Scottish Gossip: Derby County, Hearts, Rangers, Hamilton, Celtic

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Hearts' director of football Craig Levein will take charge of the first team for the league game against Ross County in Dingwall on Saturday, as head coach Robbie Neilson and assistant Stevie Crawford travel to Milton Keynes on Friday to complete their move to MK Dons. (Daily Express)

Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits he's keeping an eye on four Hearts players - Callum Paterson, Jamie Walker, John Souttar and Bjorn Johnsen. McClaren and his backroom team were at Tynecastle to watch the win over Rangers. (Sun)

With Rangers in danger of slipping to fourth in the Premiership table if they lose to Aberdeen on Saturday, former manager Graeme Souness thinks Ibrox chairman Dave King is paying the price with supporters for not backing up his stated intention to invest £30m in the club to compete with Celtic. "If you make promises to football supporters it makes life doubly difficult if you don't keep them," says Souness. (Daily Record)

Hearts defenders John Souttar and Callum Paterson are attracting interest from Derby County
Hearts defenders John Souttar and Callum Paterson are attracting interest from Derby County

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday believes a "heated" discussion among the squad can help them bounce back from Wednesday's 2-0 defeat by Hearts in time for the visit of Aberdeen. (National)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admits that the stats showing that the last time the Dons won at Ibrox was in 1991 does not make "good reading for us". He says: "I think that shows you the difficulty involved in playing there." (Press and Journal)

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon is keen to sign St Johnstone attacking midfielder Danny Swanson in January but, failing that, will try to secure the boyhood Hibs fan on a summer move when he is free to talk to clubs at the turn of the year. Saints hope Swanson will extend his current deal, which runs out at the end of the season.(Sun)

Lennon has made "ambitious moves" to sign former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant and ex-Everton stalwart Leon Osman and the Hibs boss says former Juventus midfielder Fausto Rossi has been offered a trial at East Mains. (Scotsman)

Hamilton Accies captain Michel Devlin
Will we see Hamilton Accies captain Michel Devlin in a Scotland jersey soon?

Centre-half Michael Devlin admits he took confidence from Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning's suggestion that his captain could be a Scotland player one day soon. (National)

Rangers manager Mark Warburton hopes to sign a European "dynamic, goalscoring midfielder" in the January transfer window to replace the injured Croat Niko Kranjcar until the end of the season. (Daily Record)

Hearts haven't made an official approach for Ian Cathro to replace outgoing head coach Robbie Neilson, according to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. Cathro, 30, has a good relationship with Hearts director of football Craig Levein. (Daily Record)

Following Moussa Dembele's comments that no team in Scotland could defeat Celtic if they maintained their current performance levels and hunger to achieve, manager Brendan Rodgers tells his players he is happy for them to make bold statements of intent, as long as they back it up on and off the park. (Daily Mail)

Rodgers reveals that after Sunday's Betfred Cup final Hampden win over Aberdeen he was home by half-past eight for some tea and toast. (Sun)

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker believes his old club's success is the result of Dermot Desmond rediscovering his interest in what happens at Parkhead. (Herald)

OTHER GOSSIP

Scotland look set to play in Fiji as part of their summer tour. The Scots are touring Australia to play a quadrangular tournament against the host nation, Italy and Fiji, but will also travel to Fiji to play a Test against the islanders on their home soil, probably in the capital Suva. (Scotsman)