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Summary

  1. Andy Murray to inspire Scots at Wembley
  2. Steven Fletcher injury concern for Scots
  3. Celtic's Scott Brown fit to face England
  4. Gareth Southgate - 'We will not underestimate Scotland'

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By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and tune to 810MW

That's all from our rolling coverage of today's football news. Join us again tomorrow morning as the build up to England v Scotland at Wembley continues - and the nerves grow with it.

However, there is more to whet your footie palate tonight on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW and online. 

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson and BBC Scotland's Chick Young look ahead to that World Cup qualifier on Sportsound at 18.30 GMT.

The programme will all this week look back at classic Scotland v England games and tonight it is the turn of Euro '96.

Meanwhile, there is a respite from the nostalgia as Judy Murray talks of her pride for son Andy after his elevation to world number one in men's tennis.

Scotland's Mark McGhee scores past England's Peter Shilton in 1984
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Scotland assistant Mark McGhee scored past England's Peter Shilton in 1984
Scotland midfielder James McArthur scored in last month's draw with Lithuania

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Former manager Craig Brown says Scottish passion will be evident against England, but the players must also raise their game.

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Rangers to examine inconsistency

Jason Holt says the international break will give Rangers time to analyse where they went wrong against bottom side Ross County.

Two dropped points meant the Glasgow side missed the chance to move back into second place in the Premiership.

"We are really disappointed with how we went from really good last week to not so good this week," he told Rangers TV. 

"Getting the goal so early was great and we had chances after that to go and get ourselves a cushion in the game, but we obviously conceded, which was disappointing. 

"Even after that, we had chances in the second-half.

"We have a long time to think about the game now and analyse it." 

Jason Holt
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Rangers are third in the Premiership after their fifth draw of the season

Holt 'anticipated contact'

Rangers' Jason Holt admits he "anticipated contact" when going down inside the box during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Ross County. 

Holt was booked for diving by referee Andrew Dallas after the midfielder went over the outstretched leg of County defender Marcus Fraser. 

There appeared to be contact, but the former Hearts player was non-committal when asked whether he felt he should have had a penalty. 

"I'm not sure," Holt told Rangers TV. "I anticipated the contact.

"Whether it came or not, I can't really remember, but I just got on with the game."

Rangers' Jason Holt goes down in the Ross County penalty box
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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray

Assistant manager Mark McGhee hopes Andy Murray's presence at Wembley can inspire Scotland when they face England on Friday.

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New Wolves head coach Paul Lambert

New Wolves head coach Paul Lambert hopes to have a "major say" at the club following his appointment at Molineux.

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Poppies 'important for Scots and English'

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate says he wanted his side to wear poppies on their shirt against Scotland on Friday.

Players from both sides will defy a Fifa ban on wearing poppies on their armbands when they meet in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Armistice Day.

World governing body Fifa has banned symbols with "political, religious or commercial" meanings.

But Southgate says poppies are important part of England and Scotland's history.

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Interim England manager Gareth Southgate
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We have a great chance - Craig Brown

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown believes the national team can take advantage of the uncertainty around the position of England manager Gareth Southgate.

The countries meet in a World Cup qualifying tie at Wembley on Friday, with Southgate still only in charge on a temporary basis following the departure of Sam Allardyce.

“England are in a state of indecision, because they haven't appointed Gareth [Southgate],” Brown said. “Why do they not just appoint him?

“If you're a player, in the back of your mind if you have a bad game against Scotland, och, the next manager, if it's not Gareth, will maybe pick me. With the resources England have, they could get any manager.

“I would fully appoint him, but at the moment he's the temporary manager and England are still suffering from the defeat against Iceland, even with Sam's first game, they didn't look to have the confidence back that Roy Hodgson had in them, when they won every qualifying game.

“Now there's inconsistency, of management and one or two selection queries. We have a great chance because of the indecision south of the border at the moment.”

Craig Brown
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Craig Brown was helping to launch North Lanarkshire's Sporting Hall of Fame 2017

And now for some tennis

The draw has been made for the ATP World Tour Finals in London at the weekend and it's looking tough for Andy Murray, even as world number one...

Group John McEnroe

Andy Murray (1)

Stan Wawrinka  (3)

Kei Nishikori  (5)

Marin Cilic  (7)

Group Ivan Lendl

Novak Djokovic (2)

Milos Raonic  (4)

Gael Monfils  (6)

Dominic Thiem  (8)

Andy Murray
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Murray and squad please McGhee

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at Marr Hall

It seems everyone is talking about Andy Murray - even the Scotland football team!

Assistant manager Mark McGhee revealed to the media that tennis's new world number one will be at Wembley for the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier on Friday night and suggested that the presence of their fellow Scot in the stands should inspire the visiting players.

Asked if Murray could potentially deliver a pre-match speech to Scotland before kick-off, McGhee replied: "I have no idea."

McGhee stressed that the Scotland squad and management are eager to give the supporters something to cheer - and that giving them a good result against England would be "perfect".

Despite losing the likes of left-backs Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson to injury, McGhee maintained they are "not disappointed with the strength of the squad at our disposal".

Fletcher doubt for Wembley

Who will start up front for Scotland at Wembley, with the likelihood that Gordon Strachan will stick to his "one up front" strategy?

Chris Martin got the nod for the 1-1 draw with Lithuania, while it was Steven Fletcher's turn in Slovakia as the Scots slumped to a 3-0 defeat.

Martin has returned to scoring form with Fulham since then, while Sheffield Wednesday's Fletcher has gone five games without a goal - including that game in Trnava - and is now struggling with an injury.

Leigh Griffiths has found himself relegated to the Celtic bench in recent months but scored after being handed a rare start on Saturday, while Steven Naismith has only started once in Norwich City's last nine games despite Alex Neil's side slipping off the top of the Championship after five games without a win.

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Steven Fletcher is injured for Scotland against Slovakia
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Steven Fletcher started for Scotland against Slovakia

Brown fit to face England

There were initial concerns about the fitness of Scott Brown after he came off injured during Celtic's win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

But the midfielder, who has come out of international retirement ahead of Friday's game against England, told BBC Scotland after the game that he expects to have recovered from a dead leg.  

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee has now confirmed: "We have no concerns about Scott Brown's fitness, but it's the manager's decision over whether he plays. We've not picked the team yet."  

Scott Brown examines his injured leg against Caley Thistle
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Scott Brown suffered a dead leg at Celtic Park on Saturday

Murray to inspire Scots at Wembley

My understanding is that Andy Murray is coming to the England v Scotland match

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Andy Murray at the Paris Masters
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Andy Murray won the Paris Masters on Sunday

Day of the underdog?

Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee is upbeat as the flurry of media interviews ahead of Friday's showdown with England intensify. 

"Our group of players have an absolute appetite for the England match," he said of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

"Our players believe we can get a result. This was the stand-out fixture when the draw was made.

"Underdogs in football consistently have their day."  

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'If I score, we win the game'

England v Scotland (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister and former Scotland manager Craig Brown have been reflecting on the Scotland midfielder's ill-fated penalty attempt at Euro 96.

McAllister on 96 penalty: 'If I score, we win the game'

Countdown to Wembley

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford is at the news conference awaiting to hear from assistant manager Mark McGhee ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against England.

BBC Sport app users will need to click on the below link to watch the video.

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Adam in 'good shape'

Charlie Adam is not in the Scotland squad for Friday's game at Wembley but his manager at Stoke has been singing the midfielder's praises.

The 29-year-old won the last of his 26 caps in a friendly against Qatar in June 2015.

He's started the last two league matches for the Potters and boss Mark Hughes said: "He's in good physical condition at the moment. That's really encouraging for him and for us. 

"In the past, Charlie will admit himself that, in games, to keep the intensity he plays at and the energy that he shows, he has found it difficult to complete 90 minutes on occasions."

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Charlie Adam
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Adam revealed recently that Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hasn't spoken to him in over a year

Five things we learned at the weekend

Yes, it's time for Rob Maclean's weekly musings on life in the Scottish Premiership.

The BBC Scotland commentator is impressed by a couple of strikers and less so with some of our match officials...

Read his article here in full.

Dundee goalkeeper David Mitchell appears to carry the ball over the line
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Dundee goalkeeper David Mitchell appeared to get away with carrying the ball over his line in the 2-0 win over Motherwell at Dens Park

A sense of occasion

England v Scotland (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Gareth Southgate says he intends to speak to his England players about the history of the fixture with Scotland ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

The England boss says his squad should be aware of the intensity surrounding the match.

"The history of the occasion is something I will speak to the players about because I think it’s important they understand what to expect.

"We also have to have emotional control going into the game, so we've got to pitch that at the right level.

"It's the oldest international fixture and it's important for our players that they understand that, which I'm sure they do.

"I stood pitch-side at the last game at Wembley which was a fantastic atmosphere and there's something special about those fixtures."

Southgate also says he doesn't think recent Scottish results reflect performances.

He said: "Their mentality for a game like this will be unquestionable so we will have to better that and outplay them to win the match."

Scotland fans enjoy themselves in London's Trafalgar Square in August 2013
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Scotland fans enjoy themselves in London's Trafalgar Square in August 2013

Highlights: Celtic 3-0 Inverness CT

BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod brings you the best bits of Celtic's 3-0 win over Caley Thistle on Saturday. This is available to our users in the UK only.

Highlights: Celtic 3-0 Inverness CT, Scottish Premiership

Is Kane able?

England v Scotland (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

England manager Gareth Southgate will check on the fitness of Harry Kane before considering him for a start against Scotland. Striker Kane returned to action after seven weeks out with ankle trouble in Spurs' 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Sunday, scoring an equaliser from the penalty spot. 

"I think the first thing we have to do with Harry is check how he is after yesterday," said Southgate.

"I think Spurs, maybe with Dele missing as well, took a decision for what was a very big game for them. Of course we have a big game ourselves and will have to see what level he's at when he reports. 

"But it was great to see him back and scoring and with a smile on his face at the end of the game."

Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Spurs against Arsenal on Sunday
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Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Spurs against Arsenal on Sunday

'We have to have emotional control'

England v Scotland (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

Gareth Southgate says he will not underestimate Scotland, who sit fourth in the World Cup qualifying group, with England top.

"Whatever happened with their results, it does not reflect their performances," he said. "Their mentality for a game like this is unquestionable and they have unquestionable spirit.  We will have to better that and outplay them to win the game.

"We have to have emotional control going into the game. It is important our players have an understanding of the history of the game. It is the oldest international fixture. We will make sure if the players don't know about it, that they are made aware of it in the early part of the week."

Scotland centre-half Alex McLeish tries to prevent England striker Gary Lineker from crossing
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Scotland centre-half Alex McLeish tries to prevent England striker Gary Lineker from crossing

A lovely touch by Ajax

Considering East Kilbride's marvellous winning run has been in the Lowland League, what a classy touch by Ajax to send representatives - and, er, refreshments - over to Kilby's ground on Saturday. Our man Kenny Crawford was there.

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Is this a squad that Scotland can beat?

What do you reckon - an England squad with too much quality for Scotland or one that is beatable at Wembley?

The England squad for the game against Scotland
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Scotland can beat England - Gallacher

Liam McLeod

BBC Sport Scotland

Former Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher believes the current team can beat England at Wembley and revitalise their World Cup qualification hopes.

The Scots slipped to fourth in Group F after October's setbacks against Lithuania and Slovakia.

But a victory over the English, who have not lost a qualifier since 2009, on Friday would draw Gordon Strachan's side level with the top seeds.

"I think they just have to believe in themselves," said Gallacher.

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Kevin Gallacher battles for possession with midfielder David Beckham in a 2-0 win for England in 1999
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Kevin Gallacher battles for possession with midfielder David Beckham in a 2-0 win for England in 1999

Highlights: Ross County 1-1 Rangers

Liam McLeod describes the action from Victoria Park in Dingwall where the Staggies and Rangers had to settle for a point apiece in Sunday's match. Please note, available to UK users only.

Rangers miss out on the chance to go second in the Premiership (UK only)

On the back pages

Here's a variety of stories making the online and paper editions of Scotland's press, as gathered for our daily gossip column:

  • Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, who limped off against Inverness CT on Saturday, has declared himself fit for Scotland's match against England at Wembley on Friday
  • "Spoon-bender" Uri Geller wants to make up for his "intervention" in 1996, when England beat Scotland at the European Championships, by helping Gordon Strachan's men defeat the Auld Enemy
  • Ross County defender Andrew Davies is confident "the table will change very quickly" if bottom-of-the-league Staggies can take into other games the level of performance they showed against Rangers on Sunday
  • Coach Eddie Wolecki Black, 51, is suing Airdrie after he suffered a ­half-time stroke at a match and was later sacked.

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Scottish gossip column
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Good morning

Well, how did your weekend go? Did your team move up in the league or down, score a last-minute winner or have their star player crocked? Throughout the day we'll look back at the games over the past few days and start to look ahead to the big one on Friday - England v Scotland - and, of course, we'll bring you the latest news as it happens.