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  1. Hearts want 'seven figures' for Paterson
  2. AGM at Tynecastle also hears about stadium development plans
  3. Premiership: Celtic v Partick Thistle (19:45)
  4. SFA considers response to Fifa's poppy fine

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By Thomas McGuigan and Andy Campbell

All times stated are UK

Celtic's Liam Henderson and Scott Sinclair celebrate

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Scott Sinclair's goal against Partick Thistle is enough to secure a 12th straight league win for Celtic, who go 14 points clear at the top.

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That's all for now

Thank you for joining us today. Tune in to Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online from 18:30 GMT and follow live coverage of Celtic v Partick Thistle on the BBC Sport website from 19:00.

We'll be back tomorrow with more live Scottish football news.

Stats - Celtic v Partick Thistle

Tonight, 19:45 GMT - live on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online

  • Celtic are averaging 3.33 goals per game in home domestic fixtures so far this season
  • The Premiership leaders are unbeaten in 20 domestic fixtures this term
  • Partick Thistle have lost all 10 of their Premiership fixtures against Celtic since returning to the top flight for the 2013-14 season
  • Two of the Jags' three league wins this term have come away from home
Joey Barton

Midfielder Joey Barton is set to re-sign for Burnley on a short-term deal until the end of the season

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Former Rangers player Barton to re-join Burnley

Midfielder signs until end of season

Christmas bonus for United boss

Dundee United's Ray McKinnon has a new Christmas decoration since he is the Championship manager of the month for November.

The Tannadice outfit are ticking along very nicely, unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions.

United end the year against St Mirren (H) and Dumbarton (A).

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon
Ian Cathro needs time at Hearts, says owner Ann Budge
Hearts owner Ann Budge discusses the club's stadium redevelopment and says new head coach Ian Cathro needs to be given time.

Hearts help spread festive cheer

Hearts players have been visiting the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh today.

Where are the Santa hats lads?

Hearts players visit the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh

Warburton praises 'patient' Waghorn

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says forward Martyn Waghorn "has been very patient" after the striker marked his return to the starting line-up with two goals in Friday's 2-1 win at Hamilton.

"He’s a guy who scored 28 goals last season and had an unfortunate injury which meant he missed some key games towards the end of the season," Warburton told the Rangers website.

"He played very well, and he trained very well too last week on astro-turf. That came into it as well.

“It’s a big club Rangers, and you want to bring the quality and strength in depth in, and that means sometimes that you have to miss out. A lot of players are doing that, but when they are called upon, they show a tremendous application."

Martyn Waghorn and Mark Warburton
Waghorn (left) took his season's tally to 10 with two at New Douglas Park

Budge on Hearts' proposed debenture scheme

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Hearts owner and chairwoman Ann Budge addressed around 400 shareholders at the club's annual general meeting this morning and announced plans for a debenture scheme to help fund the £12m redevelopment of the main stand at Tynecastle.

And, later, she told BBC Scotland: "I've had a number of supporters contact me already and say, 'can I have a lifetime membership?'

"I don't want it to become a stand purely for the corporates and people who can spend hundreds of pounds to come to football.

"We've got to offer something for a full range of supporters and that's really what we're trying to do."

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Ann Budge

Knox commits to new Livingston deal

Livingston teenager Matthew Knox has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the League One leaders.

The attacking midfielder became the West Lothian club's youngest first team player on Boxing Day last season, just four days after his 16th birthday.

He has trained with Rangers and Manchester United this year and made seven appearances for Livi this term.

Matthew Knox
Knox will turn 17 this week
Matthew Knox training with Rangers
Knox spent time training with Rangers in March

Killie wait for answers on loan players

Clive Lindsay

BBC Scotland Sport

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark admits his January transfer strategy is dependent on other clubs' plans for some of his own players.

The Scottish Premiership outfit have five players who could potentially return to their parent clubs at the end of their loan spells.

"We are not in total control of their destiny," said Clark. "Even if we want them to stay, it is whether their parent club wants them to stay and whether they want to stay.

"But continuity is a big thing. The lads have grown into playing for the club and all have made a contribution."

Clark said he has "one or two" signing targets and that his plans have not been altered by injuries to central defenders Scott Boyd and Miles Addison as he expects both to be fit for the Scottish Cup tie against Hamilton Academical in January.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
Clark overhauled his squad in the summer with 15 new arrivals

McKinnon wins November manager prize

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Dundee United are on a run of 13 games unbeaten in all competitions and level on points with Championship leaders Hibernian.

Bonnyrigg Rose's Lewis Turner

Tynecastle will host the Scottish Cup tie between Bonnyrigg Rose and Hibs while Albion Rovers v Celtic will be in Airdrie.

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Hearts want 'seven-figure sum' for Paterson

More from Hearts' AGM...

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

Hearts director of football Craig Levein has announced that defender Callum Paterson will not be sold in the January transfer window unless a "seven-figure sum" is on the table.

Scotland cap Paterson, 22, is out of contract at the end of the season and the club would receive a development fee of around £450,000 if he left at the end of his current deal.

Levein also told shareholders at the club's annual meeting that new head coach Ian Cathro would have funds available to bring in new players during the upcoming transfer window but said the ultimate aim was to provide players from the academy into the first team.

Callum Paterson and Ian Cathro
Paterson and Cathro after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle

Plan to raise funds for Tynecastle redevelopment

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

Hearts are to launch a new debenture system in the New Year to try and bridge a £3m funding gap for the redevelopment of the main stand at Tynecastle.

Club owner Ann Budge made the announcement at the club's annual general meeting, where around 400 shareholders were in attendance. Budge believes capitalising on the increased ground capacity of more than 20,000 and ongoing fundraising would also help with the total costs of £12m.

Commitments from fans group the Foundation of Hearts and club benefactors of £3m each will also help with the total cost of the redevelopment. Budge told shareholders £2.5m has already been spent in the preparation of the new stand.

Budge said there are no plans of any kind to go into debt to fund the renovation.

Tynecastle is currently under development

Hearts AGM

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

About 250 shareholders are expected to attend Tynecastle this morning for Hearts' annual general meeting. The club recently announced a profit of around £600,000 for the year ending June 2016, with turnover up around 30% to £9.9m.

Shareholders are expecting to hear about the progress of the redevelopment of the main stand and how chairwoman Ann Budge hopes the team on the park will develop over the next few years.

What's on the back pages?

  • Lowland League clubs insist it would be a slap in the face if the Old Firm colt teams are fast-tracked into the SPFL set-up at their expense
  • SFA chief executive Stewart Regan will battle Fifa for fining Scotland after they wore poppy armbands in the World Cup qualifying defeat by England
  • Rangers have been given the go-ahead to make a January swoop for Jota after Eibar revealed they will return the midfielder to Brentford  
  • Under-fire Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has a squad strong enough to finish second in the Premiership this season, according to Dons legend Willie Miller

Read our round-up here 

Eibar midfielder Jota
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Is Eibar midfielder Jota Ibrox-bound?

SFA likely to appeal against poppy fine

Fifa has fined all four home nations for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers around Armistice Day.

Scotland and England players wore armbands featuring the symbol when they met at Wembley on 11 November.

Wales and Northern Ireland's respective games featured displays on the pitch or in the stands to mark the event.

Scotland and Wales were both fined 20,000 Sfr (£15,694), and Northern Ireland 15,000 Sfr (£11,770).  

An SFA spokesman confirmed discussions between the home nations have already taken place and an official appeal is likely to be lodged early in the new year.  

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Scotland player will poppy on armband
An SFA spokesman says an appeal is likely to be lodged in the new year


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