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Ahead of tomorrow's meeting at Pittodrie, manager Derek McInnes warns Rangers that his fired-up Aberdeen side are in no mood to surrender their status as main challengers to Celtic. (Daily Mail)external-link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton admits he does not understand the bitter rivalry with the Dons, saying it's "quite sad that it should be at this state". (Scotsman)external-link

Moussa Dembele reckons he should have scored more against Rangers but hopes his hat-trick can keep him in the team now that fellow striker Leigh Griffiths is fit again. (Daily Record)external-link

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace insists his team can handle a hostile atmosphere in Aberdeen because they get stick wherever they play. (Sun)external-link

Manager Lee Clark insists there is no chance of Kilmarnock going bust even if Chris McPhail pulls the plug on his proposed £750,000 investment. (Sun)external-link

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits Lee Clark ran rings round him in a schoolboy international, joking that he has a score to settle in today's league match. (Daily Express)external-link

Killie have drafted Jack Paterson into their squad to face Celtic today and if the 16-year-old midfielder makes it on to the bench he will be the first SFA Performance School pupil to reach first team level. (Sun)external-link

Rangers boss Mark Warburton goes into next month's League Cup semi-final against Celtic with no fear despite the recent 5-1 derby defeat. (The National)external-link

Darian MacKinnon was convinced that Hamilton team-mate Ali Crawford was going to join Rangers in the summer, saying the attacking midfielder would be a "perfect fit" for the Ibrox side. (Herald)external-link

Two Swedes have applied for the St Mirren manager's job; former Arsenal midfielder Stefan Schwarz and Lars-Olof Mattsson, who was last in charge of Sierra Leone in 2013. (Sun, print edition)

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean accuses Aberdeen of lacking respect with their noisy celebrations sparking a tunnel bust-up following Thursday's League Cup meeting at Pittodrie. (Press & Journal)external-link

Dundee manager Paul Hartley is scathing in his assessment of the "experts" in the media, who have been "negative" about his side's start to the season. (The Courier)external-link

Hibernian Ladies will play tomorrow's league match against Stirling Uni at Easter Road to give them a feel for the pitch and stadium ahead of next month's Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich. (The National)external-link

Lewis Milne says manager Gary Bollan's boot camp is already paying dividends as super-fit Forfar keep pace with Manchester City as the only sides in Britain with a 100% record. (Daily Record, print edition)

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