Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Zenit, Rangers, Dundee United, Hogg

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Zenit St Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanovic has warned Europa League opponents Celtic that he is targeting a European medal this term. However, the former Chelsea defender says the Russians wno't take their opponents lightly. "Celtic are a dangerous opponent for us because we're not playing games in the Russian League. That is an advantage for them," Ivanovic says. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller has revealed he's still not recovered from the 2016 Scottish Cup Final defeat by Hibernian. Ahead of the fifth-round tie against League One side Ayr United this afternoon, Miller said: "It [the defeat by Hibs] still eats away at us and anybody who was involved in it, of course. For us as a club and a team, we want to win this cup." (Sunday Mail)

Gary Mackay-Steven insists his and Stuart Armstrong's moves to Celtic were not the trigger for Dundee United's relegation from the top flight. "I don't think about it like that because they still had a squad more than capable of staying up when Stuart and I left," says Mackay-Steven. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)

Rangers midfielder Sean Goss says one-to-one training sessions with Paul Scholes helped hone his set-piece technique. "It was a pleasure to train with Paul. There were a few times in my early period at Manchester United where I was in rehab and he was at the same stage," says Goss. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)

Rangers manager Graeme Murty (left) and Hibs boss Neil Lennon
Graeme Murty (left) has been impressed by Neil Lennon

Graeme Murty says Rangers have opened talks with James Tavernier over extending his stay at Ibrox. The right back's current contract runs until the summer of 2019. (Scottish Sun)

Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic will have to perform far better than they did in beating Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup to retain hope of progressing in the Europa League against Zenit St Petersburg. (Sunday Herald)

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is looking to Hibernian counterpart Neil Lennon for inspiration as he aims to land the Ibrox hot-seat permanently. "He [Lennon] had to do all of his developing, all of his learning, all of his growth in the public eye at a massive club," says Murty. (Sunday Express, print edition)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's rugby stars are plotting to form a breakaway players' union to renegotiate their pay for the World Cup. (Mail on Sunday, print edition)

Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg could become the highest paid European player in history next year in a reunion with former Scotland coach Vern Cotter. Hogg, out of contract before the World Cup, is understood to be attracting interest from French clubs, including Cotter's Montpellier, looking to agree a seven-figure deal. (Mail on Sunday, print edition)

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