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Summary

  1. Scotland win opening World Cup qualifier
  2. Robert Snodgrass scores hat-trick in 5-1 win in Malta
  3. Tom Hateley signs for Dundee
  4. Scottish Cup introduces fourth sub after first-round draw
  5. Scotland U21s play Ukraine on Tuesday night

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By Keir Murray and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Focus on Celtic v Rangers

    Thanks for your company today. Join us again tomorrow, when attention will no doubt turn towards the first Old Firm derby of the season as Celtic host Rangers in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Rangers counterpart Mark Warburton
    Image caption: Celtic's Brendan Rodgers and Rangers' Mark Warburton are in opposition on Saturday
  2. Sbragia tries to stay positive

    While there is some positivity for Scotland's senior team, there are few crumbs of comfort for Ricky Sbragia's under-21 side.

    Beaten 1-0 by Macedonia at Tynecastle last week, they are seven points behind their opponents, who are joint group leaders with Iceland, in their European Championship qualification group and next face Ukraine on Tuesday.

    "We will go there and be positive and try to get a win, which we tried to do on Friday," he said.

    "I thought we did everything but score on Friday night but that is part of it.

    "The players are gutted. We didn't really say much to them, just a couple of little positive things and then said we have a big game on Tuesday."

  3. Positive McCall

    On BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

    Former Scotland assistant Stuart McCall admits that there was pressure on head coach Gordon Strachan given the failure to reach the Euro 2016 finals and the 1-1 scoreline at half-time in Malta.

    "You could see the relief afterwards in his interview," he said. "At half time, they sat in there 45 minutes away from a headline shocker.

    "I have been there myself - 0-0 half time against San Marino and you think what a shocker this is going to be.

    "But, in the end, we had a little bit good fortune at times, but you need that when you are under pressure.

    "We can't get carried away, but it is a start and we have some good players."

  4. Ritchie bigs up Snodgrass

    On BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound

    Scotland's Matt Ritchie has praised fellow midfielder Robert Snodgrass for his hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Malta after the Hull City man's return this season from long-term injury.

    “It is fantastic having him back," he said. "It is only the second time I have met up with him, but as soon as Snoddy came back in, he has great energy and brings life to the squad.  

    "He scored a hat-trick and it was a fantastic performance. It is not just what he gives you on the pitch but off it as well.”

    Robert Snodgrass (centre) celebrates scoring against Malta
    Image caption: Robert Snodgrass (centre) scored a hat-trick against Malta
  5. Burke like a hare

    Darren Jackson on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportscene

    "I think it's just typical of Scottish people. When we win 5-1, the other team is poor and we don't get the praise for the way Scotland played.

    "Did it help that they went down to 10 and then nine men? Of course it did, but we responded exceptionally well to Malta's equaliser.

    "In Oliver Burke, I was very excited. The one thing the young boy had - he was fearless. 

    "Everybody talks these days was possession, but his first thought was attack."

    Oliver Burke (right) in action for Scotland against Malta
    Image caption: Oliver Burke (right) made his first Scotland start against Malta
  6. Big noises on Sportsound

    Scotland's win over Malta is the hot topic on tonight's Sportsound, which is just about to start on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW.

    Guests include Scotland winger Matt Ritchie, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and former Scotland players Willie Miller and Darren Jackson.

    England's Peter Shilton is beaten by Scotland's Mark McGhee
    Image caption: Peter Shilton will be giving his memories of games for England against Scotland
  7. North End was Barton's new beginning

    New Partick Thistle signing Adam Barton has revealed how grateful he is to be a footballer after suffering a double fracture of his back as a schoolboy. 

    The 25-year-old utility player was transferred from Portsmouth to the Scottish Premiership club for an undisclosed fee last week. 

    But, a decade ago, he was sidelined for a year and feared for his career. 

    "I was 15 or 16 and I think it was a growth spurt," he said. "I was training hard at the time in the youth levels, it just fractured. 

    "I was with Blackburn at the time and I didn't know it was there until I went to Preston and they sorted it all out for me and I was lucky they did it for me."

    Partick Thistle signing Adam Barton
    Image caption: Adam Barton is hoping to make his Partick Thistle debut against St Johnstone on Saturday
  8. Hateley settles in Dens

    Dundee have won the race to sign Tom Hateley after the midfielder's release by Polish top-flight club Slask Wroclaw. 

    Scottish Premiership rivals Partick Thistle, Championship outfit Hibernian and clubs from England were among those interested in the 26-year-old's signature. 

    Hateley, who previously had a four-year spell in Scotland with Motherwell, has signed a two-year contract at Dens Park.

    Tom Hateley in Slask Wroclaw colours
    Image caption: Tom Hateley spent two years in Slask Wroclaw colours
  9. Juniors' Scottish Cup carrot

    The winners of the replay between Scottish Junior Cup winners Beith Juniors and West Superleague champions Auchinleck Talbot will host Highland League outfit Strathspey Thistle in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

    The West Superleague rivals drew their preliminary-round tie 2-2 on Saturday at Beith's Bellsdale Park, with the replay due this coming Saturday.

    Following the draw, made by Hibernian captain David Gray at Edinburgh College, East Superleague champions Bonnyrigg Rose also face a trip to the Highlands to face Turriff United.

    North Superleague champions Banks O'Dee also have an away tie against Keith of the Highland League.

    East of Scotland champions Leith Athletic host Cumbernauld Colts, who finished fourth in last season's Lowland League. 

    The ties will be played on Saturday 24 September. As we mentioned earlier, should any of the ties go to extra-time, teams will be able to introduce a fourth substitute for the first time.

    Scottish Cup first-round draw:

    Beith Juniors OR Auchinleck Talbot v Strathspey Thistle

    BSC Glasgow v Rothes

    Civil Service Strollers v Hawick Royal Albert 

    Clachnacuddin v University of Stirling  

    Dalbeattie Star v Wick Academy  

    Deveronvale v Gretna 2008 

    East Kilbride v Vale of Leithen

    Edinburgh University v Whitehill Welfare  

    Forres Mechanics v Lossiemouth

    Fort William v Brora Rangers  

    Gala Fairydean Rovers v Fraserburgh 

    Girvan v Huntly 

    Inverurie Loco Works v Buckie Thistle  

    Keith v Bank’s O’Dee  

    Leith Athletic v Cumbernauld Colts

    Nairn County v Preston Athletic  

    Selkirk v Linlithgow Rose  

    Turriff United v Bonnyrigg Rose

    Beith Juniors celebrate winning the Scottish Junior Cup
    Image caption: Beith Juniors beat Pollok to win last season's Scottish Junior Cup
  10. McRae drives home positive vibes

    Winning their opening World Cup qualifier is psychologically beneficial to Scotland, Scottish FA president Alan Macrae believes.

    "It's been 16 years since we have last won our opening game, so to go there and get a result was important," he said of the 5-1 win in Malta for Gordon Strachan's side.

    "But to go there and get a result and score five goals was fantastic. 

    "I think you know Gordon takes one game of a time and I think we all do, but we have got to be positive and the positivity is the next game is at home."

    SFA president Alan McRae
    Image caption: SFA president Alan McRae is hopeful going into the next match at home to Lithuania
  11. President votes for Strachan

    Scotland are on the right track under Gordon Strachan, according to Scottish FA president Alan McRae.

    McRae hopes that the tide of luck is turning the head coach's way following the disappointment of failing to reach this summer's Euro 2016 finals.

    His side were helped on their way to a 5-1 win over Malta in their opening World Cup qualifier by a mistake from Ukrainian referee Yevhen Aranovskiy, who awarded the Scots a second-half penalty.

    "As far as I'm concerned, Gordon and his backroom staff have done an excellent job," said McRae. "The players have done well. 

    "It was a disappointment not getting to the Euros, but that is in the past. 

    "We were a bit unfortunate. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and I think it maybe turned a bit last night for us, so let's hope it continues through this campaign."

    Gordon Strachan directs his team in Malta
    Image caption: Gordon Strachan's side won 5-1 in Malta to go top of qualifying Group F after the opening games
  12. From worried to happy in 45 minutes

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    Video caption: Young players are ready - Scotland boss Gordon Strachan
  13. Cup runneth over with subs

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    As the draw is taking place for the first round of the Scottish Cup, it can be revealed that teams will be permitted to use a fourth substitute in any tie in this season's competition should it go into extra time.

    This is an initiative that has been introduced by the Scottish FA after recent talks with the International Football Association Board.

  14. Butcher doesn't mince his words

    Former England captain Terry Butcher: "Big Sam [Allardyce] said that going to Slovakia would be England's hardest game. I've never said that. I think it will be 10 times harder at least when England go to Hampden in June next year. 

    "That's a tough fixture. Scotland are a team that have a mission now, they top the group. I'll be hearing all about that from my friends and quite rightly so. They have the players, the organisation and the fire in their bellies to makes sure they do give England a run for their money.

    "People saying England will qualify with ease - it's still very difficult. If England don't get their confidence back they are going to find it very, very hard. Scotland have got a point to prove and I think Scotland could upset a lot of people."

    Rous Cup May 1989: England defender Terry Butcher moves in to tackle Rangers team-mate Ally McCoist
    Image caption: Rous Cup May 1989: England defender Terry Butcher moves in to tackle Rangers team-mate Ally McCoist
  15. 'You play better when you're happy'

    Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd on the importance of having consistent mental strength: "It's something you can't just do once or twice. You need to do it a few times to get used to it. At big clubs like Rangers it's every week you're put under that pressure. But in international football it's totally different.

    "If the game didn't go to plan it would be another month before you meet up.

    "Everybody would have been talking about how bad Scotland or England were for that month. 

    "The most important thing is to get a win in international football. You look forward to the next one, turning up with a smile on your face. You play better when you're happy."

    Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd
    Image caption: Kris Boyd, now 33, has scored 211 league goals in British football
  16. Road the Hampden

    The draw for the first round of the William Hill Scottish Cup takes place at Edinburgh College this afternoon. 

    It will be streamed live on the SFA's Facebook page.

    Hibernian captain David Gray, who headed home the winning goal in last season’s final to end the club’s 114-year wait to lift the cup, will help make the draw, alongside Scottish FA president Alan McRae.

    Here's the SFA's list of who is in the draw:

    6 Preliminary Round Two Winners (matches played on Tuesday)

    Leith Athletic or ColdstreamBonnyrigg Rose or Burntisland Shipyards AmateursColville Park or GirvanBeith Juniors or Auchinleck TalbotThreave Rovers or Linlithgow RoseBank’s O’Dee or Golspie Sutherland 16 clubs from the Scottish Highland Football LeagueBrora RangersBuckie ThistleClachnacuddinDeveronvaleForres MechanicsFort WilliamFraserburghHuntlyInverurie Loco WorksKeithLossiemouthNairn CountyRothesStrathspey ThistleTurriff UnitedWick Academy14 clubs from the Scottish Lowland LeagueBSC GlasgowCivil Service StrollersCumbernauld ColtsDalbeattie StarEast KilbrideEdinburgh UniversityGala Fairydean RoversGretna 2008Hawick Royal AlbertPreston AthleticSelkirkUniversity of StirlingVale of LeithenWhitehill Welfare  

    Hibs captain David Gray holds the Scottish Cup
    Image caption: Hibs captain David Gray holds the Scottish Cup in May and will help make today's first round draw for season 2016-17
  17. Scotland 'got lucky but made the most of it'

    Tom English

    BBC Sport Scotland

    "What did Sunday night tell us? It told us that Strachan's favoured centre-halves, Russell Martin and Grant Hanley, had better start playing games for their clubs - they're out of the picture at Norwich and Newcastle - before the next round of qualifiers in October. In a worrying opening half the pair of them were rusty and vulnerable, even to the pea-shooters of Malta.

    It told us that Ollie Burke has a lot to offer, that in James McArthur's absence, Barry Bannan's surprise selection was justified and that in Leigh Griffiths' absence - and the increasingly perplexing omission of Ross McCormack - Chris Martin scored an important goal to make it 2-1.

    It also told us that Matt Ritchie's delivery from out wide could be invaluable. Above all, it reminded us that Robert Snodgrass is not just a terrific footballer, but he's also a fine leader - and if there was luck involved in his hat-trick then it was not before time. Injury robbed him of 16 months of his career. The man is due some payback."

    Read more of Tom's analysis of Scotland's 5-1 win in Malta. 

    Barry Bannan drives forward with the ball for Scotland in Malta
    Image caption: Barry Bannan justified his selection for Scotland with a solid midfield display
  18. McKinnon on Andreu

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon on Tony Andreu, who scored the winning goal on Saturday against Peterhead in the Irn-Bru Cup: "I thought he was excellent on Saturday. On another day he could have had three or four goals so to get the winner we were absolutely delighted for him.

    "We spoke to him leading up to the deadline day and the fact he scored a hat-trick the day before moving (for Norwich reserves) alerted a number of other clubs to his availability.

    "He remembers the fan base and the stadium from his previous time in Scotland so we are delighted to have him at Dundee United." 

    Dundee United debutant Tony Andreu scores to make it 3-2 in extra-time
    Image caption: Dundee United debutant Tony Andreu scores to make it 3-2 against Peterhead in extra-time
  19. Snodgrass the hat-trick hero

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    Video caption: Robert Snodgrass: 'You've got to be ruthless at this level'
  20. Andreu keen to help United's 'project'

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Tony Andreu says the decision to join Dundee United on a season-long loan from Norwich City ahead of a number of Premiership clubs was an easy one to make. 

    Andreu says the "project" of helping United back into the top flight of Scottish football excites him. 

    He told BBC Scotland: "Dundee United are a great club and they have a great project.

    "I think this is a great challenge this season. It was an easy choice. The coach had a good chat with me and he gave me the reasons I wanted to come here." 

    Andreu moved from Hamilton to Norwich in the January transfer window in 2015 but failed to make any league starts for Alex Neil's side and spent time on loan at Rotherham last season. 

    The 28-year-old still has two years left on his deal at Carrow Road but says he wants to see how this season develops before deciding about his future. 

    "I take it game by game. I need to focus only on this season and I think that is the main thing here," he said. 

    "I think the goal here must be promotion and we have to do everything possible to achieve that goal."

    Tony Andreu
    Image caption: Tony Andreu wants to take things 'game by game' at Tannadice