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Tuesday's headlines

  • Hearts' Watt defends his reputation
  • McFadden becomes Well number two
  • Pressley resigns from Fleetwood
  • Sviatchenko adds to Celtic woes
  • Warburton backs Kranjcar to shine
  • Aberdeen's Europa League media conference
  • Dons consult over controversial stadium
  • Celtic defender signs for Peterhead

Watt a lot to say

Tony Watt
Tony Watt has joined Hearts on loan from Charlton

Hearts have become Tony Watt's eighth club at the age of 22 and the striker hopes to make a fresh start at Tynecastle on loan from Charlton Athletic.

The Coatbridge-born player, who has one Scotland cap, has dismissed suggestions that he is difficult to work with despite a sometimes controversial past.

And he insists that the goal against Barcelona that shot him to fame as an 18-year-old with Celtic had not been a burden.

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Faddy becomes Motherwell assistant

Motherwell have appointed former Scotland forward James McFadden as assistant manager to Mark McGhee.

The 33-year-old succeeds Stephen Robinson, who moved to become manager of Oldham Athletic this summer.

McFadden, who signed a year-long contract and will also be registered as a player, started his third spell at Fir Park in December but had his season cut short by injury.

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Pressley makes swift Fleetwood exit

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley has left Fleetwood after nine months

Fleetwood Town have accepted the resignation of manager Steven Pressley after nine months with the English League One club.

The 42-year-old replaced former Scotland team-mate Graham Alexander in October with the club in the relegation zone and guided them to safety.

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Dons speak about Maribor test

Aberdeen are Scotland's last survivors in Europa League qualifying and manager Derek McInnes will give his thoughts at a lunchtime media conference at Pittodrie Stadium.

The Dons host Slovenian side Maribor in the first leg of their third qualifying round on Thursday.

Aberdeen consult over stadium

Aberdeen have started a series of public consultations over what could be another controversial proposal for a new stadium.

The Scottish Premiership club hope to build the arena and training facilities at Kingsford, close to the city by-pass, near Westhill, but face opposition because it is in the green belt.

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Sviatchenko adds to Celtic defensive woes

Erik Sviatchenko (left) in action against Lincoln Red Imps
Erik Sviatchenko (left) did not travel to Kazakhstan

Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko has not travelled with Celtic to Kazakhstan ahead of Wednesday's Champions League qualifier first leg against Astana.

The reason for the 24-year-old's absence is not yet clear, but it leaves manager Brendan Rodgers short of cover in central defence.

Veteran former Liverpool centre-half Kolo Toure has not travelled despite signing a one-year contract on Sunday, while fellow summer arrival Kristoffer Ajer has also missed the trip with a thumb injury.

Dedryk Boyata and Jozo Simunovic were already missing through injury, while Charlie Mulgrew was not considered because no agreement has been reached over a new contract.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will give his reaction at a lunchtime media conference in Kazakhstan.

Kranjcar backed to survive rough treatment

Niko Kranjcar celebrates his goal for Rangers against Stranraer
Niko Kranjcar scored his first goal for Rangers against Stranraer

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has insisted that Niko Kranjcar will be able to handle the rough and tumble of Scottish football after the Croatian midfielder escaped serious injury against Stranraer.

The 31-year-old summer signing scored his first Rangers goal in the 3-0 win over Stranraer that ensured his side progress to the last 16 of the Scottish League Cup.

But Kranjcar was left wincing after midfielder Ryan Thomson careered through the back of his legs near the end of the part-timers' Ibrox defeat.

"It was a bad tackle, but he got up, so he's fine, touch wood," said Warburton. "You don't play 80 caps for Croatia if he can look after himself, don't worry about that.

"That was a bad tackle, but we move on from it."

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Celtic's Kelleher on the move

Fiacre Kelleher in action for Celtic Under-20s
Fiacre Kelleher has moved from Celtic to Peterhead

Celtic defender Fiacre Kelleher has joined Peterhead for a six-month loan spell.

The 20-year-old becomes manager Jim McInally's fifth summer signing at the League One club.

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