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  1. Midfielder Joey Barton remains suspended following Rangers talks
  2. Rangers boss Mark Warburton 'bemused' by Wigan rumours
  3. Premiership: Celtic seven points clear of Aberdeen

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By Clive Lindsay and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Meantime, if we get any more about Joey Barton's meeting, or anything else develops, there will be a story on the website.

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong celebrates

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BBC Scotland

Brendan Rodgers thinks Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has the qualities to force his way into the Scotland squad.

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  • The latest on Joey Barton 
  • Reviewing last night's Premiership action 
  • A round-up of the rest of the day's news

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Joey Barton arriving at Ibrox for talks on Thursday

Joey Barton remains suspended by Rangers following a meeting with Ibrox officials on Thursday.

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Breaking Barton news

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

Midfielder Joey Barton remains suspended following his meeting today with Rangers.

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Sunderland manager David Moyes is charged with misconduct after being sent off at Southampton on Wednesday.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes says Aberdeen believe they can beat Celtic despite their own midweek defeat and the champions' improving form.

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Barton exits Ibrox

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

Joey Barton has reportedly left Ibrox through front door, with most of media camped at rear entrance. 

No word yet on the outcome of his meeting. 

The English midfielder was facing a disciplinary hearing following his suspension by the Premiership club.

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Armstrong 'can play for Scotland'

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Sport Scotland

Brendan Rodgers believes that Stuart Armstrong is on course for the Scotland squad if the midfielder can continue his rich vein of form.

"He's got the physical qualities for that," the Celtic manager said of the uncapped 24-year-old who scored in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Ross County.

"It's about understanding the game tactically. 

"He's a bright boy, he takes on information well and I think, if he keeps going, keeps improving and he keeps showing the level, I think there's no question he could feature for the national team."

Stuart Armstrong celebrates scoring for Celtic against Ross County
Stuart Armstrong scored for Celtic against Ross County

Get Involved - Joey Barton's Rangers future

Kieran Connolly on Facebook: "Think he was getting the bullet, but with Kranjcar now injured I wouldn't be surprised if he was kept on."

Charles John Macgregor on Facebook: "Two year contract and the best employment lawyer available? My moneys on the scouser."  

Joey Barton arrives at Ibrox

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Scottish Premiership midweek goals round-up

Dons confident for Celtic visit

Despite highlighting Celtic's improving form, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insists that his side's midweek defeat by Hamilton Academical has not dented their belief that they can beat the champions on Saturday.

"Celtic have got good players, they've got good form, I think they're playing with good confidence, there's a better feeling about Celtic at the minute, with togetherness even with their support - they believe in their manager and they believe in their team," he said. 

"So, with all that added, it adds a bit more weight to their strength, but I think we've got that going here with our club and our support and we've got good players here who should take confidence from their form, take confidence from beating Rangers here and take confidence from beating Celtic twice last year. 

"We feel a bit of pride that we've managed to put some sort of fight with them the last couple of years."

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn tussles with Celtic's Patrick Roberts
Aberdeen lost 4-1 to Celtic in August

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Celtic present 'a bigger challenge'

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes it will be even harder for anyone to keep pace with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Holders Celtic could extend their lead at the top to 10 points with a game in hand should they beat the Dons at Pittodrie on Saturday.

"I've said before their improvements this year, which I think is clear, Celtic have to have a poor season by their standards to allow anybody else to get close to them and I feel that is the case even this season," said McInnes.

"Our team and other teams will feel that we've got to try to fight even harder to stay close to them. 

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and Celtic counterpart Brendan Rodgers
Derek McInnes thinks the arrival of Brendan Rodgers has made Celtic stronger

"It is still early on, but certainly at the minute, they do look like a team who aren't going to drop as many points as they have maybe done in previous years. 

"I don't see it as disheartening, but I think it's something that is a bigger challenge for us and we have to take that challenge on rather than accept it."

McInnes thinks that Celtic's improvement can be put down to the summer signings of defender Kolo Toure, winger Scott Sinclair and striker Moussa Dembele, plus the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager.

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Dons duo close to return

With defender Ash Taylor and striker Jayden Stockley on the way to recovery from injury, Aberdeen could be at full strength for Saturday's top-of-the-table meeting with Celtic.

Manager Derek McInnes said: "Ash and Jayden have got an opportunity to be fit for this one. 

"We're hoping that both boys will do some training tomorrow. 

"Both got thigh strains and we've got to be careful with those, but if they get through tomorrow, they will be added to the squad."

Meanwhile, captain Ryan Jack is vying for a start in midfield. He was unused on the bench for the weekend defeat by Hamilton Academical but played 45 minutes for the Dons' second string to improve his match fitness.

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor and Jayden Stockley
Ash Taylor and Jayden Stockley have been sidelined with thigh strains

Dressed for the occasion

Joey Barton arrives at Ibrox for the meeting that may well determine his future at Rangers
Joey Barton has arrived at Ibrox for the meeting that may well determine his future at Rangers

Joey has landed at Ibrox

Dressed in club suit and tie, along with his representative, Joey Barton is at Rangers' HQ for his long-awaited disciplinary meeting following the bust-up with manager Mark Warburton and team-mate Andy Halliday that led to the English midfielder being suspended by the Premiership club.

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When a beard is just a beard

To matters of upmost importance, the Inverness CT manager Richie Foran revealed to BBC Scotland that his ever-growing beard has nothing to do with a football-related superstition.

“It’s just a beard,” he smiled. That clears that up.

Foran’s facial hair is progressing nicely as is his side after a 3-0 win at Motherwell last night. Inverness host Hearts on Saturday looking to maintain their top six position.

“I questioned them a wee bit,” said Foran. “I told them they weren’t showing enough quality on match day which they were showing in training.

"The squad is looking really strong at the moment. We wanted to get the ball down as I felt we were going too long at times.

"All these lads can pass the ball and will take the ball under pressure. It’s all about having the right balance and we had that against Motherwell. It’s all about how the players perform on the day.

"Lots of crosses in the box, that’s what I wanted when I came in and we had that against Motherwell. We need to keep that going.

"The spirit is there, the desire, the hunger but you need to turn on the quality on match day.”

Inverness CT manager Richie Foran
Inverness CT manager Richie Foran - with his fine beard
Highlights: Motherwell 0-3 Inverness CT

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Barton watch

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

All quiet at Ibrox Stadium as we await news of Joey Barton's scheduled meeting with Rangers today. The English midfielder has been absent from the club since being suspended last month. A small media pack has been gathered outside the stadium since before eight o'clock in the hope of an indication over Barton's future here, to no avail as yet.


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Rangers fan injured in bottle attack leads team out

Kraig Mackay

A young Rangers fan who was injured in a bottle attack on his way to Sunday's League Cup match leads his team onto the pitch at Ibrox.

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Bottle attack Rangers fan leads team out

A young Rangers fan who was injured in a bottle attack on his way to Sunday's League Cup match leads his team onto the pitch at Ibrox.

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Frustration for managers

We'll have highlights of last night's 1-1 draw between Rangers and St Johnstone online as soon as possible. Saints manager Tommy Wright felt his team could have taken all three points, while for Mark Warburton, the Rangers boss, there was frustration at his team's inability to win the game and satisfy the fans, some of whom booed the players at full time.

"It's a demanding crowd because they're used to success," said the Englishman of the fans' reaction.

"The players have to recognise it's an expectant crowd - and quite rightly. 

"We have to respect that and learn from that tonight. 

"We know what the crowd wants, they're magnificent. If we can play our game and move the ball quickly we'll create chances but tonight we fell below our standards." 

Some joy at Rugby Park (at last)

Check out these cracking goals by Kilmarnock's Souleymane Coulibaly and Stevie Smith in the 2-0 win over Hearts. Scroll to 1 minute 10 seconds in then to 4 minutes 30 seconds if you don't have time to watch the full highlights. (Please note, these are available to UK users only.)

Highlights: Kilmarnock 2-0 Hearts, Scottish Premiership

Highlights: Ross County 0-4 Celtic

Highlights: Ross County 0-4 Celtic

The Barton saga

Will the saga involving Rangers and Joey Barton develop today? The midfielder is expected to hold talks with the club this morning to try to sort out his future. Barton has been suspended since a training ground argument last month and it looks very unlikely that he'll play for the club again. The 34-year-old, who joined Rangers in the summer, is also facing Scottish FA charges relating to a breach of their betting rules.  

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton

On the back pages

Here's what's making the news in the sport sections of Scotland's newspapers:

  • Rangers boss Mark Warburton is a "top contender" for the managerial vacancy at Wigan Athletic, who have sacked Gary Caldwell
  • Canada's Fraser Aird "has demanded showdown talks" with the Rangers manager after his loan spell ended at Vancouver Whitecaps
  • With his Dundee team searching for only their second league win of the season, manager Paul Hartley admits to being worried about the club's fate this season
  • "It's high, it's dangerous, it's reckless" - Staggies manager Jim McIntyre's description of Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon's tackle on County striker Liam Boyce

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Thanks for joining BBC Scotland's live rolling news page focusing on Scottish football. We'll spend some time today looking back at last night's matches in the Premiership. Also, we'll bring you the latest from the media conferences at Celtic, Aberdeen, Inverness CT and Rangers.