Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Motherwell, Celtic, Aberdeen, Glasgow Warriors

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha feels he may have created "a sort of anxiety" in his players prior to their League Cup semi-final 2-0 defeat by Motherwell on Sunday.(Daily Record)

"Thank u for all the support messages, I am fine just a broken nose. We will be back more stronger on Wednesday," tweets Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso as he posts a picture of his injury after a clash with Motherwell's Ryan Bowman. (Daily Record)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor hopes his team's victory over Hibernian to reach the League Cup final is a step on the way to securing historic back-to-back trebles.(Daily Record)

Peter Hartley celebrates with his Motherwell team-mates
Peter Hartley (left) celebrates at Hampden with his Motherwell team-mates

Motherwell's League Cup run and a meeting with Celtic in the final will earn them around three times the £350,000 offered to the club for double goalscorer Louis Moult in August. (Guardian)

Motherwell defender Peter Hartley reveals he "knew" Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos "could get wound up". "I saw Morelos against Hamilton and the big centre-half caught him a few times, and I could see him have a nibble back. I thought if I could introduce myself early doors I might get something out of him and I did. But I ended up getting the yellow card first," says the on-loan Well centre-half.(Sun)

Rangers striker Eduardo Herrera believes it is unfair on Caixinha that he is the one taking the blame for the semi-final defeat. He says: "We are the ones performing on the pitch. We were looking for a result, and we could have got it because we had the chances but we didn't take them." (Sun)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes calls on his Scottish players, such as Andrew Considine, Mark Reynolds, Stevie May, Gary Mackay-Steven, Graeme Shinnie and Kenny McLean, to use Wednesday's match against Celtic at Pittodrie as a chance to stake a claim for an international call-up.(Evening Express)

John Hughes is the favourite to replace Ray McKinnon as Dundee United manager. (Herald)

Sir Alex Ferguson's speech at the opening of the Salford City Stadium gives an idea of what his team-talks to motivate his Manchester United players must have been like.(Times, subscription required)

Despite losing on their last three visits to Hibs' Easter Road, Hearts winger Jamie Walker believes the Jambos are equipped to win there on Tuesday night. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Glasgow Warriors Stuart Hogg
Despite having British and Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg back in the starting XV, Glasgow Warriors were well beaten by Leinster at Scotstoun on Saturday

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg, speaking after the Champions Cup home defeat by Leinster, argues that he and his team-mates failed to take their chances at Scotstoun, and defends the youthful front row. "They're all under 25," he says. "They are young and fairly inexperienced and they'll have to learn because it all starts up there. If we can get a good platform to play off we have backs that can do damage." (Daily Telegraph)

"Can't wait to get back on the match court competing..I miss it so much," writes Andy Murray on Instagram as he posts footage of him practising with Alexander Ward. (Daily Express)

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