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  1. Rangers & shareholder Mike Ashley accused of breaching dual interest rules
  2. Trident key to SNP election deal
  3. Doubts over killer nurse conviction
  4. Jim Murphy pledges Scottish Labour's 'rebirth'
  5. Celtic drawn against Inter Milan in last 32 of Europa League

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BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Scotland Live team tonight. We're back tomorrow at 07:00. Hope you can join us then.

Rangers latest

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Scotland

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is looking for about £400,000 if he is to leave immediately, rather than work his 12-month notice period. McCoist will meet the Rangers board on Wednesday, with Rangers seeking an "amicable solution". But with the Ibrox outfit still in dire financial straits, finding such a sum may be difficult.

Ally McCoist

Dog rescue

Fire crews rescued a dog which fell through ice while chasing a duck across a frozen pond in Arbroath.


Murray Lockhart caught the rescue on video.

Ally McCoist - Your Views

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John from Kirkcaldy: There is more to Ally McCoist's actions than meets the eye. The man has simply had enough and it may be the case that he is having to make a stand. Nobody would have put up with this situation and, whilst results on the pitch are poor, Rangers fans must never forget he kept our club together. Despite this media obsession with his salary he did previously work for nothing, unlike others who have bled the club dry.

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Terrifying ordeal

BBC Scotland News

St Andrews sex attack:

Student tells of terrifying ordeal.

The woman was attacked on a lane between the university sports hall and the David Russell apartments in St Andrews

Jim Murphy - Your Views

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Norman, Borders: Labour Party problems not London or personalities, but having same policies of neo-liberal cuts as all other parties.

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Smoke and mirrors

BBC Radio Scotland

Should smoking in cars carrying children be a criminal offence? That's Morning Call tomorrow.

Rangers & Ashley accused of dual interest breach

Rangers and Mike Ashley have been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle,

the SFA has announced.

Ashley owns 8.29% of the Ibrox club and will not increase that shareholding to above 10%.

Both Rangers and Ashley have been issued with a notice of complaint.

Mike Ashley

The case will be heard on 27 January of next year.

Newcastle owner Ashley increased his influence at Ibrox in October when he provided a £2m loan to the cash-strapped Scottish Championship club.

Mountain call after fatal fall

A sheriff has suggested that

mountain guides require regulation after a fatal accident on Skye in 2012.

Graham Paterson, a 60-year-old experienced guide, fell while leading a client with no previous experience of hillwalking in a Scottish winter.

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After several attempts, the woman managed to descend and raise the alarm.

But because she had no map to allow her to give rescuers a grid reference, it was two days after the accident before Mr Paterson's body was found.

Man charged with Stranraer attack

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A 21-year old man has appeared in private at Stranraer Sheriff Court charged with assaulting a man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

David Watson, from Stranraer, made no plea or declaration.


It followed an incident in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning which left a 40-year-old man in Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

Mr Watson was released on bail pending further examination.

Rangers latest

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

#Rangers and Mike Ashley issued with Scottish FA notice of complaint for dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle. Hearing on 27th Jan.

Sexual assaults on bus

Police have released an image of a man who officers believe may be able to assist them with their inquiries after two women were sexually assaulted on a bus in Glasgow city centre on 20 July 2014.

The incident happened between 14:00 and 14:30 hours on a number two bus travelling between Argyle Street and St Vincent Terrace.

CCTV image of man

The man is described as approximately 5'5 in height and of medium build with black cropped hair. He is aged between 34 to 39-years-old. He was wearing dark lenses glasses, dark striped polo shirt, dark jacket and dark denims and green trainers.

Detective Constable Lisa MacDonald of Glasgow west end police office is appealing for any witnesses to this incident, or anyone who can identify the man in the CCTV image to come forward to police.

Four-figure theft from bistro

Police Scotland are appealing for information following a theft from the Alford Bistro & Coffee Shop on Main Street in Alford.

The cafe was broken into between 23:30 on 13 December and 09:25 on 14 December.

A small black hotel safe which contained cash as well as some gift vouchers and cash from the till were stolen. The cash stolen was estimated to be a mid-four figure sum.

The Alford Bistro

Police Constable Neil Duncan said: "I would ask members of the public who may have been offered gift vouchers for the Alford Bistro & Coffee Shop, or have come across anyone in a possession of a large quantity of these gift vouchers, that they contact us.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have seen any person or vehicle acting suspiciously on the night of Saturday 13 December."

Colin Norris case

The innocent serial killer? Mark Daly

says the case of Scottish nurse Colin Norris is "immensely troubling'.

Colin Norris was convicted of murdering four elderly patients

"My relationship with his case started back in 2011. My latest Panorama/BBC Scotland Investigates is the second programme I've made on it. And there is now even more reason to question the convictions," writes Mark.

Man arrested over 'rare' stolen car

Angie Brown

BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

A man has been charged by police in connection with the theft of a rare car during a break-in at a West Lothian house.

The purple Nissan Skyline was stolen along with £150,000 worth of jewellery and cash from a Livingston house last Wednesday.

Nissan Skyline

The car, which was later recovered in London, is said to be worth £47,000 and is one of only about 20 in the UK.

A 31-year-old will appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Trident key to SNP election deal

The SNP will not lend its support to any party that favours Trident renewal if there is a hung parliament after the UK general election next year.

The party's leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been laying out her key demands in the event of the SNP being asked to do a deal.

John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon at Downing Street

She ruled out any electoral pact with the Tories, but hinted she could reach agreement with Labour.

She also repeated calls for the SNP to be included in pre-election TV debates.

Strachan 'feels' for McCoist

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has expressed sympathy for Ally McCoist.

Rangers confirmed earlier today that

McCoist has resigned and is serving a 12-month notice period.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and Rangers boss Ally McCoist
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"I feel for him because over the last two years he's been speaking about Rangers Football Club, the financial state of it, who's the chairman, who's not the chairman, and the only time you actually speak to him about football is when they get beat," said Strachan.

"I do feel for every football manager, but it's not going to change."

Jim Murphy - Your Views

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John: Jim Murphy is well in with Westminster Labour - warts and all - and they will be very happy to see this Labour right winger dictate policy for Scotland.

Serious road accident closes A7

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC Scotland news website

A serious accident has led to the closure of the A7 in the Scottish Borders at Selkirk.

Traffic Scotland said the incident, reported shortly before 16:00, involved a lorry and a pedestrian.


Emergency services have been sent to the scene and the road has been closed in both directions.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible and seek an alternative route or expect delays.

Weather update

BBC Scotland Weather


It's a cold night to come with a band of wintry showers spreading across northern Scotland. The showers will fall as sleet, hail and snow, with some thunder possible too.

It will be drier in the central belt and south although there is the risk of a few passing showers at times. It will be cold for all with a widespread frost, icy in places and lows around freezing.

There is a Met Office yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice valid until Tuesday morning affecting the Northern Isles, Grampian and the Highlands.

Tomorrow a weak ridge of high pressure will bring a better day for most. Ice will be a risk first thing and it will be mainly dry day with some sunshine especially in the east.

St Andrews case

A student from St Andrews University has told a jury she was terrified when a man pushed her to the ground.

The 19-year-old said she was walking from her halls of residence in St Andrews along a tree-lined footpath towards a bus stop, when she was grabbed.

She was giving evidence at the trial of Pasquale Galianni, 31, who denies sexually assaulting her with intent to rape in North Haugh, St Andrews on 28 November last year.

Mr Galianni also denies raping and sexually assaulting another woman in the town in April this year. He has lodged a special defence of consent to the rape charge.

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Newsdrive is getting under way on BBC Radio Scotland, with the latest on the

Sydney cafe siege.


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Forrest on fire

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is relishing the prospect of having fit-again winger James Forrest available for selection.

Forrest scored one and set up another in Sunday's 4-1 win over St Mirren.

Celtic winger James Forrest

It was great to see him, the way he eliminates people with his first touch, his change of pace, it's terrific,"

said Strachan, who revealed his side will face Northern Ireland in a friendly in March.

"James will add to our squad when we get him back. He's got to work back to fitness with Celtic and if he does well with them then he'll get involved with us again."

Sturgeon on Trident

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

Scotland's first minister and the leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, has been laying out her key demands in the event of a hung parliament after the next general election, including a commitment not to renew Trident.

Speaking at Westminster, Ms Sturgeon ruled out any electoral pact with the Tories, but hinted she could reach agreement with Labour.

The Trident Nuclear Submarine, HMS Victorious, on patrol off the west coast of Scotland.
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However, she said she could not lend her support to any party that wanted to go ahead with replacing Trident. She would not use the phrase ''a red line'' but made it plain a refusal to invest in a Trident replacement would be necessary before her party could reach any agreement.

Ms Sturgeon also urged an end to ''austerity politics'' and repeated her call for the SNP to be included in any TV debates in the run up to next May's general election. She said a refusal to do so would be ''indefensible'' because the SNP was now the third largest UK party in terms of membership.

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Party's 'rebirth'

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

This was Jim Murphy's Clause Four moment: a mirror of the initiative 20 years ago when Tony Blair rewrote his party's historic stance on economic policy. Mr Murphy told a party audience in Glasgow today that he wanted nothing less than the rebirth of Scottish Labour.

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He said devolved policies must be driven in Scotland and Scottish party staffing must be firmly in the hands of the Scottish leader.

Autonomy, he said, would be specified in a redrafted Scottish Labour constitution. Critics say it's gloss; Mr Murphy says he's signalling a determination to change.

Murphy's vision

The Herald

"Politicians with visions, the former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt once remarked laconically, ought to go and see an optician."

Read David Torrance's column on Jim Murphy becoming the new leader of Scottish Labour.

'Night to remember'

Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist from Edinburgh who was given the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night,

tweets: Thanks again for all the kind messages that are still coming in after last night at SPOTY. A night to remember :-)

Chased with golf club

Evening Express

tweets: Brave Aberdeen shopkeeper chased knife-wielding robber with a golf club

Read the full story here.

Aiming high

Kheredine Idessane

BBC Scotland

tweets: Ian Baraclough first press conference as Motherwell manager: "I want people to believe we can win the league"

Borders financial settlement 'fair'


financial settlement allocated to the Scottish Borders Council is "fair", according to its leader.

The authority will receive about £203m in 2015/16 from the Scottish government, under plans outlined by finance secretary John Swinney.

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Council leader David Parker said: "The settlement is a difficult settlement in difficult, austere times but it's a fair settlement."

The council will outline their plans for the budget on Thursday.

Click and collect on the rise

Scottish retailers expect to see a 47% rise in click and collect orders this Christmas.

A woman online shopping on a tablet

Barclays say click and collect, where people order an item online and collect it in store, is expected to grow three times faster than home deliveries by 2018.

They also say nearly half of retailers are investing in click and collect as a delivery option and more than two thirds believe its critical to their business.

'Give me a chance'

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths

"Haha the viewing from the stand will be decent. Tweet was a bit tongue in cheek, I'm buzzing for the draw, hopefully the manager decides to give me a chance. Great for the club #67

Life of a football reporter

Jim Spence

BBC Sport

tweets: Quick cuppie before heading up to Pittodrie

Man Flu cup

Car chase court appearances

The Press and Journal

tweets: Ten people expected in court today following Friday's car chase through Inverurie and Aberdeen

Read the full story here.

Appeal over attempted murder

Police have issued a

fresh appeal for help in tracing a car that was used in the attempted murder of a teenager in Glsgow.

The 18-year-old was walking with two friends in Inveresk Street, Carntyne, when the car struck him at 20:00 on 30 November.

Inveresk Street, Carntyne

A male passenger then argued with them before leaving in the car, which returned and hit the victim again.

Police believe the car was a black Volkswagen Golf. The teenager remains in a serious condition in hospital.

New education strategy

The Scottish government has launched a seven-year strategy to help schools, colleges and employers work together more effectively.

The plans include increasing the number of tie-ups between schools and employers as well as improving careers guidance.

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They follow a major report earlier this year on developing Scotland's young workforce.

The government hopes the plans will lead to a significant cut in youth unemployment by 2022.