Monday's Scottish Gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Following a fourth derby win of the season, Hearts boss Gary Locke believes struggling rivals Hibs will escape the relegation play-off. (Various)

Hibernian defender Jordon Forster says "fans have a right to be worried" but remains confident the club will pick up enough points in the three remaining matches to avoid 11th place. (Various)

However, former Easter Road midfielder Michael Stewart thinks Hibs are in the worst shape of the five clubs battling to avoid second bottom spot. (Sun)

And Hearts full-back Callum Paterson, who scored twice in the win at Easter Road, says Hibs going down with them "wouldn't be such a bad thing" since the derby fixtures would continue in the Championship next term. (Various)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon refused to comment on a banner on display during the 6-0 win over Inverness that read: "A man must be a Celt on and off the field otherwise he is of no value to this club", saying he was not sure who it was aimed at. (Various)

Gavin Rae is determined to leave Dundee on a high as Championship winners, with the 36-year-old former Scotland midfielder wanted by Montrose as player-manager and also considering a move to Australia. (Daily Mail)

Hampden's chances of staging Euro 2020 matches have improved with the number of candidate cities dropping to 19 for 13 places. Full story: Uefa.com 

OTHER GOSSIP

Glasgow Warriors skipper Al Kellock is expecting a tough training session from defence coach Matt Taylor this morning after admitting they were "a mile out" defensively in their 37-34 win over Edinburgh on Friday. (Various)