Tuesday's Scottish gossip

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes warns his players that they will not win at Celtic Park on Sunday if they repeat the mistakes they made in the 2-1 win for Celtic at Pittodrie in November - namely, poor concentration and defending poorly at set pieces. (Daily Express)

St Mirren's Jeroen Tesselaar, quoted in a Dutch football magazine, is highly critical of the town of Paisley and says the fans swear a lot and spend money on football rather than their families. (The Sun, Daily Record)

Momentum is growing among Scottish football clubs to press Uefa for cross-border leagues, with one club official warning in "permanent, irreversible decline" in the game. (The Herald)

Rangers fans have been reported to the Scottish Professional Football League for sectarian chanting in last Friday's match against Raith Rovers, but the match delegate has made no reference to alleged racist chanting about pundit Stan Collymore, something denied by fans' groups. (Daily Record)

Jeroen Tesselaar
Dutchman Jeroen Tesselaar is in his second spell at St Mirren, having rejoined the Buddies from Kilmarnock

Celtic skipper Scott Brown believes Inter Milan could wilt under the pressure of sustained pressure when the teams meet in the San Siro on Thursday. (Various)

Brown thinks having Leigh Griffiths and John Guidetti in the team means "you always have a chance". (Various)

Former Celtic winger Paddy McCourt has joined Notts County on loan from Brighton. (The Herald)

Rangers chief executive Derek Llambias begins talks with 20-year-old midfielder Andy Murdoch to offer him a new contract at the club. (The Sun)

Depending on results, Hearts could clinch the Scottish Championship flag against Rangers at Ibrox on 5 April. (Daily Record)

New St Mirren signing Alan Gow says that if it were not for Rangers physio Steve Walker helping him overcome a bad ankle injury he would probably have had to retire. (The Sun)

Former Aberdeen captain and manager Willie Miller reckons Adam Rooney is the best striker the club has had in 40 years. (The Sun)

Kilmarnock defender Mark Connolly
Kilmarnock defender Mark Connolly is in obvious pain as he is tended to during the 3-3 draw with Inverness

Kilmarnock defender Mark Connolly could be out for the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone in the match against Inverness on Saturday. (Daily Express)

Former Motherwell defender Craig Paterson, assessing relegation contenders St Mirren, Ross County and Motherwell, believes it will be the team with the most bottle that avoids the automatic relegation spot or the play-offs. (Daily Express)

Rangers duo Robby and Ross McCrorie, who are in the Scotland Under-17s squad to play Romania, are hoping to become the first twins to play for Scotland. (The Sun, The Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chris O'Hare
West Linton's Chris O'Hare is desperate to be in the GB team heading to Prague

Boston-based athlete Chris O'Hare, from West Linton, says he will be "devastated" if UK Athletics don't choose him to run in the 1500m at the European Indoor Championships in Prague. O'Hare won 1500m bronze in the European outdoor championships last year. (The National)

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter tells his Scotland team-mates that Saturday's Six Nations opponents Italy are "really stuffy and hard to beat" and that they should not be fooled by England's 47-17 win over them. (Daily Express)

Scotland's specialist coach Paul Collingwood believes the team can shake off the disappointment of the World Cup thrashing by England to target a win over Afghanistan. (Various)