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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Defiant Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists his players do not deserve to be criticised for failing to knock Celtic off the top of the Premiership table. (Daily Express)

McInnes is adamant the pressure is not getting to his title-chasing side, despite the Dons blowing a chance to go top of the league for the second time in four days. (Scottish Sun)

The Dons boss says the Pittodrie pitch was to blame for their latest slip-up against Partick Thistle. (Daily Record)

Mixu Paatelainen branded the goals Dundee United lost "a joke" in their 3-2 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle. (Scottish Sun)

Martin Canning admits he has never felt so low in his football career as he did after watching his Hamilton side concede a last-gasp goal to lose 4-3 at home to Inverness. (Scottish Sun)

Caley Thistle manager John Hughes says it was "magnificent" to see two of his players almost fighting each other at New Douglas Park. (Daily Mail)

Aberdeen missed the chance to go top of the Premiership after being held 0-0 at home to Partick Thistle
Aberdeen missed the chance to go top of the Premiership after being held 0-0 at home to Partick Thistle

Dundee say they will work round the clock to ensure their derby clash against Dundee United goes ahead on Saturday, after Wednesday's Premiership match with Celtic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. (The Scotsman)

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has confirmed his interest in Hibernian striker Jason Cummings. (Scottish Sun)

Harry Forrester once turned down Ajax to sign for Mark Warburton's Brentford, and now they will be reunited at Rangers when the midfielder is freed from Doncaster Rovers. (Daily Express)

Falkirk striker Lee Miller believes the Bairns have proved they can go toe-to-toe with Rangers and Hibs after he fired them into second place in the Championship. (The National)

Scotland star Steven Naismith will hold crunch talks with Everton boss Roberto Martinez before deciding whether to complete an £8m move to Norwich City. (Daily Star)

Norwich have provisionally agreed a deal for Naismith, but Martinez is reluctant to let him go in the midst of a packed festive fixture schedule. (The Guardian)

OTHER GOSSIP

Catriona Matthew is targeting Olympic gold in Rio next year
Catriona Matthew is targeting Olympic gold in Rio next year

Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew is gunning for Olympic gold in Rio next summer, but says winning majors is still her priority. (Daily Express)

Gregor Townsend has warned his Glasgow Warriors players they will have to sharpen up if they are to have any chance of winning the 1872 Cup back from Edinburgh on Saturday. (The National)

Townsend will not be satisfied just by picking up four league points for a victory against Edinburgh, insisting he wants his men to turn around the 12-point deficit from the first-leg to reclaim the 1872 Cup. (The Scotsman)

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons meanwhile has warned his side against complacency going into the second-leg, saying they can not presume the trophy is already won. (The Herald)

James Wade reckons he can shatter Scotsman Gary Anderson's dream of a second darts world title, with the help of five-times champion Eric Bristow. (Daily Record)