Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Deila, Boyata, Scotland, Six Nations

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has criticised Dedryck Boyata after the defender's red card in the 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical on Friday evening. (Herald)

Deila refused to blame referee Craig Thomson, who had irked the travelling fans at New Douglas Park by dismissing Boyata for a challenge on Carlton Morris. (Scotsman)

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is sent off by referee Craig Thomson
Boyata was red-carded when Celtic were 1-0 up

Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack is eager to break into the Scotland squad. (Herald)

Dundee United goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, who joined the Tangerines midway through the season, says the biggest surprise to him about Scottish football is "how much of a fight in the box it is". (Sun)

Hibernian signed 17-year-old Sean Mackie from Raith Rovers for a fee that could rise to £75,000 after Hearts decided against a move for the left-back. (Daily Record)

New Kilmarnock signing Julien Faubert has thanked Rugby Park boss Lee Clark for taking a gamble on him and says he will "fight" for his new manager on the pitch. (Herald)

Kilmarnock defender Julien Faubert
Defender Faubert has joined Killie for the rest of the season

Tony Fitzpatrick, back at St Mirren as chief executive after spells there as player and manager, says his dad was so proud of him making a return to the Paisley club - in stark contrast to when he first joined the Buddies and his father wanted him to join Celtic instead. (Daily Record)

The Scottish FA insist plastic pitches are here to stay despite objections from prominent figures. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland's rugby players will aim to not only beat Italy in Rome in Saturday's Six Nations match but do so in style with the players and coaches deciding an expansive game is the best way to ensure victory. (Herald)

Scottish badminton player Kirsty Gilmour says "it's great to have a decent gap in the world rankings" with her position of ninth - 68 places above her nearest British rival - all but securing her a place at this year's Olympics in Rio. (National)

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