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Malky Mackay will be confirmed as the Scottish FA's new performance director tomorrow. The former Cardiff City boss has convinced SFA chief executive Stewart Regan that he is the man to succeed Brian McClair.

Full story: Daily Record

However, SNP MSP Clare Haughey has urged the SFA not to appoint Mackay - who was at the centre of text message allegations in August 2014 - as it would send out a "terrible message". (Various)

Brendan Rodgers has criticised Celtic's playing surface after seeing his side extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to 11 points. "It doesn't hold any weight at this point," Rodgers said following last night's win against Hamilton.

"The pitch doesn't help us - it's really slow for the type and speed of football we want to play." (Various)

The match at Pittodrie was abandoned
Floodlight failure at Pittodrie saw the Premiership clash abandoned

Motherwell and Aberdeen aim to compensate supporters after last night's Premiership match at Pittodrie was abandoned because of floodlight failure. (Various)

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee expects confirmation that his touchline ban will be extended to Saturday's trip to St Johnstone after last night's match against Aberdeen was abandoned. (Daily Express)

Dundee United aim to bring Nadir Ciftci back to Tannadice, as the Turkish striker has been unable to force his way into Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Chelsea are stepping up their interest in Rangers playmaker Billy Gilmour. Scouts from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and a host of English clubs watched the teenager feature for Scotland in this year's Victory Shield. (Scottish Sun)

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark doesn't believe Kris Boyd's criticism of Hearts' appointment of Ian Cathro will have any bearing when the sides lock horns later this month. "If he [Boyd] has an opinion on something, he is well within his rights to put that opinion forward," said Clark.

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci
Will Nadir Ciftci return to his old stomping ground at Tannadice?

"If that means he takes a bit of stick at Tynecastle then I'm sure he will be big enough to take that on the chin." (The Herald)

Brendan Rodgers insists his players' mental strength is the key to his record-breaking start to a season for a new Celtic manager. Victory over Hamilton Accies last night saw Rodgers make it 19 domestic games unbeaten - eclipsing Martin O'Neill's record. (Various)

Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen is relishing life at Tynecastle but admits he fancies a crack at a club in England at some stage to develop his career further. (Various)

Hull City and Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass "will try his best to do the correct thing in future" following criticism over his role in earning a penalty against Crystal Palace, according to Hull boss Mike Phelan. (Daily Record)

The Scottish Premiership champions will face an extra qualifying round for the Champions League from the 2018/19 season under a new format approved by Uefa. (The Scotsman)

Rangers defender Rob Kiernan has the attributes to become a long-term hit at the Ibrox club, according to team-mate and Rangers captain Lee Wallace. (The Herald)

The SFA has announced it is to establish an independent review into allegations of child sex abuse within the sport. (The National)

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