Scottish Gossip: Hearts, Motherwell, Rangers, Craig Whyte

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Manager Daniel Stendel is pleasantly surprised at the backing he received from Hearts fans at a Q&A session at Tynecastle on Thursday evening, saying it was "a good feeling they said they would stay behind us". (Daily Record)

The Hearts boss insists there is nothing in Joel Pereira's loan agreement with Manchester United which means Hearts are obliged to continue playing the much-criticised goalkeeper. (Edinburgh Evening News)

New Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack's proposal to play Saturday night football has been rejected by Hibernian, who say their preparations for the match on 7 March would be adversely affected. (Daily Record)

'I always try to be honest," says Steven Gerrard in the wake of him criticising his Rangers players for their loss to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. He asks journalists: "What would you have thought of me if I had said after the game, 'There is no problem here, it's all fine?'" (Daily Mail)

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack feels that the players owe the fans a big performance against Livingston on Saturday to make up for the Killie defeat. "When things aren't going so well it's no time to hide and shirk away," he says. (The Sun)

Rangers public relations chief Jim Traynor was the subject of an attack by two men in Cumbernauld on Wednesday afternoon. (The Sun)

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says referee Nick Walsh was correct to show a red card to his striker Christy Manzinga against St Johnstone and that he will not stand for "simulation". (The Herald)

Asked what happened to the Arsenal shares Rangers had held for a century, former Rangers owner Craig Whyte says he "probably should have known" that they were such a big deal to fans and reckons the money from them probably went to administrators Duff and Phelps fees. (The Herald)

With five starts in the last eight games, Celtic's Greg Taylor is enjoying playing in a more attacking wing-back role, saying "there is a wee bit more onus" on him to attack. (Press and Journal)

Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson laments the final ball and the windy conditions while playing on Alloa's plastic pitch but is happy to have taken another step to the Championship title with a goalless draw on Friday. (The Courier)

England's Jack Nowell sent Exeter team-mate Stuart Hogg a Valentine's card showing the Scot dropping the ball instead of touching down in the Six Nations match against Ireland. The message on Instagram declared: "I'll drop everything to be with you." (The Sun)

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