished an Old Firm showdown with former England player Barton. (Herald)

Meanwhile, Rodgers claims Celtic are bigger than most English Premier League clubs. (Daily Mail)

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is hoping for a draw at Celtic Park so his side can potentially go top of the Scottish Premiership table by beating Hamilton Academical. (Herald)

John Souttar and Robbie Neilson
Hearts have won their last two games

Hearts defender John Souttar says watching team-mate Callum Paterson help Scotland beat Malta 5-1 has inspired him to push for his own senior cap call. (Daily Record)

Hibernian stalwart Lewis Stevenson described his testimonial dinner as "surreal" with famous Hibs fans the Proclaimers making a special appearance to mark his 10 years at Easter Road. (Scotsman)

Motherwell forward Ryan Bowman insists he was not put off joining the Steelmen after watching them lose 7-0 at Celtic Park late last season. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Eilidh Doyle admits she ran out of steam after missing out on the season-ending Diamond League Race title as she finished fifth in the 400m hurdles in Belgium. (Herald)

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