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Summary

  1. Build-up to England v Scotland
  2. Barton named player of the month
  3. Wembley clash is 'going to be closer than people think' - Paul Lambert
  4. Rangers' Barton signed off with stress

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By Clive Lindsay

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Personally, I was torn between two formations. One, 4-4-2 at home and a diamond away from home.

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Paul Lambert expects Scotland to rise to the occasion in Friday's World Cup qualifier with England at Wembley.

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Rodgers' Celtic impress Van Hooijdonk

Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk spoke to our reporter Kenny Crawford at the draw for the 2017 Women's European Championship in Rotterdam.

The former Netherlands international says, if the Scottish champions can secure third place in their Champions League group, that would be a satisfactory outcome.

“Third place I think would be a big achievement," Van Hooijdonk said.

"When the draw was made and you see yourself in the same group as Manchester City and Barcelona then you know it’s going to be an unbelievable task to qualify. That is not a problem, in my opinion, if that (qualifying from the group) doesn’t happen. But it would be great if Celtic could continue in Europe."

Van Hooijonk has been impressed with the start Brendan Rodgers has made to life as Celtic manager.

“I think he’s started really well," he said. "The way the team is playing, they are scoring a lot of goals, so it all looks good. 

"The game against Manchester City is still in the memory of many of us around the world. Everybody has seen the highlights or the live coverage of that game. 

"To see Celtic performing well against a team with so much quality and so much money was a fantastic job."

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Our Scotland squad selector doesn't appear to be producing much unanimity. 

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Zach Smith is urging Gordon Strachan to rethink his defence, with Christophe Berra, Charlie Mulgrew and Stephen Kingsley all starting.
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Nicky Lawrie is another who wants to see Christophe Berra at the heart of Scotland's defence. Oliver Burke, Scott Brown, Callum Paterson and Leigh Griffiths are also proving popular picks.

How will sport feel the Trump effect?

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A US Olympic bid, future football World Cup, alleged Fifa corruption and the expansion of US sports could all face challenges under Donald Trump, writes BBC Sport's Richard Conway.

Of course, here in Scotland, the new US President owns two high-profile golf courses and has already had his brushes with the Scottish Government.

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How will sport feel the Trump effect?

A US Olympic bid, future World Cup, alleged Fifa corruption and expansion of US sports could all face challenges under Donald Trump, writes Richard Conway.

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Pick the best combined XI to have played for England and Scotland in the last 30 years

Rooney? McAllister? Gascoigne? Dalglish? Tough choices but pick your best combined England-Scotland XI of the past 30 years.

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'England on a wobble' - Brown

Former manager Craig Brown has urged Scotland to be confident of taking advantage of an English "wobble" at Wembley. 

Brown led Scotland to victory over a side including the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer on their last competitive game at the old Wembley Stadium in 1999. 

And he thinks the Scots can do likewise on Friday against a side with an interim manager, Gareth Southgate, in charge after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

"They have got to be brave and confident and not go down there with any feeling of inferiority, because England are on a wobble at the moment," he said of an England side who drew their last World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.

"They struggled in the last game they played and even the game they had with Big Sam, they weren't convincing at all. 

"So I think England are in a transitional period and they are not stable.

"I think it gives Scotland a great opportunity because we always rise to the occasion when we go to Wembley and I'm sure we will do that this time."

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Brown (right) led his team to victory at Wembley but lost out on aggregate to England
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Partick Thistle midfielder Adam Barton is Premiership player of the month after an unbeaten October for his club.

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Lambert on Scotland's record

"The whole country" needs Scotland to qualify for a major tournament again, says former Scotland midfielder Paul Lambert. 

The Scots last featured in a major finals at the World Cup in France in 1998 and Lambert says it's been "far too long".

"There's no way I thought that would've been our last tournament," he added. "We've got a chance going down there [against England at Wembley on Friday] and I guarantee their performance level will raise because of the atmosphere and the game they're playing in." 

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Paul Lambert featured the last time Scotland featured in a major finals - France 98

Buchanan plea to Livi boss

Liam Buchanan believes David Hopkin has played a big part in his strong start to the season - but wishes the Livingston boss would stop substituting him when he's on a hat-trick.

The 31-year-old striker has been named League One player of the month after scoring five goals in five games during October.

Buchanan, who joined Livi from Alloa Athletic this summer, has hit four doubles this season on his way to a total of 15 goals, but he has failed to complete three of those games.

"It's been great," he said of working under David Hopkin, who has also been named manager of the month. "And, if he stops taking me off when I'm on two goals, it'll be even better.

"He's one of the few managers that want to coach you as well, so you're always learning under him.

"You're never too old to be learning and I think this year he's turned me into a better player so I can only keep going."

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Liam Buchanan was named player of the month in League Two by Ladbrokes

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But it looks like Charlie Mulgrew has been brought in as cover in central defence rather than left-back, where Lee Wallace is favourite to deputise in the absence of Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. 

Russell Martin and Mulgrew in the middle?

Remember Mulgrew can also play a holding role in midfield. Re-united with former Celtic team-mate Scott Brown?

Strachan has 'a difficult job' - Lambert

Responding to suggestions from Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam that Gordon Strachan isn't picking the best players available for Scotland, Lambert said: "It's really difficult for any manager to pick a squad and try to keep everybody happy.

"It's well-nigh impossible. People have got to respect Gordon's decision and he's picked who he thinks is the best squad.

"Charlie's playing well with Stoke at the minute and Gordon's got a difficult job picking a certain amount of guys to come in.

"So, whatever team Gordon picks on that night, you hope the whole country gets behind the team."         

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Charlie Adam (left) is unhappy that he's not in Gordon Strachan's Scotland plans

'Anything can happen' at Wembley

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Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley "is going to be a lot closer than people think," according to former Scotland midfielder Paul Lambert.

"Scotland v England in any sport, you're never quite sure as it's so unpredictable," added the new Wolves head coach ahead of Friday's clash.

"Anything can happen. When the draw was made, everybody was excited and the closer it gets, there's an edge.

"[Interim England manager] Gareth Southgate will know that he can't afford for Scotland to go down there and win."

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Charlie Mulgrew has recovered from injury with Blackburn Rovers

Charlie Mulgrew, who has recovered from injury with Blackburn Rovers, was a late call-up to the Scotland squad for Friday's game at Wembley.

It appears that club-mate Gordon Greer, the veteran defender, picked up a knock in training.

Could Mulgrew, the former Celtic player who can play in both defence and midfield, start against England?

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England increase the pressure on Gordon Strachan as they score three headed goals in World Cup qualifying in a biggest win over Scotland since 1975.

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'Group F will go to the wire'

Many pundits are suggesting that, if Scotland lose to England at Wembley, it will end the chances of Gordon Strachan's side qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

But Scotland's Barry Bannan believes that the Group F placings will not be decided until the final games.

“This group has already thrown up some surprise results," said the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder. 

"It’s going to be a group that goes down to the wire. 

"We’ve got four games next year that will all be at Hampden, which will be a big bonus for us. 

"It’s a massive game, but this group will go to the end.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the last two results we had - we want to do a bit better. 

"This is a massive game against our rivals, so it’s one of the best games to go and show what we can do.”

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Full-time a disadvantage?

Livingston manager David Hopkin has suggested that his side being full-time can be a hindrance rather than an advantage in League One.

Hopkins' side, who now lead the table, were pre-season title favourites along with Airdrieonians in a division dominated by part-time clubs.

"When you're part-time, you get the best players in Scotland," said Hopkins, who has been named the divisions' manager of the month for October. 

"Most have good jobs and part-time suits them.

"But, when you're full-time and one of the smaller clubs, you're getting younger players looking for a chance.

"We have young ones we have to coach each week, who will make mistakes through the season.

"So when you've got good part-time clubs paying similar wages to us at full-time then they can get experienced players in and it's easier to manage."

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Livingston's David Hopkin has received the Ladbrokes award for October

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Livingston at the double

Livingston's climb to the top of Scottish League One has been rewarded by manager David Hopkin and striker Liam Buchanan winning monthly awards.

Hopkin has been named League One manager of the month by sponsor Ladbrokes after leading his side to four wins in five matches during October.

Although they suffered a surprise defeat at home to Albion Rovers, wins over Alloa Athletic and Brechin City, who had both led the division, were important results for the Lothian outfit.

They also defeated Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Irn-Bru Cup. The match had to be replayed because Livi fielded an ineligible player, but Hopkins' side also won the rematch this month.

Buchanan scored five goals during the month and has continued that form into November and has now scored in six consecutive outings, hitting the net eight times.

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Wilshire fired up for Wembley

Scotland could face a rejuvenated Jack Wilshire at Wembley on Friday.

The midfielder has been recalled to the England squad following good form on loan to Bournemouth from Arsenal after his return from injury.

And the 24-year-old said: "I missed the fight of the Premier League, being in big games and making a difference for a team.

"I wanted to feel that again and almost fall back in love with the game."

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Jack Wilshire (left) only played three times for Arsenal last season

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Today's highlights

Things to look forward to today include new Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert talking England v Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Premiership player of the month award winner will be announced.

And we'll keep you up to date with any latest news about Joey Barton's future at Rangers.

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Rangers midfielder Joey Barton's time at Ibrox appears to be ending

Butcher despairs at England

Watching England games is "purgatory" for supporters, former Rangers captain Terry Butcher said last night.

England, who host Scotland at Wembley on Friday, drew 0-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Slovenia last month following laboured wins over Malta and Slovakia.

"We're reaching new lows all the time," said former England captain Butcher. "They play like they've got their headphones on."

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Terry Butcher sweated blood as England captain

Terrors go joint top

Last night's big story in Scottish football was Dundee United's narrow win over 10-man Dunfermline Athletic that lifted Ray McKinnon's side level with Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Pars midfielder Nat Wedderburn was sent off five minutes before the break at Tannadice and the 10 men held out until Simon Murray struck 11 minutes from time.

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What the papers say

Scotland's visit to Wembley to face England on Friday dominates the Scottish newspapers today, but it is Rangers midfielder Joey Barton who is the main face on the back pages. Here's a selection of the main stories.

  • Rangers have sealed a pay-off deal to get rid of Joey Barton after the controversial midfielder got a sick note for stress and agreed a £250,000 pay-off.
  • Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has criticised the decision to bring Scott Brown back into the Scotland squad less than three months after he announced his international retirement.
  • England will crack in Friday's World qualifier if Scotland can grab the lead at Wembley, according to midfielder Robert Snodgrass. 
  • Former St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay or former Aberdeen midfielder Brian Grant will be named Stirling Albion manager within 48 hours.

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Can we Trump that?

We're not sure if we will be able to give you any Scottish football news as extraordinary as Donald Trump's election as US president, but we'll give it a try.

The businessman turned politician has his golf courses over here obviously, but we might struggle to find a football link.

However, we have our own day of reckoning to look forward to, with news likely to be again dominated by Friday's World Cup qualifying showdown between Scotland and England.

Oh, and Rangers still have unfinished business over their own Englishman, Joey Barton.

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