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Dundee United and Celtic players in referee spat, Inverness not happy at Scottish Cup final timings and Ronny Deila discusses his management techniques.

Dundee United accuse Celtic of influencing referees

Paul Paton has accused Celtic of influencing match officials following the latest bad-tempered episode in the ongoing series of games between Dundee United and the Parkhead club. (Scotsman)

• Dundee United have appealed the red card Ryan McGowan picked up against Celtic in their 4 - 0 league cup defeat meaning he can play against the Parkhead side on Saturday

• Michael Lustig says his season is over as he is still struggling to recover from an ankle injury picked up in February

Scottish Cup semi-final dates announced

Celtic's John Guidetti confronts Dundee United's Ryan McGowan. Picture: SNS

Celtic's John Guidetti confronts Dundee United's Ryan McGowan. Picture: SNS

The dates have been announced for this season’s Scottish Cup semi-finals:

Hibs v Falkirk

12:15pm at Hampden - live on BBC and Sky Sports

Celtic v Inverness

12:15pm at Hampden - live on Sky Sports

• Inverness have hit out at the SFA for the early kick-off in their match against Celtic as it will mean an early start for fans travelling to Glasgow

Celtic manager Ronny Deila reveals management formula

Ronny Deila says players can no longer be frightened into becoming better at their game and that he only gets angry with those who “do not care and go out drinking all the time”.

Deila also says he has been impressed by the way in which striker Anthony Stokes has turned his game and conditioning around. (Record)

• Charlie Mulgrew is aiming to return to full training with Celtic after the international break.

The Scotland international has been suffering from a knee injury and admits he rushed his comeback slightly last time he tried to return to action.

Hearts face hefty fee for Zeefuik

The Tynecastle club will have to pay around £300,000 to keep Genero Zeefuik who is on loan from Gronigen. The Dutch side say they will not loan the 24-year-old out for another season and will either sell him or give him another chance. (Record)

IN BRIEF

• Gary Locke says he will not let his Kilmarnock players rest on their laurels as they look to build on their six game unbeaten run

• New Sunderland manager and former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat says he is confident he can keep his new club in the top flight of English football

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