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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Plans for a university degree in refereeing will be discussed as part of a summer revamp of the SFA's under-fire judicial system. (Scottish Daily Mail)external-link

Scott Brown has confessed there will be nowhere for Celtic to hide in Valencia on Thursday night - just as there was nowhere for him to hide under Jonny Hayes' shirt at Kilmarnock. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers don't want foreign refs in the SPFL — and will back our under-fire officials. (Scottish Sun)external-link

Gary Holt, the Livingston manager, strongly opposes the plan to recruit foreign referees and insists any move to do so would be a "slap in the face" to Scottish officials. (The Times, print edition)

Brendan Rodgers has refused to accept Celtic can't overhaul a two goal deficit and beat Valencia and urged his players to fight to the death at the Mestalla this evening. (Herald)external-link

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown believes the SFA's resources would be better spent on improving our own officials over the long-term rather than the short-term fix of parachuting in referees from elsewhere. (Herald)external-link

Alex McLeish has hailed the return of Oli Burke and believes it could mean he's ready to live up to the hype of a few years ago. (Scotsman)external-link

Paul Heckingbottom won't be taking any risks with Ryan Gauld's fitness as he confirmed that the Hibs midfielder faces "another couple of weeks" on the sidelines. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Aberdeen's on-loan Rotherham defender Dom Ball hopes signing on at Pittodrie on a permanent deal is an option this summer. (Aberdeen Evening Express)external-link

Peter Haring is on course to return to the Hearts midfield against St Mirren this weekend. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Ross County's Michael Gardyne has blasted Caley Thistle defender Brad McKay as a "coward" after a late brawl in Tuesday's Highland derby. (Press and Journal)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Peter Horne is set to be given the nod at No 10 ahead of Adam Hastings for Scotland's Six Nations clash with France. (Scottish Daily Mail)external-link

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