Scottish Gossip: Hearts, Neilson, Warburton, Albion Rovers

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Outgoing Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson hailed his players following their victory against Rangers ahead of finalising his move to English League One outfit MK Dons. (Various)

Mark Warburton described his Rangers side's display in the defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle as "unacceptable" and has demanded a positive response against Aberdeen at the weekend. (Various)

Austin MacPhee has emerged as the frontrunner to be named the SFA's performance director. MacPhee, currently part of Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill's backroom staff, has impressed following a series of interviews.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
Robbie Neilson praised his Hearts players following what could prove his last game in charge

Albion Rovers will meet the SFA to discuss a change of venue for their Scottish Cup tie at home to Celtic. (Daily Record)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller believes the Ibrox outfit's stuttering form shows they are still adjusting to the "step up" to Scotland's top flight. (Various)

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who has started the last seven games for Brendan Rodgers, is determined to retain his place in the starting line-up despite the club searching for midfield additions. (Daily Record)

Hamilton Accies aren't planning a January transfer recruitment drive as manager Martin Canning is content with his squad for the rest of this season's Premiership campaign. (Various)

Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn is confident the Dons can purge the memory of their League Cup final defeat by Celtic when they face Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. (Daily Record)

Austin MacPhee
Austin MacPhee: the SFA's next performance director?

Malky Mackay would bring "a real knowledge and work ethic" to the vacant SFA performance director role, according to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. (Various)

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon believes Ian Cathro, currently part of Newcastle's coaching staff, is the perfect candidate to succeed outgoing Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson. (Scottish Sun)

SPFL clubs will hold a minute's silence or applause before matches this weekend as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the fatal air crash in Colombia. (Various)

Hibs boss Neil Lennon is preparing a move for St Johnstone midfielder Danny Swanson, who will be able to sign a pre-contract deal when the transfer window opens. (Various)

Celtic can expect to net a £5m return on their sell-on clause for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk with the £50m-rated Dutch international tipped for a move to Manchester United or Liverpool, according to former Southampton star Matt Le Tissier. (Various)

Hearts want Ian Cathro to succeed Robbie Neilson as head coach of the Edinburgh club. (The National)

OTHER GOSSIP

Six Nations chiefs want to reward "try-scoring and an attacking style of play" after introducing bonus points for this season's flagship tournament. (The Scotsman)

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