Scottish Gossip: James Tavernier in penalty claim; Dembele a doubt; McInnes' dream

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Rangers defender James Tavernier says it was recently-under-fire official Don Robertson, positioned behind the goal, who awarded a penalty to Celtic in their Scottish Cup semi-final win over the Ibrox side at Hampden. (Scottish Sun)[1]

Tavernier claims Leigh Griffiths, the Celtic player he brought down for the penalty, told him it was not a spot-kick – but Griffiths later insisted on Twitter that the officials made the right call. (Daily Record[2])

Captain Scott Brown believes Celtic proved they are way ahead of Rangers in Sunday’s 2-0 win for Brendan Rodgers’ side. (Herald)[3]

James Tavernier was adjudged to have brought down Leigh Griffiths in the Scottish Cup semi-final<!–

And striker Scott Sinclair says that in terms of the way Celtic controlled the game, Sunday’s victory was just as satisfying as their 5-1 win over Rangers earlier this season. (Daily Record[4])

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is an injury doubt for the Scottish Cup final after leaving the pitch with a hamstring problem on Sunday. (Daily Express – print edition)

Rangers striker Kenny Miller admits his side were not good enough in the semi-final defeat and insists they must do much better in next week’s Old Firm match. (Scottish Sun[5])

Aberdeen defender Graeme Shinnie says his side can no longer be accused of ‘bottling it’ in big games after they saw off a Hibs comeback to win 3-2 in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final. (Daily Record)

And Dons boss Derek McInnes revealed his dream end to the season would be securing second spot in the Premiership and winning the Scottish Cup. (Daily Mail[6])

Dons defender Mark Reynolds says the images in Pittodrie of the club’s past trophy successes will inspire Aberdeen’s current squad to add their names to that list in the Scottish Cup final. (Scottish Sun)[7]

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn says his side’s showing in the semi-final proves they have the quality to shine in the Premiership next season. (Daily Express)

Hibs midfielder Andrew Shinnie has wished brother Graeme, who was in the Aberdeen side that beat the Easter Road men on Saturday, good luck for the cup final. (Scottish Sun – print edition)

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Dunfermline captain Andy Geggan wants Falkirk player Myles Hippolyte banned for diving to win a penalty as the Bairns beat the Pars 2-1 at the weekend. (Scottish Sun[8])

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Stephen Maguire fears no-one at snooker’s world championships after beating Rory McLeod 13-3 to reach the quarter-finals. (Herald)


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