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  1. Hearts reject Wigan bid for Paterson
  2. Celtic take 'huge step' to Champions League group stage - Brendan Rodgers
  3. Champions League group stage draw at 17:00 on Thursday

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By Andy Burke and Thomas McGuigan

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That's all from us today. Stay tuned for Sportsound, which gets under way at 18:30 BST.

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What's on Sportsound tonight?

  • Reaction to Celtic's progress to the group stage of the Champions League
  • St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright will be in the studio
  • The lowdown on the new £33m Oriam centre from the director of performance Neil Gibson

Tune in from 18:30 BST on Radio Scotland 810MW 

The Oriam Performance Centre, Edinburgh

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Celtic face up to group stage challenge

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

"Celtic will feel empowered by their return to the group stage of the Champions League.

"It is a source of status and wealth, with qualification alone worth around £30m, but the competitive challenge is also significantly greater.

"Odds are stacked against the teams that qualify through the champions route, since the group stage is populated by clubs that either regularly appear in the Champions League or are well backed financially, or both."

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Analysis: Callum Paterson

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

"There was a time at Tynecastle, in the recent past, when the club would have snapped somebody's hand off its wrist had they offered £600,000-£700,000 for one of their players, as Wigan have done for Callum Paterson.

"Hearts are now in the fantastic fiscal position of being able to decline a bid that can be legitimately described as derisory. Paterson is 21. He's big and athletic and has more than 140 games under his belt for Hearts - and 30 goals. He's a full-back of rich promise who has also just been capped by Scotland. 

"Some clubs in England see their cash-strapped Scottish counterparts as soft touches when it comes to taking their players for a relative pittance. 

"Not this time. Hearts value Paterson a whole lot higher than the money Wigan are proposing and they have sent the Wigan manager, Gary Caldwell, away with a flea in his ear." 

Hearts' Callum Paterson
Hearts value Paterson "a whole lot higher" than Wigan's offer, says Tom English

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@BBCSportsound #bbcsportscot Celtic won't leave the group stages. Big boys will sort them out and send them home. .

Garner nears Rangers debut

Joe Garner has been training with Rangers after joining from Preston North End. The striker could make his debut against Kilmarnock on Friday evening.

Joe Garner

Hearts reject Paterson bid

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Hearts have turned down a second bid from Wigan Athletic for defender Callum Paterson.

The original offer was £600,000 but the Lancashire club increased this by about £100,000.

BBC Scotland understands there is a substantial gap between this offer and what Hearts are prepared to accept.

Paterson was named in Gordon Strachans Scotland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Malta.

Callum Paterson
Paterson has made more than 100 appearances for Hearts

Scotland's Game - I Play for Money

BBC One Scotland - Thursday 25 August at 21:00 BST

Archive footage of the 'Hands Off Hibs' campaign that prevented an attempted takeover of the club by city rivals Hearts.

This clip is taken from part one of Scotland's Game.

Hearts owner Wallace Mercer's attempt to take over Hibernian

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@BBCSportsound @UEFAcom Think Pot groupings need tweaking. CSKA Moscow in Pot1 but 47th in club coefficients. Celtic Pot4 but 1place higher?

Champions League draw

Thursday 17:00

Pot 1

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris St-Germain, CSKA Moscow.

Pot 2

Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Sevilla, FC Porto, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen.

Pot 3

FC Basel, Tottenham Hotspur, Dinamo Kyiv, Olympique Lyon, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Club Brugge.

Pot 4

Celtic, Monaco, Besiktas, Legia Warsaw, Ludogrets.

For Celtic to climb into Pot 3, they need three of the following four clubs to be knocked out: Manchester City, Ajax, FC Salzburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The following ties are being played tonight:

Manchester City (5) v Steaua Bucharest (1)

Rostov (1) v Ajax (1)

Red Bull Salzburg (1) v Dinamo Zagreb (1)

Borussia Moenchengladbach (3) v Young Boys (1)

APOEL (0) v FC Copenhagen (1)

Uefa Champions League

'You haven't made it until you play in the Champions League'

Leigh Griffiths is relishing the opportunity to prove himself in the Champions League group stage after Celtic overcame Hapoel Beer Sheva. 

Though Celtic lost 2-0 in Israel, the Scottish champions won the play-off 5-4 on aggregate. 

Griffiths was twice part of Celtic sides that lost at the play-off stage. 

"For me, personally, you don't really make it as a footballer unless you've played Champions League football," said Griffiths.

Read more from Griffiths and other Celtic players here.

Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths
Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths (right) celebrate Celtic making it to the Champions League group stage

Scotland's Game - I Play for Money

BBC One Scotland - Thursday 25 August at 21:00 BST

Fergus McCann discusses his role in the takeover of Celtic in 1994 - a clip from part one of Scotland's Game.  

Former Celtic chief executive Fergus McCann remembers the dramatic events of 1994

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@BBCSportsound Good for Scotland. Shame the other clubs didn't qualify or our coefficient would start to rise.

'There's a new belief, new mental toughness to Celtic'

Mark Wilson played in some famous Champions League occasions during his time at Celtic.

He told our reporter Phil Goodlad on Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that Celtic qualifying for the Champions League is a great achievement not just for the club but the whole of Scottish football.

"I was watching through my fingers for most of the 90 minutes.  It was very, very nerve-wracking. I thought it was a very poor performance by Celtic but at this stage really who cares?

"A lot of those Celtic players last night were involved in successful failures. Two seasons on the trot crashing out at this stage. I'm pretty sure when they went 2-0 down at the start of the second-half that those thoughts would've crept back inside their heads. But there seems to be a new belief, a new mental toughness inside this Celtic team that managed to get them over the line last night.

"There's a certain value playing in a league where the champions are at the table with the big boys. Even when they play Celtic they will be playing against players who are playing in the Champions League.  You want to beat them.  Also, the other clubs will be earning close to £200,000 each for Celtic's qualification so it makes everybody happy. It's a great achievement not just for Celtic but the whole of Scottish football."

Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson takes on Cristiano Ronaldo in a Champions League match against Manchester United in 2008

Sportsound podcast

Did you miss the reaction to Celtic sealing their passage to the Champions League group stage? You can hear the thoughts of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as well as former Celtic players Scott McDonald and Pat Bonner in the Sportsound podcast.

Listen here.

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What's on the back pages?

  • Craig Gordon pinned the blame on Celtic team-mate Saidy Janko for Hapoel Beer Sheva's second goal that threatened a disastrous Champions League exit  
  • Celtic's progress to the group stage of the Champions League has earned each of their Premiership rivals a bumper bonus of £200,000.
  • Robbie Neilson has hailed striker Tony Watt as "something special", saying the only thing missing from his game is a goal for Hearts 
  • Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis has warned Celtic and Rangers that the Dons can improve on their second place finishes in the last two seasons to win the Premiership

Read our round-up of the latest football gossip here

Zadok The Priest for Celtic instead of another death march

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

"Celtic were in freefall at 2-0. They gave Hapoel easy possession and free headers on goal, they gave them space and time and invitations to shoot. Celtic were out-played and out-muscled. It was as if the humidity had not just impacted on their ability to run and pass, but their ability to think. The only thing that was on fire was their hair. 

"But they did not cave, that was the difference, the change to the narrative. They found enough resilience and resistance, like that boxer on the ropes, ducking and diving and doing all he can to see it out."

Tom English reflects on a night where Celtic rode their luck before sealing qualification to the Champions League. Read his analysis here.

Scott Brown

Rodgers delight at Celtic progress

Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic side took "a huge step" by qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League. 

Despite losing 2-0 to Hapoel Beer Sheva in Israel, the Scottish champions won the play-off 5-4 on aggregate. 

"They're going back in amongst Europe's elite - it's where Celtic belong," said Rodgers. 

"Tonight was really about getting through and all the plaudits go to the players because they got through."

The draw for the group stage takes place on Thursday and Celtic are likely to be in the fourth pot of seeds while Barcelona, holders Real Madrid, Leicester City and Bayern Munich will be among the sides in pot one.  

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will be playing with "Europe's elite"


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