Scottish football news: Dundee sell top scorer, Celtic draw in Astana

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Wednesday's headlines

  • Celtic draw 1-1 in Astana
  • Dundee sell top scorer to Oxford United
  • St Mirren take Rangers forward on loan
  • McCall agrees new Ayr contract
  • Stranraer and Cove censured and fined
  • League Cup shocks

Hemmings leaves Dundee for Oxford

Kane Hemmings
Hemmings had two years to run on his contract at Dens Park

Dundee have sold striker Kane Hemmings to Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old moves to the English League One side on a three-year deal after scoring 25 goals last season and netting three times in two League Cup matches this term.

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Rodgers happy with Celtic draw in Kazakhstan

Manager Brendan Rodgers praised the resilience of his Celtic players after they came from behind to grab a crucial 1-1 draw against Astana.

Leigh Griffiths levelled for the visitors with their only shot on target.

"It was an outstanding result for us," said Rodgers. "Collectively, the mentality was the most pleasing thing.

"I think we were all written off before the game, everyone pretty clear in their opinion of the game, that we would do well to come back with anything other than a loss, but the players deserve an immense amount of credit, to fight and show spirit and passion in the game."

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New goalkeeper for Accies

Hamilton have signed goalkeeper Gary Woods following the 25-year-old's release from Leyton Orient.

He was on loan at Ross County last season, picking up a League Cup winners medal, and replaces Michael McGovern, who joined Norwich after his heroics with Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.

Accies may also be in the market for a defender after Jesus Garcia Tena was ruled out for least six months with ligament damage.

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Rangers forward Ryan Hardie has joined St Mirren on loan until January.

The 19-year-old scored six goals in 12 games while on loan at Raith Rovers last season.

"I think the fans can expect to see me running in behind and linking up with players and if I get a chance, to score a few goals," he told the Buddies' website.

Meanwhile, Hearts striker Nikolay Todorov, also 19, has been loaned out to Cowdenbeath for the same period.

New deal for McCall

Ian McCall
Ian McCall is extending his stay at Somerset Park

Ayr United manager Ian McCall, 51, has signed a new contract to keep him at the Somerset Park club until the end of season 2017-18.

Last season McCall, who has been in charge of Ayr since 2015, led his side to promotion to the Scottish Championship via the play-offs.

Clubs censured and fined after mix-up

Cove Rangers and Stranraer have been "severely censured" and fined by a Scottish Professional Football League sub-committee after naming ineligible players in their matchday squads for recent League Cup matches.

Nathan Brown was an unused substitute in Stranraer's 2-1 win against Annan Athletic [16 July] and Cove's Lewis Dunbar was an unused substitute in their 4-0 defeat by Alloa Athletic [19 July].

Both clubs pleaded guilty to alleged breaches of Betfred Cup Regulations and, in addition to the censures, the clubs were warned as to their future conduct and fined £2,000.

"In each case, 75% of the fine was suspended until 31 December 2017," said the SPFL in a statement. "The suspended element of each fine would be activated in the event that the club concerned were to be found guilty of another breach of any SPFL rules or any regulations in any matter regarding player eligibility occurring on or before 31 December 2017.

"The SPFL Board sub-committee determined that neither Stranraer FC nor Cove Rangers FC obtained any sporting advantage."

County out as Premiership pair falter

Jim McIntyre
Jim McIntyre's Ross County lost to Alloa Athletic

For the sixth season in a row, there will be a different name on the Scottish League Cup after Ross County's defence ended.

The Dingwall side's Group D loss at Alloa Athletic means they will not progress to the second round.

Elsewhere, County's top-flight rivals Dundee lost at Peterhead while St Johnstone had to settle for a consolation point as they lost on penalties to Brechin City, who took the bonus point after a 1-1 draw.

Motherwell got their second Group F win by beating East Stirlingshire.

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More cup action

As well as Celtic's match in Kazakhstan, there are also three League Cup ties on Wednesday.

Premiership Hamilton Academical visit League Two newcomers Edinburgh City while Arbroath host Cowdenbeath and Highland League Cove Rangers take on Montrose. All three games are at 19:45.

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