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  1. Mark Warburton 'flattered' at England U-21 link but has 'big job' at Rangers
  2. Brendan Rodgers unimpressed by artificial surfaces
  3. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes 'calm' despite recent struggles
  4. Celtic's Scott Sinclair relishing prospect of Old Firm derby at Ibrox

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By Andy Campbell and Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

Marcus Haber (left) celebrates Dundee's winner

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Scotland

An injury-time winner caps a superb Dundee comeback to deny Hearts head coach Ian Cathro a first win in charge.

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Graeme Shinnie (right) and Andrew Considine

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Aberdeen narrow the gap on the top two in the Premiership after a solid win against Motherwell at Fir Park.

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Partick goalkeeper Tomas Cerny and goalscorer Chris Erskine celebrate victory

Martin Dowden

BBC Scotland

Partick Thistle end a seven-game winless run with a comfortable win in Dingwall to move off the bottom of the Premiership.

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Murray Davidson celebrates

Chick Young

BBC Scotland

Murray Davidson's goal guides St Johnstone past Kilmarnock and seven points clear in fifth place in the Scottish Premiership.

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That's all for today, please join us again tomorrow and tune in to Sportsound this evening on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online from 18:30 GMT.

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Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes remains "really calm" about Aberdeen's current form and insists his side can improve in the Premiership this season.

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Archibald feels for travelling Jags fans

Ross County v Partick Thistle (Fri)

The Scottish Professional Football League indicated earlier today that all of the scheduled festive fixtures would be going ahead.

And Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald, whose side travel to face Ross County on Friday, said: "As far as we are concerned the game is on and we will go with that. All we have had is the weather warnings.

"It's the fans you feel for, the timing of it, the journey, and the dangerous weather conditions.

"My viewpoint is, if it's a danger for the fans, it shouldn't be on. But it's a decision that has got to be made early.

"As long as people know in advance and people aren't travelling and risking their safety for no reason." 

Alan Archibald
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MSPs voice "serious concerns" over pay, contracts and agents in Scotland's youth football system after questioning the game's chiefs.

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Rodgers wants 'best solution' for Commons

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Celtic forward Kris Commons, 33, joined Hibernian on an emergency loan last week and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has yet to decide whether that loan should be extended.

"I'll sit with Kris, I'll talk to [Hibs head coach] Neil [Lennon] and between us all we'll come up with the best solution for Kris," said Rodgers.

"At his age he needs to be playing games."

Kris Commons and Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes artificial surfaces affect the quality of football that is played on them.

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Warburton flattered by England Under-21s link

Rangers manager Mark Warburton admits to being flattered after he was linked with the vacant England Under-21s job but insists he has "a big job in hand" at Ibrox.

"It's very flattering to be linked to a job, especially a job of that stature, but it's a privilege to be manager here at Rangers," he said.

"Any coach starting out on the rung has to think, 'How high can I go?' What is the dream job? Of course any manager will say [managing their country] is.

"You're talking about the highest elite level of management. But right now I've got a fantastic job here. [Assistant manager] Davie Weir and I have a job here and we're looking forward to doing it.

"We've got a big job in hand to do at this club and we're delighted to be here."

Mark Warburton
Englishman Warburton joined Rangers last year

Rodgers 'yet to see' good game on plastic surface

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Ahead of his first trip to Hamilton's Superseal Stadium, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says artificial surfaces affect the quality of football played on them,

Rodgers acknowledges why clubs in Scotland use artificial pitches, but insists they "aren't ideal" for players or supporters.

"I've yet to see a good game on a plastic pitch," Rodgers said. "Any coach or manager will tell you it's always a different game on a plastic pitch.

"I respect the conditions for every club are different. Hamilton are a club that has produced many great young players, so they have a way of working that works for them and that's fine.

"In global football, most people will tell you that plastic pitches aren't ideal, and that's where you feel for supporters because are they seeing the best game of football possible? But we have to be professional and get the job done. 

"It's about going there and getting a result. It brings lots of different elements to the game, unpredictability you wouldn't see in normal circumstances. I've seen numbers of games on plastic pitches, I've been involved in numbers of games on plastic pitches, and I've yet to see a good one."

Celtic in action against Hamilton Accies on the artificial surface
Celtic in action against Hamilton Accies on the artificial surface

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Friday team news

Motherwell v Aberdeen (Fri)

Left-back Steven Hammell is back in contention for Motherwell following a hamstring injury while teenage striker Dylan Mackin will be added to Mark McGhee's squad.

Peter Pawlett is the only doubt for Aberdeen. The midfielder has a slight strain but is in the travelling party to Fir Park.

Steven Hammell and Mark McGhee
Hammell (left) may return for McGhee's Motherwell

Friday team news

St Johnstone attacker Michael Coulson will miss Friday night's Premiership trip to Kilmarnock after suffering a calf injury while fellow striker Steven MacLean will also sit out the Rugby Park clash because of a long-standing knee complaint which prevents him from playing on plastic pitches.

Kilmarnock hope to have striker Kris Boyd back in their squad following more than two months out with a thigh injury but defenders Scott Boyd, Miles Addison and Jonathan Burn are out, along with Dapo Kayode and Greg Kiltie.

Dundee midfielder Paul McGowan returns from suspension when the Dark Blues host Hearts at Dens Park.

Hearts midfielder Prince Buaben is doubtful as he undergoes treatment on a calf injury and winger Sam Nicholson is definitely out following knee surgery. 

More team news throughout the day...

Michael Coulson
Saints are without Coulson (centre) tomorrow evening

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

"Since the cup final [League Cup final defeat by Celtic] the sequence of results have huffed and puffed a wee bit.

"We haven't really got any momentum going. The two defeats since then [the loss at Hampden] at Ibrox and Ross County have been quite harsh on the team. I thought the performances were good. 

"Sometimes, you can over-analyse things. There are certain things we need to do a bit better and, it is about results over performances."

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes says his Aberdeen side have struggled for momentum

"I've got every faith in the players," McInnes added.

"We're disappointed we haven't won more games but I totally trust in what we do.

"Where we're judged, we're judged against teams with far bigger resource.

"In three-and-half years, we've spent £200,000 putting this team together in Kenny McLean - that's the only money we've spent. We have tried to work extremely hard at all other areas of our football department and how we work as a team Monday-to-Friday.

"The players are honest, hard-working boys who are desperate to get back to winning ways."

Aberdeen striker Kenny McLean
The £200,000 spent on striker Kenny McLean has been the Dons' sole transfer fee, says McInnes

McGowan tips Rogic for big move

Former Hearts and Dundee United defender Ryan McGowan was on Sportsound last night and spoke about Australia team-mate Tom Rogic.

"I think he could go very far," McGowan, 27, said of the Celtic midfielder, 24.

"It took him a little while to get going at Celtic. He had been through a few injuries.

"I think he'll be the next one of Celtic's production line that goes down south for huge money."

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Ryan McGowan and Tom Rogic
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McGowan and Rogic have 41 Australia caps between them

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Wales Goalie Owain Fon Williams finishes painting of Euro 2016

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What's in the papers?

  • Celtic could net a £5m windfall from Manchester City's reported £50m bid to sign Southampton's former Parkhead favourite Virgil van Dijk
  • The Scottish champions are apparently closer to the £3m signing of Portland Timbers striker Darlington Nagbe
  • Rangers issue a "hands off" warning to the English FA as Mark Warburton emerges as a surprise contender for the England Under-21s manager's job 
  • Tommy Wright cannot explain St Johnstone's home form - three wins at McDiarmid Park - in sharp contrast to 13 points from eight games and only one defeat on the road 

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No festive SPFL call-offs as yet

Phil Goodlad

Good Morning Scotland

All Scottish Football Professional League matches scheduled before Christmas are expected to go ahead despite weather warnings being issued for some parts of the country.

Winds of 90mph are predicted in the Highlands where Ross County welcome Partick Thistle tomorrow night.

The SPFL say they will monitor the situation.

Sinclair savours Ibrox trip

Celtic forward Scott Sinclair is relishing the prospect of experiencing his first Old Firm derby at Ibrox on 31 December.

Sinclair scored in Celtic's 5-1 win over Rangers in September.

"It's great," said Sinclair, 27. "It's great for all footballers. The hatred, that all the fans don't like you and all our fans are behind us."

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Celtic's Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair netted in Celtic's Old Firm victory at Celtic Park in September

Three sleeps to go...

Schools across the country may be drawing the autumn/winter term to a close in time for Christmas but there'll be no DVD watching or board games being played here in the BBC Scotland office - or indeed at the country's football clubs (we hope) - as we preview the weekend's festive football.