Rumour Mill: Newcastle and Palace want Celtic star | Barton tweets about Old Firm derby | Rodgers to add in January

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, Joey Barton has tweeted his support for Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby, and the Celtic boss admits he’s already planning his January shopping list.

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Derek McInnes wants to build something special at Aberdeen. Picture: Getty

Derek McInnes wants to ‘create an era’ at Aberdeen

A delighted Derek McInnes challenged his Aberdeen players to “create an era” and, following their victory over Morton, go on and win the Betfred Cup.

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Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes takes on Michael Doyle of Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final at Hampden.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Five things we learned from Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Craig Cairns and Craig Fowler give their take on the first of the Betfred Cup semi-finals.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, left, celebrates his side's victory over Morton at Hampden Park.  Picture: Getty/Michael Steele

Aberdeen reach their first Hampden final in 16 years

What is it with Aberdeen and Hampden Park? They took the League Cup back to Pittodrie in 2014 but with the National Stadium under construction, their convincing victory in the semi-final over St Johnstone came at Tynecastle while their penalty shootout win versus Inverness took place at Celtic Park. Before today, Aberdeen had failed to secure a positive result at Hampden since their Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibernian in 2000.

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Aberdeen's Adam Rooney celebrates after opening the scoring versus Mortom at Hampden Park. Picture: SNS/Alan harvey

Morton 0 - 2 Aberdeen: Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean on target

Aberdeen are through to their 14th League Cup final – but they had to battle all the way against a plucky Morton side at a two-thirds-empty Hampden.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Jack has recovered from a knee injury and is in line to face Morton in Saturday's League Cup semi-final. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack desperate to end Aberdeen’s Hampden hoodoo

Ryan Jack returns to action in today’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Morton at a 
venue where the Aberdeen captain has suffered more pain than the knee surgery that kept him sidelined these past two months.

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Jim Duffy is in confident mood after his team beat Queen of the South 5-0 last weekend. Picture: Michael Gillen

Defensive dilemma for Duffy

Morton manager Jim Duffy has admitted that he will have to take a risk with his team selection against Aberdeen in their Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden today by playing at least one defender who is not fully fit.

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Jai Quitongo: Homesick. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes hopes Jai Quitongo won’t come back to haunt him

Derek McInnes was disappointed Jai Quitongo could not make himself at home at Aberdeen.

Aberdeen legend Joe Harper will take part in 40th anniversary event.

AFC 1976 stars reuniting for first time to support charity

ABERDEEN Football Club legends are reuniting from across the globe at a charity lunch this month.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says he has no problem with BT Sport. Picture: Getty

Rumour Mill: Warburton denies BT Sport rift | Mönchengladbach poke fun at Glasgow pub | Old Firm quit plan

Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists he has no personal issue with BT Sport, Borussia Mönchengladbach win on the park and on social media, and Henrik Larsson’s agent reveals a 17-year-old plan for the Old Firm to quit Scottish football.

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Could Barton be set to finish his Rangers career already? Picture; John Devlin

Rumour Mill: Celtic could have scored six | Campaign to move Old Firm fixture | Joey Barton set to exit Rangers?

Brendan Rodgers aims to secure European football beyond Christmas, campaign launched to move date of the Old Firm clash and the Joey Barton saga rolls on. All this and more in today’s Rumour Mill.

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Built on the Clyde: Derek McInnes, right, playing for Morton against St Johnstone in 1988, aged 17. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes says he was made in Morton

Derek McInnes experienced European football with Rangers, captained West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership and was capped twice for Scotland during two decades as a professional footballer but it’s the eight and a half years spent at Morton that has had the most profound impact on his career.

Aberdeen's Jayden Stockley emerged from the bench to score the fourth. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen 4 - 0 Ross County: McInnes’ men stay second

Goals from Jonny Hayes, Shay Logan, Niall McGinn and substitute Jayden Stockley secured a fifth successive Aberdeen victory that was far from flattering on a day when they could easily have doubled that advantage against a Ross County side reduced to ten men for over an hour.

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Morton's Jai Quitongo is much talked about

Morton’s Jim Duffy puts faith in young players against Dons

Morton manager Jim Duffy reckons that despite intense preparations for their Betfred Cup semi-final with Aberdeen next Saturday at Hampden, he is not sure how his players, including the much-talked-about Jai Quitongo, will do against the Dons.

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney is pleased the club have bolstered their attacking options. Picture: John Devlin

Adam Rooney unfazed by arrival of Dons’ summer recruits

Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney is feeling no less pressure to score goals following the arrival of attacking reinforcements in the summer.

Hearts and Rangers will meet in the top flight for the first time since 2012. Picture: Jane Barlow

Hearts v Rangers among four Premiership fixtures rescheduled

Hearts’ rearranged league match with Rangers at Tynecastle will take place on Wednesday, November 30, and be shown live by BT Sport.

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Walter Smith's departure from Rangers was announced in October 1997, seven months before his eventual exit. Picture: TSPL

Eight managers who had prolonged exits from Scottish clubs

Jackie McNamara will remain in charge of York City, despite being sacked by the National League club. The unusual agreement was announced earlier today as it appears McNamara will continue to handle first-team duties until the club appoint his successor. In honour of this bizarre situation, we look back at few protracted exits for managers in Scottish football from years gone by.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Ryan Fulton made his Scotland U21 debut against Iceland in midweek. Picture: SNS Group

Ryan Fulton aims to emulate ex-Aberdeen keeper Danny Ward

Liverpool keeper Ryan 
Fulton is aiming to take the Danny Ward route to the top by following in the footsteps of the former Aberdeen star after making his Scotland Under-21s debut.

Kolo Toure has been in top form since signing for Celtic. Picture: SNS

10 veteran signings who turned out to be excellent

Kolo Toure has been an inspired signing by Brendan Rodgers. He’s put in terrific performances in key European fixtures for Celtic, and looked more than comfortable in the Scottish top flight. In honour of the Ivorian centre back, we’ve put together a list of other 30-something signings who’ve proved age is only a number.

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James Maddison has made an instant impact at Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

10 loan signings who lit up Scottish football

Aberdeen’s season has been reborn by the excellent play of on loan Norwich City midfielder James Maddison. The playmaker has slotted right into the No.10 role and provided extra energy, dynamism and a goal threat from deep that Derek McInnes’ side were lacking until his arrival. In honour of the player, we’re looking at 10 previous loan signings who made similar impacts at Scottish clubs.

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