Scottish Gossip: Billy McNeill, Kris Boyd, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts

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Celtic hope to pay a poignant tribute to former captain and manager Billy McNeill on Saturday by sending an entire team out to face Kilmarnock wearing his famous number five shorts. (Daily Record)external-link

Billy McNeill was such a star even Elton John recognised him, says former Celtic defender and coach John Clark. (Sun)external-link

Manager Steve Clarke says there will always be a role at Kilmarnock for Kris Boyd if the 35-year-old striker retires in the summer. (Sun)external-link

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is relishing his SFA hearing and declares 'I've got a few things to say' following his misconduct charge for reacting to sectarian chanting from Celtic fans at Hampden. (Daily Record)external-link

Former Ibrox director Paul Murray insists the Rangers board won't take undue financial risks in an attempt to stop Celtic going for a historic ten-in-a-row in the Premiership. (Herald)external-link

Motherwell are "still optimistic" that reported Rangers target Jake Hastie will sign a new deal but are "aware he has other options", says Fir Park chief executive Alan Burrows. (Scotsman)external-link

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster says manager Paul Heckingbottom has already exceeded her expectations. (Sun)external-link

Hearts midfielder Peter Haring has taken an injection for a groin injury but the Austrian will miss Sunday's Edinburgh derby at Easter Road. (Edinburgh Evening News)external-link

Harry Cochrane insists he is fit and ready to end a rollercoaster campaign on a soaring high - as Hearts manager Craig Levein claims he would have no qualms about pitching the teenager into the Scottish Cup final. (Scotsman)external-link

Aberdeen supporters had to wait more than 20 years to celebrate a win over Rangers in Glasgow - now defender Scott McKenna aims to deliver four in one season. (Evening Express)external-link

Manager Oran Kearney has urged St Mirren fans to turn out in big numbers in their team's hour of need — like they used to do for Alex Ferguson. (Sun)external-link

Celtic and Rangers are level with Hibs on 35 points in the reserve league but the Old Firm pair both have one game to play while Gers have a three-goal lead over the Hoops. (Sun)external-link

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