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Summary

  1. Celtic captain Scott Brown fit to face Barcelona on Tuesday
  2. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praise for Luis Suarez
  3. Kilmarnock add 17th signing of season
  4. Neil Lennon wins Championship manager of month award
  5. Hibs striker Jason Cummings is Championship player of month

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Goodbye for now

That's all we have time for on today's live coverage, but we'll have more news on the website later, specifically on that Old Firm spat and Kilmarnock's new signing.

Join us again tomorrow morning for more rolling news as it happens.

Meanwhile, you can listen to the discussion and news updates on Sportsound, which is starting now on BBC Radio Scotland MW.

Listen here.

A busy night on Sportsound

Sportsound will be starting on BBC Radio Scotland at 18:30. 

Derek Ferguson and Keith Jackson join host Kenny McIntyre in the studio, with Tom English contributing from Barcelona.

Peter Grant, Dean Windass and Cammy Bell will also be interviewed.

Cammy Bell
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Bell saved an amazing THREE penalties at the weekend

Rodgers ignores odds on Celtic success

The Brendan Rodgers interview is over. "I'm one of the few Irishmen that doesn't bet, so I wouldn't know anything about the odds," he laughs.

"We're not here to be passengers. If you want to be a top player, you need to put yourself under pressure. We'll be doing all we can against a crack team to get a result."

Our man Tom English is there and we'll have more from him on what Rodgers had to say later.

Tyson signs up for Kilmarnock

Veteran striker Nathan Tyson has joined Kilmarnock until the end of the season, becoming manager Lee Clark's 17th signing since the end of last season.

The 34-year-old counts Blackpool, Derby County and Nottingham Forrest among his former clubs and was released this summer after two years with Doncaster Rovers.

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Suarez is 'a beautiful man'

More from Brendan Rodgers...

Referring to Barca's surprise loss at the weekend, a Spanish journalist asks the Celtic boss: "Will you end up paying for the broken plates?"  

BR: "Barca's defeat last weekend can be seen as a positive (for Celtic) but sometimes you waken up a team when there is a result like that. It can be a positive for us but it can work the other way."

On Luis Suarez, who Rodgers worked with at Liverpool.

BR: "Suarez is the best striker in the world, there's no question about that. He is one of the most beautiful men you can come across. Super professional family man, gives everything for his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for two years. As a footballer, the best in the world."

BR: "I have had contact with Luis. We message each other and wish each other good luck. To stop him? It's very, very difficult. World class players always find space. You can park two double decker buses in front of goal and they always find space."

BR: "I fell in love with Spanish football many years ago, in particular Barcelona."

Watch here.

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Suarez is a player Rodgers knows very well

'We need a plan to help get a positive result'

Now it's the turn of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, talking about the challenge of facing Barcelona.

"This is arguably the best team in the world, with maybe the best front three of all time."

Watch the rest of his interview here.

Celtic response to Rangers' statement

Celtic have said they would not get involved in a "tit for tat spat" over claims by Rangers that their fans were subjected to sectarian abuse during Saturday's Old Firm derby.

And they thanked "the overwhelming majority of our supporters for the positive backing they gave to the team".

Rangers claim sectarian abuse

Rangers have claimed that their fans were subjected to sectarian abuse during Saturday's Scottish Premiership game against city rivals Celtic. 

Police Scotland had said after the game that the vast majority of fans behaved responsibility. 

But Rangers fans group - Club 1872 - issued a statement asking the club to ban Celtic supporters from Ibrox over banners displayed reading "kill all Huns" and "know your place Hun scum". 

And the football club said in a statement: "The club's directors are fully aware of the disgust felt by Rangers supporters who were subjected to a sickening and shameful display of outright sectarian hatred towards them. 

"We also share the fans' anger and will be contacting Club 1872 as a matter of urgency.”

Saturday was the first league meeting between the two Glasgow sides for four years, with Rangers having won promotion and the Championship title last season. 

Extensive damage was caused in a toilet block in an area of Celtic Park housing away fans.

Celtic fans unfurl a banner during Saturday's Old Firm derby
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Rogic in confident mood

Celtic's Tom Rogic is talking to the media in Barcelona.

You can watch the Australian midfielder here.

Tom Rogic: We're in a good place. Feel like we're ready to come here. Barca one of the best sides in the world but we're full of confidence

Celtic in Barcelona

We aim to stream Celtic's media conference ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie with Barcelona in the next few minutes...

Keep an eye on this link.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Play the Predictor

Did you have a go at the Predictor over the weekend? 

BBC Scotland pundit Steven Thompson got four out of six Scottish Premiership outcomes right, with one correct score. That will net him a respectable 70 points.

Even if you missed out, it's not too late to sign up. Imagine how good it would be to overhaul your friends at the end of the season after giving them a head start?

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Reality check for Rangers

Rob Maclean

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"Those who reckon Rangers can compete for anything other than runners-up spot are deluding themselves."

Rob has been taking his regular look back at the weekend, reflecting on a one-sided Old Firm derby, Hearts' promising start, the importance of Jonny Hayes to Aberdeen and the influence of St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean.

Read the article here.

Rangers lost 5-1 at Celtic Park
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Played 12 Won 2 Drawn 3 Lost 7

Celtic's European record against Barcelona

Celtic's record against Barcelona in European competition is hardly one to write home about, but then I doubt many sides can say they have lorded it over the Catalan giants.

At least the Scottish champions have come away from the Nou Camp with a point before (1-1, under Martin O'Neill, in November 2004) and famously can point to a Champions League group stage victory over Barca (2-1, under Neil Lennon, in November 2012).

Remember all the other games?  Allow BBC Scotland's Keir Murray to enlighten you:

Tony Watt celebrates scoring Celtic's winner against Barcelona in 2012
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Tony Watt, now with Hearts, celebrates scoring Celtic's winner against Barcelona in 2012

Hibs duo pick up monthly awards

We told you earlier that Neil Lennon and Jason Cummings were the Championship manager and player of the month winners. Here are the Hibernian duo showing off their prizes...

Ayr United visit Easter Road on Saturday, with the hosts aiming for a sixth successive league victory.

Jason Cummings and Neil Lennon
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Celtic are 'complicated rival' for Barca

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been singing the praises of opposite number Brendan Rodgers ahead of tomorrow's Champions League group opener.

When asked about the Celtic boss, he replied: "I like him as a coach. I like his ideas. He is a lover of good football and I like coaches who prefer to attack, to take the burden of the initiative.

"I'm worried about some of their players - Dembele, Sinclair, Roberts - they can give us some problems."

The teams met in an International Champions Cup game in July, with Barcelona 3-1 winners in Dublin.

Describing Celtic as "a complicated rival", Enrique said that this fixture will be "very different in terms of intensity".

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Enrique does not look like a man under pressure after a surprise loss at the weekend

Celtic need 'perfect' game to match Barca

More from Celtic assistant boss Chris Davies, looking ahead to Tuesday's opening Champions League group match against Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

"We all know the level of their players," said Davies, who was also assistant to Brendan Rodgers during his time as Liverpool manager. "Luis Suarez was obviously with us at Liverpool and they are top, top players.  

"You have to have your game plan and execute it perfectly if you are going to win any points at all. It is really about trying to control the space they have to attack as much as anything. And when we have got the ball, trying to create.

"As soon as the Rangers game was over on Saturday, we were straight on to watching Barcelona's game against Alaves, thinking about this game tomorrow and finalising our preparations.

"We will see what that means system-wise, but we are obviously going to have to be perfect on the night to get the points."

Luis Suarez embraces Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers in the sides' pre-season meeting in Dublin
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Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers were reunited for a pre-season game in Dublin

Neil Lennon - Championship manager of the month

Hibernian have scooped the monthly awards from Scottish Championship sponsors Ladbrokes with Neil Lennon taking the manager of the month award for August, and striker Jason Cummings winning the player of the month gong.

The Edinburgh side won all four league matches last month, with Cummings scoring six goals in those four games. 

The 21-year-old's seventh of the season, a penalty against Dumbarton on Saturday, was enough to give the Championship leaders their fifth straight league win.

That makes them the first Hibs side in 70 years to win their opening five league matches. 

"You're kidding me," was Lennon's reaction when informed of the little piece of history his side had made. "I'm very pleased with that. It's an achievement as it's always difficult to win five games in a row at any time."

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Lennon's side lead the Championship by two points after winning their first five games

Celtic 'take a lot of confidence' to Nou Camp

Assistant manager Chris Davies spoke to BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin at Glasgow Airport before the Celtic team boarded their flight to Barcelona.

He seems pretty upbeat about their prospects.  Do you agree with him? 

"If you lose at home, it is not nice, and it does add a bit of pressure to the next game," Davies said, referring to Barcelona's 2-1 home defeat by Alaves on Saturday.  "That is just a reality, and they will admit that themselves.

"We can take a lot of confidence into this game.  We had a pre-season game against them (Celtic lost 3-1) which was probably good for us, to give them a feel for being around their players.

"And we are in great form. I have no doubt Barcelona will respect the level we are going to bring. We do take confidence into the game and hopefully we can grow into it and win some points.

"The level of our play, the goals we are scoring, how creative and organised we are looking, we are confident we can go anywhere and get points.  That is what we are taking into the game."  

'Best strikers in the world'

Barcelona's famous attacking trident are expected to start together for the first time this season when Celtic visit the Nou Camp tomorrow. That's Messi, Suarez and Neymar in case you are wondering...

"They are the best strikers in the world and that reassures you," says flying left-back Jordi Alba at the pre-match media conference.

"For us, it's the same as every year, we aspire to win the three titles [La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Ray]. We are fully motivated and we'll see what we can do. 

"We will need three points against Celtic. A good start is important. We need to have the ball and we need to be aggressive in recovering the ball."

Suarez, Messi, Neymar in training
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Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar at training this morning

Barcelona look to bounce back

Following this weekend's shock loss to Alaves at the Nou Camp, we had a look to see when Barcelona last lost two in a row at home and it looks like April 2003 when current manager Luis Enrique was involved in a 4-2 league defeat to Deportivo La Coruna followed by extra-time heartache to Juventus in the Champions League.

Celtic open their Champions League group campaign in Catalonia tomorrow evening.

Alaves won 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Saturday
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Barca made seven changes to their starting line-up on Saturday

'Hat-trick' keeper Bell 'can't stop smiling'

Dundee United keeper Cammy Bell has been reflecting on his remarkable feat of saving three penalties in the same half on Saturday against Dunfermline.

"It's very special and probably will never happen again," he said. "The rest of the lads were great with me and they were all buzzing afterwards.  They were telling me it was unbelievable and they'll never see anything like that again and I probably agree. 

"It's obviously up there as a highlight of my career. There was the League Cup win with Kilmarnock (in 2012) when I had a great game that day (beating Celtic 1-0 in the final) but saving there penalties in a match is unbelievable. 

"I even have the match ball for getting a hat-trick! It is a different hat-trick to what everyone is used to but it's still a hat-trick.  I can't stop smiling to be honest.

"When I saved the third one i was just laughing to myself and a few of the lads even came over to give me a few kisses! That was nice of them and this achievement is something that will always stay with me."

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Bell was the toast of his United team-mates after his remarkable hat-trick of saves

Bell's 'goalie hat-trick' equals record

One of the more remarkable stories of this, or any other, weekend in Scottish football was the goalkeeping heroics of Dundee United goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

The former Kilmarnock and Rangers keeper, who moved to Tannadice this summer, equalled a piece of football history when he saved THREE penalties in United's 3-1 win at Dunfermline, and all in the first half.

He kept out spot-kicks from Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark and Paul McMullan (below) to join a select band of keepers in British football to have saved three penalties in the same game. 

Grimsby's Walter Scott, against Burnley in 1909, Manchester United's Gary Bailey - who still conceded six goals in the same game - against Ipswich in 1980, and Huddersfield's Matt Glennon, against Crewe in 2007, have previously achieved the feat.  

A keeper in Belgium, Mechelen's Jean-Francois Gillet, appears to be the most recent anywhere to have saved three in the same game, against Anderlecht in October 2015.

But as far as anyone's aware (and we're still waiting on a response from the Guinness World Records folk), Bell may well be the first keeper to have saved three penalties IN THE SAME HALF.

Cammy Bell saves a penalty from Dunfermline's Paul McMullan
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Bell's third penalty save, from Dunfermline's Paul McMullan, put him in the record books

What's on the back pages?

The papers are unsurprisingly still full of the fall-out from Saturday's Old Firm game, and looking ahead to Celtic's game in Barcelona tomorrow night.

  • Scott Sinclair insists on-fire Celtic have nothing to lose against Barcelona and must believe they can stun the Spanish superstars.
  • Lee Wallace insists Rangers must never again experience emotional pain as intense as that felt after their Old Firm mauling. 
  • Luis Suarez admits Barcelona are wary of Champions League rivals Celtic after their Old Firm romp.
  • Andres Iniesta has vowed the real Barcelona will turn up against Celtic and warned the Scottish champions not to be fooled by their shock defeat to Alaves.

Catch up with all the Scottish Gossip here:

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Scott Sinclair says Celtic go to the Nou Camp with "nothing to lose" after thrashing Rangers

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Rangers fans - miserable Monday morning? Did Mark Warburton get his team selection and tactics wrong? Can you continue with Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton in midfield?

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'Fantastic' Brown boosts Celtic

Celtic, as you can imagine, were happy to report Brown's presence at Glasgow Airport this morning as they prepared to head to Barcelona.  

Chris Davies, assistant to manager Brendan Rodgers, said: "Brown is in the squad and it’s a boost because at the weekend he was fantastic. He’s been fantastic since we got here and we’re going to need him."

✈️🇪🇸 The Celts skipper is here. 🙌🏽 #UCL

✈️🇪🇸 The Celts skipper is here. 🙌🏽 #UCL

Brown 'fit and ready' to face Barcelona

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of all matters Scottish football-wise. 

No time to waste - some breaking news to hearten Celtic fans, who are no doubt already feeling pretty happy with life this morning.

Assistant manager Chris Davies says captain Scott Brown is fit and ready to face Barcelona in their Champions League opener in the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

The midfielder was forced off after 74 minutes of the Scottish champions' 5-1 rout of Rangers on Saturday, but joined the squad on their flight to Spain this morning.

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Brown was forced to come off against Rangers, but travelled to Barcelona