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Summary

  1. Hearts to contest Jamie Walker's two-match ban
  2. Dundee United host Partick Thistle
  3. Rangers boss concerned by widening financial gulf between Scottish and English clubs
  4. Hearts sign Polish defender Krystian Nowak

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Rogic signs new Celtic deal

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has signed a new three-year contract, committing to the club until 2019.

The Australian international, who joined the club in 2013, said manager Brendan Rodgers was a big factor in his re-signing.

"He has played a big role in me deciding to stay here and you can tell he's a top-class manager," said Rogic.

"I still feel I have a lot to give and I know that, under him, I can develop and contribute to the team's success."  

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Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic
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Rogic signs new Celtic deal

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has signed a new three-year contract, committing to Parkhead until 2019. The Australian international, who joined the club in 2013, said manager Brendan Rodgers was a big factor in his re-signing. "He has played a big role in me deciding to stay here, and you can tell he's a top-class manager," said Rogic. "I still feel I have a lot to give and I know that, under him, I can develop and contribute to the team's success." The 23-year-old has scored 10 goals in 57 appearances for the Hoops. 

Tom Rogic
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Rogic has committed to Celtic until 2019

Hearts to contest Walker ban

Hearts are to contest the two-match ban for simulation offered by the SFA compliance officer to winger Jamie Walker.

It follows an incident in Hearts' loss to Celtic on Sunday, when Walker earned and scored a penalty after a challenge by defender Keiran Tierney.

Celtic captain Scott Brown branded Walker a "cheat" after the Tynecastle clash, while Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers said referee John Beaton had admitted he'd wrongly awarded the spot kick.

A judicial panel will hear the case on Thursday, with the winger now available to play in tomorrow's League Cup tie at St Johnstone.

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Walker has been charged with simulation

Well aim to keep in-demand Johnson

Mark McGhee is unsure whether Motherwell will be able to keep winger Marvin Johnson at Fir Park.

Oxford say they will not pursue the 25-year-old further after a £300,000 bid was rejected last week.

But McGhee is sure others will be watching Johnson, who has been linked with a move to Brighton after scoring four goals in five games this season.

"He's a brilliant player and I wouldn't be surprised if somebody like Brighton fancied him," said McGhee.

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Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson has been in sparkling form
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Johnson has netted four goals in five games this season

Price drop at Stark's Park

Raith Rovers have slashed ticket prices for the new season.

The most expensive ticket to see the Kirkcaldy side is now £15, with under-16s accompanied by an adult paying just £5.

Chief executive Eric Drysdale said: "These fantastic reductions will remain in place for the full league season and the board hopes this initiative will result in materially increased attendances that will allow us to maintain discounted prices going forward.

"We have listened to fans' concerns about the affordability of live football, especially for those with young families, and we have decided to cut prices as low as we possibly can. I really hope the local community responds in big numbers."

Raith Rovers squad
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Rangers boss Mark Warbuton believes Scottish football needs to do something to combat the spending power of English clubs.

  • Paul Pogba has sealed his world-record £89m switch to Manchester United
  • Man City sign Everton defender John Stones for £47.5m 

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Paul Pogba has completed his world-record move to Manchester United
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Pogba, who left United for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012, has rejoined the club for £89m

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Financial gulf widening - Rangers boss

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes Scottish football should think about ways to "counter" the formidable spending power of English clubs.

Warburton aims to sign a striker and defender before the transfer window closes but admits the financial gulf will only get wider.

"I keep being asked if the bubble is about to burst, I don't think it's even started yet," Warburton said.

"I think we are at the start of a cycle whereby prices are going to continue to ratchet higher in a really significant manner. 

"So we have to find a way of countering it, because there is money being spent down south that Scottish clubs can only dream of. Instead of moaning about it, we have got to find a solution."

Rangers boss Mark Warburton
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"There is money being spent down south that Scottish clubs can only dream of"

Partick Thistle plot cup run

Alan Archibald admits Partick Thistle have struggled in cup competitions in recent seasons and is keen to arrest their poor run.

Thistle, whose last cup win was 45 years ago, against Celtic in the League Cup in 1971, play Dundee United away in the same competition on Tuesday.

"We've not had a good cup run since we got to the Challenge Cup final in 2013," Archibald told BBC Scotland.

"We had good numbers turn out and saw what it meant to the fans that day."

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Partick Thistle boss Alan Archbald
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Archibald is aware of the importance of a decent cup run

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Hearts 'disappointed' by cheat claim

Robbie Neilson has expressed disappointment over Celtic captain Scott Brown's claim that Jamie Walker is a "cheat".

Brown made the claim after Walker won a penalty in Hearts' 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle.

"It's disappointing," said Neilson. "I don't think you should be saying that about fellow professionals. If you've got an opinion on anything you are better just keeping it to yourselves.

"What happens on the football park happens on the football park."

Neilson insisted he had no issue with the Celtic captain and that it was time to "move on".

Hearts' Jamie Walker earns a penalty in the defeat by Celtic
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Jamie Walker earned a penalty in the defeat by Celtic at Tynecastle

Hearts bolster defensive options

Hearts have confirmed the signing of Polish defender Krystian Nowak on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old will be included in the squad for the Betfred Cup tie at St Johnstone on Wednesday, subject to international clearance.

He arrives from Polish top-tier side Pdobeskidzie Bielsko-Biala under freedom of contract.

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Hearts boss Robbie Neilson
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Robbie Neilson will add his new signing to the squad to face St Johnstone on Wednesday

Busy night of League Cup action

Dundee United host Partick Thistle tonight in one of five Scottish League Cup ties.

It's the knockout phase of the revamped competition.

  • Alloa v Inverness CT
  • Dundee United v Partick Thistle
  • Hamilton v Morton 
  • Hibernian v Queen of the South
  • Rangers v Peterhead 

BBC Radio Scotland will provide coverage of the games on Sportsound, with live text updates on the BBC Sport website.  

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Dundee United against Partick Thistle
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United host Partick Thistle at Tannadice