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  1. Rangers boss Mark Warburton criticises 'negative aspects of Scottish media'
  2. Warburton: 'I'd rather have a positive outlook on football'
  3. Hearts striker Tony Watt has yellow card for simulation rescinded
  4. St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay forced to retire
  5. Final episode of Scotland's Game broadcast tonight

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK


That's all from us today. We're back tomorrow from 9am as we build up to the weekend's action.   

Hope you can join us then, cheers.

Tait targets derby victory with Steelmen

Richard Tait hopes his first taste of the rivalry that surrounds the Lanarkshire derby ends in success at Fir Park.

The Motherwell defender has been an ever-present in the league this season since joining from Grimsby in the summer.

"Obviously every derby has its own little thing about it. I wouldn't say it was hatred towards clubs but for fans it is," said Tait.

"But for us it's mainly to get the three points and if you can do that and make the fans happy, giving them one up on the opposition fans, then that’s a nice thing to do.

"I've not really spoken to many people about it but you know within yourself how important it is to people; so we'll go into the game with a good buzz and look forward to playing against them."

'Well have five points from their five games in the Scottish Premiership - three of which came in their first game of the campaign against Kilmarnock.

A defeat by Rangers was followed by draws against Dundee and Ross County.

"We got the win on the first day of the season and started off so well, but we've not picked up a win since then so that's what we'll be looking to do on Saturday," he added.

Motherwell defender Richard Tait
Tait is looking forward to his first Lanarkshire derby

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Not sure I get where Mark Warburton is coming from. Not enough positivity about Rangers? After a 1-1 with Killie and a 5-1 loss to Celtic?

Football managers say media too negative. Media say managers over sensitive. I think the truth usually lies somewhere in between.

Addison targets Kilmarnock return

John Barnes

BBC Scotland

Miles Addison has targeted Kilmarnock's visit to Celtic Park later this month for his comeback from injury.

The Killie defender has been sidelined since aggravating an ankle injury against Ross County on 20 August.

"I'm hoping to be involved in the Celtic game," said Addison.

"It was frustrating to miss the Rangers game because that was one of the reasons I came up to Scotland, to test myself against top teams."

The 27-year-old Englishman had played through the pain barrier after initially suffering the injury against Clyde in a League Cup tie in July. 

However, he said: "It was a bit stupid of me, but I have missed so much football in my past career that if I can play with one leg, if I think I can help my team, then I'm going to do it.

"If the manager asks me to play, I'm going to play and give 100 percent."

Kilmarnock defender Miles Addison

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@BBCSportsound @BBCSport If he thinks it's bad now, what'll he be like if Aberdeen & Hearts beat them in the coming weeks?

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Lanarkshire derby 'hugely important'

Mark McGhee says the Lanarkshire derby is as important to Motherwell and Hamilton Academical as Man Utd-Man City is to Lancashire.

"They are great games," the Motherwell manager said of Saturday's forthcoming meeting. "It might not be Man Utd-Man City, but it's our local derby and it's hugely important to our supporters. 

"It's a massive game for us, also a game that is against a team who I would presume and expect to be at the same level as us. 

"We are going to be competing with Hamilton and teams like that who have ambitions to get into the top six and it's an opportunity for us to get a measure of how that is likely to pan out. 

"If we can get one over them here, it puts us in a good frame of mind for the rest of the season." 

Captain Keith Lasley has shaken off a dead leg, but left-back Joe Chalmers is a doubt with a groin strain and midfielder Carl McHugh misses out again with concussion.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee

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Warburton - 'we're professionals'

Rangers boss Mark Warburton added: "Before Saturday I heard TalkSPORT say, 'Good start to the season. Unbeaten. Things are shaping up well'. But the Scottish version is, 'Just drawn with Kilmarnock - disaster'. 

"It's two completely different perspectives on the game."

Reflecting on the Old Firm derby defeat, Warburton went on: "People keep asking me if I'm okay? Of course we're okay. We are professionals. The result hurt so many people, none more so than us, but we have to get on with it."

Rangers boss Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton: "We have to get on with it..."

Things Lucas up at Fir Park

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is hopeful of an upturn in results after adding 24-year-old former Swansea City midfielder Lee Lucas to his squad.

McGhee had also signed forwards Ryan Bowman and Luka Belic on transfer deadline-day after the sale of Marvin Johnson.

But Well, for whom Louis Moult made a scoring return from injury at the weekend, have only taken two points form their last four Scottish Premiership games.

"I'm not encouraged yet," admitted McGhee. "I'm optimistic now that we should improve with Louis back and Ryan Bowman in, and now Lee settled in, and Belic in. 

"I would hope to see some improvement both in how we have been playing, consistency and, of course, in results."

Motherwell's Lee Lucas talks to the media
Lee Lucas has signed for Motherwell until January

Watt reputation for diving?

News of Tony Watt winning his appeal against Saturday's yellow card will delight head coach Robbie Neilson, who had earlier rejected the suggestion that his Hearts side are gaining a reputation for diving. 

The striker's booking came in a match against Hamilton Academical during which midfielder Sam Nicholson was criticised by some for appearing to go down softly while winning a second-half penalty.

Forward Jamie Walker also received a two-match suspension for taking a tumble during their opening-day defeat by Celtic.

But Neilson insisted that it all boils down to Hearts' attack-minded style.

"We're a team, especially at Tynecastle, who dominates possession and have more shots and more penalty-box entries than anyone else in the Premiership," he said. 

"So we are going to get in situations where we're one v one with players and opposition players are going to make mistakes with their tackles, so there will be penalties in the games we play. 

"We just hope the referees aren't looking back and seeing instances in the past."

Tony Watt is shown a yellow card by referee Craig Thomson
Tony Watt has had his yellow card against Hamilton rescinded

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Watt yellow? Card rescinded

Hearts striker Tony Watt has had the yellow card shown to him for simulation on Saturday against Hamilton Academical rescinded on appeal. 

Hearts appealed against the booking by referee Craig Thomson and it was upheld by the Scottish Football Association' disciplinary tribunal this morning.

Ahead of the news, head coach Robbie Neilson said: "Tony has gone down in the box and there was contact. 

"Martin Canning, the Hamilton manager, has viewed it himself and said it was a stonewall penalty."

Hamilton's Darren Lyon tackles Hearts' Tony Watt
Tony Watt (right) had been booked for simulation against Hamilton

Warburton unhappy with Rangers critics

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has hit out at some of the analysis following his side's Old Firm derby defeat.

Warburton is unhappy with some of the criticism in the wake of the 5-1 loss at Celtic Park.

"I felt some of the comments were inappropriate. The whole media aspect up here is so negative. I'm an Englishman working in Scotland and I find it depressing that some of the comments, some of the programmes on TV, are so negative.

"One of the comments that irritated was: 'Go to your friends on TalkSPORT for a positive outlook'.

"Well I'd rather have a positive outlook. I'm not going to say you enjoy losing but I'd rather have a positive outlook on football than a negative one.

"Too many aspects of the Scottish media are negative and it would be good for everybody in the game if there was a little bit positivity when the situation arises.

"I'm told it's part of the culture. I can't understand it."

Rangers boss Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton: "Too many aspects of the Scottish media are negative."

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SWNT | Craig Brown gives his thoughts on the Scotland women's team as they near qualification for the first time!

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On this day, back in 1992, @HibsOfficial drew 2-2 with Anderlecht in the 1st leg of their UEFA Cup First Round tie.

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.@St_Johnstone_FC 's Chris Millar on Mackay retirement "Dave has been an amazing player and an amazing servant to the club. It is gutting."

Euro hangover?

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Earlier this week, Celtic suffered their heaviest ever defeat in European competition, going down 7-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League.

It is not the only time a Scottish club have suffered a tough loss in Europe.

Here are five other results that Scottish clubs are less than proud of.

Supporters of Celtic, Rangers, Falkirk and Hibernian look away now. In fact, be brave, and read more here

Hibs reflect on a heavy defeat by Malmo

Celtic 'can finish third'

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink believes Celtic can still finish third in their Champions League qualifying group, despite losing 7-0 to Barcelona in their opening tie.

The Dutchman is adamant that the Spanish side and Manchester City will compete for the top two spots and that Celtic can do the same with Borussia Monchengladbach for third place. 

Having watched the German side in action, though, Vennegoor of Hesselink has warned that Celtic face a difficult task.

Scotland head coach 'outstanding' - Brown

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has praised the progress made by the women's national side under Anna Signeul.

The Scots could have their qualification for the Euro 2017 finals confirmed today. Should Belgium lose away to Serbia in Group 7 this afternoon, the Scots would be assured of reaching the tournament even if they finish runners-up in their own section.

"I have the highest regard for Anna," Brown told the SFA website. "I think she's outstanding. I haven't dealt with her coaching, but I've seen her team playing and the only bad performance that they've had in recent times, or unfortunate one, has been at Falkirk when they lost to Iceland. 

"But, that apart, Anna has been outstanding, I think. She came to Aberdeen to give a presentation at an awards night for Aberdeen Ladies. 

"Her comments and encouragement were fantastic. I have the highest regard for her and I'm delighted for the ladies team. Women's football throughout the world is one of the fastest growing sports, if not the fastest. 

"So we've got to keep pace and I think, with the leadership we've got here, we will keep pace. There are some terrific players in the ladies team and I wish them well and great success." 

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown
Craig Brown guided Scotland to the 1998 World Cup in France

Rangers some way to go - Numan

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Former Rangers defender Arthur Numan believes it will take "two to three" years for the club to be in a position to challenge Celtic for the title. 

He says the next few weeks, with Rangers away to Aberdeen and Hearts in the next four games, is a "crucial" period for the manager, Mark Warburton.

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Anna Signeul's Scotland Women side could have their qualification for the Euro 2017 finals confirmed today. 

If Belgium lose away to Serbia in Group 7 this afternoon, the Scots would be assured of reaching the tournament even if they finish runners-up in their own section. Even then, there's a possibility of their place in the Netherlands being assured should other results go their way on Friday.

Scotland's Game tonight examines, on BBC One Scotland at 21:00, the fact that our women are closer to reaching a major finals than their male counterparts. What are the women doing right that the men are doing wrong?

Give us your thoughts by texting 80295, tweeting @BBCSportScot or commenting on the BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page.

Anna Signeul consoles her players after a defeat by Iceland
Scotland can still qualify despite their recent home defeat by Iceland

Lucas looking for fortune change

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has taken a gamble on Lee Lucas - and, in turn, given the Welshman a second chance.

The midfielder, who spent 15 years with Swansea City until this summer, has only played five senior games despite having reached the age of 24.

And Lucas' nightmare series of injuries continued when he was forced off after only 34 minutes of his Well debut against Annan Athletic in July.

Having been released from his short-term contract with the Scottish Premiership club shortly before the closure of the summer transfer window, Lucas has now been handed another contract until January.

There is even the chance of a longer-term deal should he live up to the promise McGhee has seen on trial - and that injury jinx doesn't return to haunt the midfielder. 

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Lee Lucas lies injured during his Motherwell debut against Annan Athletic
Lee Lucas was injured in his Motherwell debut against Annan Athletic

Aguero fires extra warning to Celtic

The task facing Celtic in qualifying from their Champions League "group of death" appears even more daunting after Manchester City's 4-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach last night.

In Pep Guardiola's first Group C game in charge, delayed after being hit by torrential Manchester rain on Tuesday, Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho put the icing on the cake of an impressive performance.

It leaves Celtic bottom of the table following their 7-0 hammering by Barcelona in Spain.

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Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Borussia Monchengladbach
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Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach

Saints skipper Mackay retires

Sad news for St Johnstone fans with a recurring hip injury having forced captain Dave Mackay to retire as a player.

The 36-year-old has had two operations since picking up the injury shortly after lifting the Scottish Cup with the Perth club in 2014.

Mackay told his club website: “I've been aware of this issue for the past couple of years and, although the first operation brought about a level of improvement that enabled me to get back playing and feeling fine, there was a gradual deterioration again over a period of time to the extent that I was unable to train.

“A second operation followed which again helped but not to the extent that I feel that I can get back to the fitness levels needed for full-time football.

“The decision hasn't been an easy one, but I've had to take into consideration that I don't want to do irreversible damage that affects me away from football."

Mackay will continue at the club as a coach with St Johnstone Under-20s and is in discussion about "other roles he can play at McDiarmid Park".

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay
Dave Mackay last played last season, making 20 appearances