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  1. SFA announces child abuse prove
  2. Scott Brown to decide Scotland future following festive fixture schedule
  3. Premiership action later
  4. Celtic v Hamilton Accies (19:45)
  5. Aberdeen v Motherwell (19:45)

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By Andy Campbell and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Killie's Clark seeks continuity

Lee Clark will make January signings but will not be performing the same kind of surgery on his Kilmarnock squad as he made in the summer when the transfer window opens next month. 

The English manager signed 17 new players in the summer, but they struggled to gel as they won only once in their opening eight Premiership fixtures and exiting the League Cup at the group stage. 

"We've made progress with one or two of the loan boys," said Clark. "We're still waiting for final confirmation. 

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark

"We're speaking to other clubs as well with regards potential signings.

"But I'm also aware though that, if you change things too much and move all your loan players out and bring fresh ones in, that could upset the balance. 

"Right now, we're starting to see some of those lads produce some good performances. 

"But that can't be the case in January. We can't afford to lose a Scottish Cup tie or league games while those players are bedding in, so stability could be the key." 

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Clark not expecting Hearts backlash

Kris Boyd's controversial comments on Ian Cathro will not mean Hearts will be more fired up when they square up to Kilmarnock on 27 December, according to the Ayrshire side's manager, Lee Clark. 

In his weekly column in The Sun, striker Boyd suggested the 30-year-old would be "out of his depth" at Tynecastle in his first job as a team boss. 

"I've not seen the article, but Kris is an experienced man who is doing a lot of work in the media," said Clark of the 33-year-old former Scotland striker. 

"If he has an opinion on something, he is well within his rights to put that opinion forward. 

Kris Boyd (right) gets made up for TV
Kris Boyd (right) is a regular television pundit

"If that means he takes a bit of stick at Tynecastle then I'm sure he will be big enough to take that on the chin.

"I don't think he's tried to be derogatory about anyone. He's given an honest opinion about what he believes.

"I don't see it changing the mentality of the Hearts management team and their players when we go to Tynecastle.

"They are a team who look to win every game in any case and be aggressive each time."

SFA to establish football abuse 'review'

The Scottish Football Association is to set up an "independent review" of child abuse allegations in football.

Several former players have come forward to say they were abused by people in positions of authority.

The SFA said it wanted to reassure people that football was a "safe and enjoyable environment for children".

It said the review would focus on "processes and procedures" in place both currently and historically in Scottish football.

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Wilson thankful to Dalziel and Hartley

Mark Wilson has thanked Airdrieonians director of football Gordon Dalziel and Dundee manager Paul Hartley for helping him pick up the Scottish League One manager of the month award for November only five months into his first senior coaching job.

The former Celtic and Dundee United defender's side won all three league games during the month.

“Paul Hartley gave me the chance to coach at Alloa, when I was still playing at Dundee United, and I appreciate that hugely," Wilson told sponsor Ladbrokes. 

“It gave me the chance to go in and take charge of 20/30 boys on my own and get my own ideas across and he was very free in how he let me do things. 

"He let me take charge of the reserve team and I was really pleased with that. 

“It gave me the kind of platform and appetite to realise I wanted to actually go into management."

Airdrieonians' Mark Wilson with his Ladbrokes manager of the month award

Wilson and Dalziel worked together as radio pundits before teaming up at Excelsior Stadium.

"When I went into the job, people must have thought Gordon and I were best pals because we’re on the radio together on Thursday night, but the fact was we only ever spent two hours per week together - we never socialised or anything," said Wilson.

“But Gordon’s obviously seen something in me and there’s a lot riding on his decision to bring me in - and I’m pleased he did. We have similar ideas."

As so often happens, the managerial award coincided with a defeat for the winning manager - a painful 5-0 home hammering by Stenhousemuir that allowed leaders Livingston to open up a four-point lead.

However, Wilson added: “We’re hugely ambitious. I would love to say we’re aiming for the league title - and there’ll be ups and downs - but we’ll not be too far away come the end of the season.”

Methil move for Smith

Former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith has been announced as East Fife's new manager following Gary Naysmith's move to Queen of the South.

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East Fife appoint Smith as new boss

East Fife appoint former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith as their new manager.

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Ring a ring of fixtures

A host of Premiership fixtures have been rescheduled for broadcast coverage...

Aberdeen v Dundee (19:45), Friday 27 January

Motherwell v Rangers (12:30), Saturday 28 January

Celtic v Hearts (13:00), Sunday 29 January

Hearts v Rangers (19:45), Wednesday 1 February

Motherwell v Hearts (12:15), Saturday 4 February

St Johnstone v Celtic (12:30), Sunday 5 February

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen (13:00), Sunday 19 February

Dundee v Rangers (15:15), Sunday 19 February 

Inverness CT v Rangers (19:45), Friday 24 February

Hamilton Academical v Aberdeen (19:45), Tuesday 28 February

Inverness CT v Celtic (19:45), Wednesday 1 March

Thoroughly modern Ferguson

Airdrieonians manager Mark Wilson has described Rohan Ferguson as a modern-day goalkeeper who is capable of reaching the top level.

The 19-year-old helped the Diamonds win all three of their Scottish League One wins during November, leading to himself and Wilson winning monthly awards from sponsor Ladbrokes.

“He’s one of these new keepers that has this new way of playing," said former full-back Wilson of a teenager who is already being linked with Premiership clubs after becoming Aidrieonians' number one this season. 

"He’s very good with his feet and he’s probably a better passer of a ball than I ever was! 

“When I played, goalkeepers were all about catching crosses and shot stopping - and Rohan’s very good at that - but his main strength is you can pass him the ball and he can actually take two or three touches and find a pass. 

“I think that’s valuable for a young goalkeeper in this day and age and I’ve no doubt this boy’s going to go far in the game.”

Airdrieonians goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson with his Ladbrokes player of the month award
Rohan Ferguson has become a regular starter with Airdrieonians this season

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Hearts' Johnsen bags prize

Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen has been named Scottish Premiership player of the month for November.

The 25-year-old netted twice against Motherwell last month.

Bjorn Johnsen
Johnsen joined Hearts from Litex in July

Last time...

Tonight, Celtic face Hamilton Academical for the first time this term while at Pittodrie it's the season's maiden meeting of Aberdeen and Motherwell.

Here's what happened in their most recent encounters...

Hamilton and Celtic players
Hamilton held Celtic to a 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park in February
Adam Rooney scores
Adam Rooney was one of the Dons' scorers in a 4-1 defeat of Well in April

Awards double for Airdrieonians

Airdrieonians' Mark Wilson and Rohan Ferguson have won the Scottish League One manager and player of the month awards for November, when the Diamonds won three out of their four league games.

Rohan Ferguson and Mark Wilson
Goalkeeper Ferguson (left) with head coach Wilson, who took over at Airdrie on 31 October

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Feeling festive?

Rangers striker Kenny Miller visited a children's hospital in Glasgow yesterday and spoke about the Ibrox side's need to build momentum.

"We will never give in until it's done," said Miller of the Premiership title.

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Celtic v Hamilton (19:45)

Brendan Rodgers faces Hamilton Academical as a manager for the first time this evening as Celtic host Martin Canning's side in a rearranged Scottish Premiership match.

It is one of league leaders Celtic's three games in hand and victory would take them 11 points clear.

For Hamilton, a win could lift them into the top six and a draw - which would be their sixth on the spin - and take them seventh.

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Rodgers at Celtic training yesterday

Drawing positive conclusions...

How do you feel after watching your side play out a goalless draw? Frustrated? Stoic? Philosophical? 

Does it depend on the entertainment value and/or the attacking/defensive prowess of both sides? 

There were three goalless draws in Scotland's top flight at the weekend, including Aberdeen's clash against St Johnstone at Pittodrie. 

"Teams in the Premier League down south get praise lavished on them when they work hard to keep bigger clubs at bay," said St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright. 

"Do it here in Scotland and it is regarded as negative football, but it's not." 

What do you think? Are goalless draws against bigger clubs worthy of praise?   

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St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright reflects on the goalless draw at Pittodrie

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Tea or coffee?

Aberdeen v Motherwell (19:45)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee serves the second match of his two-game touchline ban this evening at Pittodrie.

Victory could take Well into the Premiership's top six while the Dons are aiming to go to within a point of second-placed Rangers.

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Mark McGhee
Cheers! McGhee at Motherwell's media conference yesterday

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Tonight's games...

Scottish Premiership

  • Aberdeen v Motherwell (19:45)
  • Celtic v Hamilton Accies (19:45)

League One

  • Stenhousemuir v Livingston (19:30)
  • Alloa Athletic v Stranraer (19:45)

League Two 

  • Forfar v Annan (19:45)

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Brown to decide Scotland future after festive run

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is mulling over his international future. Brown came out of Scotland retirement to feature in last month's World Cup qualifying defeat by England at Wembley.

Is he tempted to remain part of Gordon Strachan's plans?

"I will obviously make my decision before that squad [for the qualifier against Slovenia on 26 March] is named and I've told Gordon we will speak in January about it," said the Celtic midfielder. 

"This is the big month for me as far as that's concerned. If I can get through these eight games in December feeling good, then it turns my head a wee bit [towards Scotland]. 

"But if injuries creep in and my body feels a bit tight, then it pushes it the other way. 

"I'll see how it is after December 31 and see how I feel after six or seven days off and then the mid-season training camp. There are so many games this month that it will batter my body, but I am feeling good right now. 

"I feel fit and I want to continue the way I am now. I don't want to be just as 85% or 90% every week."  

Celtic and Scotland midfielder Scott Brown
Scott Brown will assess his Scotland future following the festive fixtures

What's on the back pages?

  • Scott Brown will decide his Scotland future following Celtic's hectic festive fixture schedule. The midfielder ended his international retirement to feature in last month's World Cup qualifying defeat against England.
  • Rangers are far from out of the Premiership title race this season, according to striker Kenny Miller. The forward says league leaders Celtic are unbeaten but not unbeatable.
  • The SFA's performance director role is a poisoned chalice, according to former Scotland U-21s boss Billy Stark. However, Stark believes Malky Mackay has the credentials to succeed in the role.
  • Tommy Wright says his St Johnstone side deserve plaudits for holding Aberdeen to a goalless draw at the weekend. "Teams in the Premier League down south get praise lavished on them when they work hard to keep bigger clubs at bay," he said. "Do it here in Scotland and it is regarded as negative football, but it's not."

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St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright says a goalless draw shouldn't be regarded as a negative

Miller plots Rangers progress

Kenny Miller insists Rangers will keep chasing Premiership leaders Celtic but knows his side must first build momentum with a sequence of wins.

Having played three fewer games, unbeaten Celtic are eight points better off than their Glasgow rivals. "We will never give in until it's done," said veteran striker Miller. 

"But for us it's about finding that consistent form and putting a run together. If that happens, then you never know." 

Rangers sit second after back-to-back home wins against closest challengers Hearts and Aberdeen but Mark Warburton's side are yet to win three-in-a-row in the league this season.

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