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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to pitch Craig Gordon in against Manchester City on Wednesday, after the goalkeeper replaced Dorus de Vries at half-time of Saturday's 6-1 defeat of Kilmarnock. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Rodgers says he sent Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 21, a letter in the summer after his difficult Euro 2016 with England. City visit Celtic in Champions League Group C in midweek. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Manchester City attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 25, is set to miss Wednesday's Champions League trip to Celtic after limping out of Saturday's 3-1 win at Swansea. (Sun on Sunday)external-link

Celtic players
Gordon (far left) has been in and out of the Celtic side this season

Rodgers will order Celtic to be aggressive against City in Glasgow. (Sunday Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Rodgers says he was offered the Manchester City assistant manager's job in 2010. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Ross County defender Andrew Davies has criticised fans at Tynecastle who "were saying some unpleasant things" to him while he received treatment for a head knock during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hearts. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Defender Brian Easton expects St Johnstone to bounce back from their midweek League Cup exit at the hands of Aberdeen when they face Hamilton Academical on Sunday, but knows Saints will need to keep Accies midfielder Ali Crawford quite in order to do so. (Sunday Herald)external-link

Mark Warburton and Derek McInnes
Mark Warburton's Rangers travel to take on Derek McInnes' Aberdeen on Sunday

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is concerned this season's winter break may make his side vulnerable in the Scottish Cup when the season resumes in January, having watched his team lose last season's Scottish Cup final to Hibernian after being inactive for almost three weeks. (Sunday Mail)external-link

Derek McInnes, whose Aberdeen side host Rangers at Pittodrie on Sunday, believes the Dons have found the will to win against the Old Firm sides, saying: "I want to make sure that any time we play against them, that we've got 11 players on the pitch, at any given time who expect to win." (Sunday Herald)external-link

Warburton says McInnes is a "top manager and a top quality coach". (Scotsman)external-link

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