Scottish Gossip: Rangers, Aberdeen, James Maddison, Celtic

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Mark Warburton is angered that referee John Beaton penalised Rangers defender James Tavernier's tackle on Jonny Hayes, from which James Maddison scored a superb free-kick at Pittodrie to win Sunday's Premiership match 2-1. (Various)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes thinks Tavernier must shoulder some of the blame for the decision because he got himself into a bad position and the tackle was "a wee bit desperate". (Herald)

With Aberdeen winger Hayes scoring the opening goal, the fifth time in seven games Rangers have conceded first, Rangers striker Joe Garner admits his team have to "turn possession and good football into goals". (Various)

Loan star Maddison, 19, says his last-minute goal was just how he imagined it would be and believes the win sends out a message that the Dons are "here to challenge". (Various)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton and goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart remonstrate with the match officials at Pittodrie
Rangers manager Mark Warburton and goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart remonstrate with the match officials at Pittodrie

Alex Neil, the manager of Maddison's parent club Norwich City, says he sent him out on loan because he didn't want to stall his progress but he looks forward to him playing for the Canaries "sooner rather than later". (Daily Record)

Defender Erik Sviatchenko admits Celtic's pride took a dent in the 7-0 Champions League loss to Barcelona but he insists the team can bounce back against Manchester City at Celtic Park on Wednesday. (Various)

But from facing Barca's MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) he will be up against City's SAS (Silva, Aguero and Sterling). (Daily Record)

Rangers say they are "disgusted and disappointed" at the "vile" graffiti scored on the side of the team bus as it was parked at a hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen. "Ibrox 71" and "Durrant dived" was etched on to the bus, references to the Ibrox disaster of 1971 in which 66 fans died, and to the bad tackle by Aberdeen's Neil Simpson on Rangers midfielder Ian Durrant in 1988. (Daily Mail, Herald)

Oliver Burke scores for Red Bull Leipzig against Cologne
Oliver Burke scores for Red Bull Leipzig against Cologne

Former Rangers midfielder and manager Graeme Souness thinks Celtic could be in for another heavy defeat in the Champions League, with Scottish teams "as far off as we have ever been" in terms of competing. However, he says if the Celtic crowd get right behind their team they could catch City on a bad day. (Daily Record)

Souness urges the Rangers board to find the money to spend on giving manager Mark Warburton a chance of competing with Celtic. He also said that when working with suspended Rangers midfielder Joey Barton at the Euros he found him to be "charming, sensible and knowledgeable about football" - and warned him not to underestimate the size of Rangers. (Herald)

City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, despite leading his team to 10 wins on the trot in three competitions since he took over, says City "are far away" from the standard he seeks. (Daily Record)

Scotland winger Oliver Burke scored four minutes into his first start for Red Bull Leipzig, in a 1-1 draw with Cologne in the Bundesliga. (Scotsman, Daily Mail)

Ross County winger Jonathan Franks urges Gordon Strachan to call goalkeeper Scott Fox into his next Scotland squad. Fox made a string of impressive saves in the goalless draw against Hearts on Saturday. (Daily Express)

Scotland stars Jane Ross and Jenny Beattie helped Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the FA's Women's Super League. (National)


Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons admits he "needs to get tightheads into the club urgently" after Kevin Bryce went off injured in the 28-14 defeat away to Munster. (Times)

The capital side's "gutsy" performance should give them hope they can win against Connacht on Friday, if they have Ross Ford and WP Nel available. (Scotsman)

Glasgow Rocks started the new basketball season with a 90-56 win away to Manchester Giants on Sunday night. (Herald)

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