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Summary

  1. Hearts happy to stage Bonnyrigg-Hibs tie
  2. Hamilton boss would take sixth straight draw v Celtic
  3. Celtic & Aberdeen also holding media conferences

Live Reporting

By Kenny Crawford and Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths celebrates victory

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Leigh Griffiths' strike gives Celtic victory over Hamilton and moves them 11 points clear in the Scottish Premiership

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Aberdeen and Motherwell players trudge off after six minutes

The Scottish Premiership game between Aberdeen and Motherwell is abandoned after floodlight failure.

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That's all for today folks. 

Sportsound is on BBC Radio Scotland from 18:30, with host Kenny Macintyre joined in the studio by Motherwell striker Scott McDonald and former Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown.

Tuesday's match previews

Team news for tomorrow's Scottish Premiership matches coming up...

'Every transfer window is important'

Celtic coach John Kennedy: "In terms of the bigger picture, we need to be planning for further ahead."

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5 things from the weekend

Rob Maclean

BBC Scotland

"Ian Cathro's first 90 minutes as Hearts head coach must have had his mind wandering towards next month's transfer window.

"The club has made giant progress in the last couple of years but that momentum must be maintained and the playing squad needs strengthened."

Read Rob's 'five things from the weekend' column here.

Ian Cathro
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Cathro's managerial debut ended in a 2-0 loss at Ibrox

Kennedy says Rodgers 'ticks all the boxes'

John Kennedy will delay becoming a head coach until he has learned more from Celtic's "ideal manager" Brendan Rodgers. 

"You always learn from everyone, when I have been on my travels, doing club visits, speaking with managers and working with different people," said the 33-year-old former defender, who was kept on the coaching staff when Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila.

"You take different things from different people but in terms of the rounded manager, the ideal manager, so far, from the ones I have come across, he is it. He has the full package. You get some managers who are very skilled in man management, you get some managers who tend to be more coaches - Brendan ticks all the boxes. 

"I didn't know where I was going to be (in the summer) but Brendan gave me a great opportunity and I couldn't pass up the chance to work with a man of his calibre. 

"It would have been easy for me to go out and rush into something but I just feel that having the opportunity to work with a top-class coach and manager will prepare me even better for when the times comes for me to go and make that step. When that is... we will see."

John Kennedy
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Kennedy spoke to the media following today's Celtic training session

Rangers spread festive cheer

Rangers have been visiting the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow today.

Megan Richardson (age 9) and Oscar Hamilton (age 4) sit either side of striker Kenny Miller at the front.

Rangers visit the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow
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Kenny Miller talks to the media
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And Miller kept his Santa hat on for media interviews

Aberdeen boss wants more menace up front

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was talking to the media earlier as he looks forward to tomorrow's Premiership meeting with Motherwell.

The Dons were held to a 0-0 draw at home by St Johnstone on Saturday, while 'Well were also involved in a stalemate against Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

Derek - Another difficult game against Motherwell tomorrow and hopefully we'll get back to winning ways by showing more attacking threat.

Derek - They're normally very positive and when they're right, they are very good and very well organised.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes
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McInnes cut a frustrated figure on Saturday afternoon

Derek - Everyone is fit after the weekend and trained this morning so we've a full squad to choose from.

Derek - There's no update on contracts and not likely to be until after this month's busy run of games.

5 things from the weekend

Rob Maclean

BBC Scotland

"David Wotherspoon caught my eye on Saturday in an impressively-organised St Johnstone display against Aberdeen at Pittodrie."

Read Rob's 'five things from the weekend' column here.

David Wotherspoon in action
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Wotherspoon made his 150th Saints appearance at Pittodrie

Windass made bankrupt

Former Aberdeen hero Dean Windass has been made bankrupt over a £150,000 tax debt.

A judge made the bankruptcy order against the 47-year-old at a hearing in London following an application from HM Revenue and Customs.

Windass played for the Dons between 1995–1998, scoring 31 goals in 92 appearances.

Read the full story.

Dean Windass
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Crawford hits seven so far...

Earlier, Hamilton boss Martin Canning was telling us what a key player Ali Crawford is for his side.

Canning hopes the club can keep the midfielder until the summer at least, so he might not be best pleased that we're showing the seven Premiership goals he's scored so far.

There are a few crackers in the video below...

Ali Crawford hits seven for the season

Brown says 'new level' is down to Celtic boss

Celtic captain Scott Brown has been talking to the media ahead of tomorrow's Premiership game with Hamilton.

The runaway leaders are unbeaten domestically since manager Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer, winning 13 of their 14 league games.

SB: With the run of the games coming up then it's going to be hard to maintain that high level but we want to continue our great form.

SB: But it's all about momentum now and we need to keep it going, starting with tomorrow night against @acciesfc.

Celtic captain Scott Brown
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SB: The manager has came in and changed my game a lot. He has taken me to a new level.

Higgins beats McManus

John Higgins has made light work of Alan McManus in the first round of snooker's Scottish Open at the Emirates Arena.

Higgins won 4-1 after McManus had taken the opening frame.

Smith on his way to East Fife?

The Dundee Telegraph is reporting that East Fife are to make Barry Smith their new manager later today.

Now, the 'Tele' may just have an inside scoop since the former Dundee and Alloa boss has been working as a sports writer for them since September.

The 42-year-old was last with English non-league side Aldershot Town but decided against renewing his contract at the end of last season.

League One East Fife need a new boss after Gary Naysmith left to join Queen of the South.

Barry Smith
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Smith played more than 400 games for Dundee as a defender

Higgins 3-1 McManus

Four-time world champion John Higgins takes the fourth frame and leads Alan McManus 3-1.

Higgins only needs one more frame to win and reach the Scottish Open snooker second round.

Accies aim to keep Crawford in January

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning is braced for the departure of star player Ali Crawford but hopes it won't come before the end of the season. 

Crawford has scored seven of his side's 18 league goals this term, including three goals in his last four matches. 

"He is such an important player for us," Canning told BBC Scotland. 

But the manager acknowledges he could lose the midfielder in the January transfer window "if the right thing comes up for Ali and for the club".

Read the full story.

Ali Crawford
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Crawford was on target in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Inverness CT

Higgins 2-1 McManus

The Wizard of Wishaw has come back from 1-0 down to lead Alan 'Angles' McManus 2-1 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

This Scottish Open snooker first round tie is best of seven frames.

Craig Reid's finest Motherwell moment?

Higgins levels

John Higgins has taken the second frame at snooker's Scottish Open.

He's 1-1 with fellow Scot Alan McManus - best of seven frames.

Alan 'Angles' McManus

He's 1-0 up on John Higgins in the first round of the Scottish Open - it's best of seven frames.

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Accies beware

Scots down south

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Gordon Strachan no longer needs to consider the English Premier League as an exclusion zone. The Scotland manager's next competitive obligation is a home tie with Slovenia in March, but the time can be spent contemplating a different batch of players from the regulars in his squad.

Across the weekend, 12 players who could play for the national team started in the English top-flight. It will hardly astonish Strachan that the majority of them are midfielders, since his squad has always been light on options at centre-back and centre-forward.

Even so, there would appear to be at least an opportunity to refresh the Scotland squad with players performing at a high level. Some are already part of Strachan's plans - David Marshall, Andrew Robertson and Robert Snodgrass at Hull City and James McArthur at Crystal Palace.

Charlie Adam started for Stoke City at the Emirates, but his relationship with Strachan seems fractured and unlikely to be reconciled. George Boyd tends to play regularly for Burnley, and he too has not been part of the Scotland set-up. Others are making an interesting case for themselves, with Jay Fulton starting in central midfield for Swansea, Ryan Fraser holding down a place in the Bournemouth team and Matt Phillips continuing to impress for West Brom alongside Strachan stalwarts, Darren Fletcher and James Morrison.

Jordan Rhodes has fallen into obscurity in recent months, but he started in an attacking midfield position for Middlesborough in their trip to Southampton, and played the full 90 minutes.

Strachan is more accustomed to poring over scouting reports from the Championship, and one will have been prominent, with Tom Cairney scoring an outstanding goal for Fulham in their 4-4 draw with Wolves. Naturally, Cairney would be another option for central midfield.

Tom Cairney scored for Fulham against Wolves
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Cairney scored a great goal at the weekend

Well's youth of today

Mark McGhee insists he will continue giving his Motherwell youngsters a chance - even if it risks costing his side points.

The Fir Park boss admits he could have jeopardised Well's result in the 0-0 draw against Kilmarnock when he threw on 20-year-old midfielder Dominic Thomas and teenage forward Jake Hastie late on.

"With all the talk about youth development in this country I think it's important that we keep reinforcing the message that we are putting lads in," said McGhee.

"We've got to give young boys the experience of being in a situation where they could lose you the game. We need to give them that responsibility so that they learn from that." 

Dom Thomas, 20, helped Motherwell hang on to a point versus Kilmarnock
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Dom Thomas, 20, helped Motherwell hang on to a point versus Kilmarnock

5 things from the weekend

Rob Maclean

BBC Scotland

"For me, it's one of the Scottish football stories of the season so far."

Which non-Scottish Premiership side is Rob Maclean referring to?

FIND OUT IN HIS 'FIVE THINGS' COLUMN HERE

Champions League last 16 draw

We know there's no Scottish involvement, but for those interested...

Manchester City v Monaco

Real Madrid v Napoli

Benfica v Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich v Arsenal

Porto v Juventus

Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid

Paris St-Germain v Barcelona

Sevilla v Leicester City 

Adams' Argyle

While we're on the subject of Ross County, check out how well their former manager Derek Adams is doing with League Two Plymouth Argyle.

After narrowly missing out on promotion in the play-off final last season, Adams has the Devon side two points clear at the top of League Two.

The Pilgrims won 2-0 against Doncaster at the weekend with another couple of ex-Staggies scoring - Graham Carey and Jake Jervis.

Derek Adams delivering at Plymouth
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Derek Adams delivering at Plymouth

Canning's point of view...

Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

The Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning admits he'd take another draw - to add to the five successive stalemates his side have notched up - in Tuesday night's game against Celtic.

"Yeah I think I would. A point on the road's good and if we can try to improve the home form, start winning games here, that's what we'd be looking to try to do," he told BBC Scotland.

"Obviously tomorrow night we know is going to be a difficult game. Celtic are playing well and we need to make sure we go there, defend properly, get close and compete.

"Last year when we went there we obviously lost heavily (8-1) and the boys probably ran more in that game than they have in any game throughout the season so there's a difference between just running about and getting close and actually affecting the game, which is what we need to make sure we do tomorrow night."

Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning
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Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning

Bonnyrigg v Hibs...at Hearts?

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland

Bonnyrigg Rose have had a "very constructive" meeting with Hearts about holding their Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Hibernian at Tynecastle.

They await a Scottish Football Association decision on the matter.

"We were delighted with an agreement in principle to host it there," said Bonnyrigg official Brendan Parkinson.

"But at this stage it is nothing more than contingency planning by the club in the event that we aren't able to host the tie at New Dundas Park."

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Bonnyrigg Rose beat Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup third round
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Bonnyrigg Rose beat Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup third round

Latest: Football abuse

Officials from the Scottish Football Association will meet Police Scotland later to discuss allegations of child sex abuse within the sport.

Football has been shaken by claims from former players, from across the UK, that they were abused by those in positions of authority.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has called for the SFA to set up an independent inquiry.

The SFA said any review must have the "right scope and terms of reference".

READ THE STORY IN FULL HERE

Monday's Scottish football gossip

Celtic's bid to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy on loan could be helped by Crystal Palace and West Brom being put off from buying him because of a £15m price tag. (Daily Record)

Rangers striker Joe Garner believes he has won over his critics despite only scoring three goals in 15 appearances since a £1.8m move in August. (Daily Express)

Hearts' Brazilian defender Igor Rossi believes head coach Ian Cathro's ability to speak Portuguese will help him understand the new boss's ideas. (Daily Express)

READ THE GOSSIP IN FULL HERE

Good morning!

Good morning everyone.

Trust you all enjoyed the weekend's football despite a few 0-0 draws too many in the top flight!

Today looks like it could be quite busy, with four clubs holding media conferences ahead of matches on Tuesday night.

Aberdeen host Motherwell tomorrow and Celtic welcome Hamilton Accies.

Rangers also have a press conference today - the Ibrox side are away at Hamilton on Friday night.