Gerrard blasts Rangers opponents, ex-Ibrox midfielder praised by World Cup winner, racist Hearts fan attacked own supporters, Lennon reserves praise for Celtic ace, hope for Parkhead outcast - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

Thursday's Scottish football news and gossip.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he wasn't bothered that his side avoided Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-final draw, insisting the Ladbrokes Premiership champions would feel comfortable about beating everyone. (Scottish Sun)

Stories on Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Hibs.

Neil Lennon insists Scott Sinclair is very much still part of the Celtic squad after the attacker came off the bench to score in the 5-0 victory over Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup. (Daily Record)

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Steven Gerrard has questioned Livingstons physical style of play after revealing Joe Aribo needed 20 stitches in a head wound following an aerial clash with Ricki Lamie. (The Scotsman)
Craig Levein insists Hearts are not going to Hampden Park to make up the numbers after securing a Betfred Cup semi-final against Rangers. (Evening News)
Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has insisted Saturdays Premiership clash with Celtic is not a dress rehearsal for the Betfred Cup semi-final between the two clubs in November. (Evening News)
Cesc Fabregas heaped praise on Billy Gilmour after the former Rangers youngster made his full Chelsea debut and played the full 90 minutes in the 7-1 hammering of Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup. (Daily Record)
Jim Jefferies was among the spectators as Hearts took on Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals at Tynecastle. The former Hearts boss made his first public appearance since suffering a heart attack earlier this month. (Evening News)
Neil Lennon hailed debutant Jeremie Frimpong as Celtic romped into the Betfred Cup semi-finals and insisted the teenager is now firmly in contention to hold down a regular first team place. (The Scotsman)
A Hearts fan who racial abused Celtic's Scott Sinclair and then assaulted his own supporters has been banned from football grounds for two years. (Evening News)