Rangers boss in contract admission, Celtic manger appointment 'accelerated', Old Firm trash talk, Super League sham - Scottish Premiership Rumour Mill

The Scottish Cup quarter-finalists were decided over the weekend with Rangers, Hibs, Motherwell, St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Dundee United ensuring it is an all-Premiership last eight.

Games continue to come thick and fast at the business end of the season, with a full round of midweek fixtures in the Premiership, League One and League Two.

Monday’s main Scottish football transfer news and headlines:

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Ex-Celtic boss Gordon Strachan labelled claims that his former team wanted it less than Rangers in their Scottish Cup loss as “an embarrassment”. Strachan talked about how Rangers had been “binned" by Celtic for nine years and that Allan McGregor was man of the match. (Premier Sports)

Scottish football's main news and headlines on Monday. Picture: SNS

Former Hibs player Tam McManus hit out at Strachan for having “lost the plot” and being “rude” for his punditry. He tweeted: “Shouting and talking over everyone else is not for me. It’s rude. I like him he is a really good pundit but he has lost the plot today.” (Twitter)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed there was “trash talk” between the benches during the Old Firm clash on Sunday. He said: “At times, there is trash talk on the sides. Sometimes that’s Celtic’s fault, sometimes that’s our fault. Emotions are running high, there’s a lot at stake.” (Scottish Sun)

Ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan reckons it makes sense if Celtic appoint a director of football before a new manager. It has been reported Fergal Harkin will take up the role, joining from Manchester City, before a manager is appointed. Whelan said: “It’s easy for the manager negotiations, completely, because this man’s in place. So you’re here, you manage, you work with him.” (Football Insider)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reckons the club should have given Allan McGregor a ten-year contract extension rather than just one. The goalkeeper was arguably man of the match in the win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup. Gerrard described him as “world class”. He said: “We’ve just given him a one year deal but we should have given him 10 – because he can have my job after me! We love him that much. He can have whatever he wants.” (Various)

Former Celtic star Shaun Maloney believes the Parkhead side club need to begin the process of appointing a new manager “pretty quickly” and firming plans for next season. He said: "It's difficult to judge from the outside but I think with the new chief executive coming in, and that being brought forward, it feels that they are trying to accelerate the process. They have to really because next season's planning should already be done.” (BBC)

Rangers reminded Celtic of the club’s success this season, while trolling the Parkhead interim boss John Kennedy. Kennedy maintained his team were the best in the league with Rangers posting a celebratory tweet: "A win against the best team in the league." In addition, the club lit up a number of Glasgow landmarks with celebratory messages. (Scottish Sun)

In non-Scottish football news, 12 clubs from around Europe have announced plans to form a breakaway Super League. Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Inter Milan and AC Milan have signed up for the tournament which has been condemned by Uefa. (The Scotsman)

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