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Summary

  1. Build-up continues to Celtic v Rangers
  2. Watch Scotland's Game part 3 on 'highlights' tab
  3. Full Scottish Premiership card following international break
  4. Ross County sign former Dundee United forward
  5. Play our new predictor & Old Firm combined starting XI

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By Keir Murray and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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Reminder - Sportsound at 18:30 BST

Tune in to Sportsound on BBC Radio Scotland (MW) at 18:30 BST for all the latest build-up to the first Old Firm clash of the season and Saturday's five other Premiership matches.

We'll be back tomorrow. It promises to be a belter.  See you then

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@BBCSportScot worst derby day has to be 1998 Ayr v Killie. Knocked out of cup as holders by that mob.

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Most league goals in 2016/17: 15 @AlloaAthleticFC 13 @LiviFCOfficial 12 @ForfarAthletic 10 @celticfc 10 @ClydeFC 10 @HibsOfficial

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What a way to score your 1st goal at a club! Pedro Mendes scored this cracker for @RangersFC at Celtic Park in 2008.

On BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound...

Tune in to the satisfying broth that is Sportsound this evening as host Geoff Webster expertly mixes an Old Firm preview with Mark Burchill and Alex Rae, an interview with boxer Ricky Hatton, US Open tennis, a Scottish Premiership discussion and live coverage of the Pro12 match between Edinburgh and Scarlets from Murrayfield.

Sportsound is on BBC Radio Scotland 92-95 FM, 810 MW, digital or online from 18:30 BST.

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Hamilton are unbeaten in their last 5 Premiership away matches (W2 D3).

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Please note:There will be a minute of silence prior to tomorrow's game v Hamilton in remembrance of former Hearts Director Robert Wilson.

Kiltie blow for Kilmarnock

Dundee v Kilmarnock (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Kilmarnock midfielder Greg Kiltie could be out until after the October international break after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury. 

Manager Lee Clark will leave it up to Kris Boyd to decide whether he wants to play at Dundee on Saturday following the death of the striker's younger brother during the week. 

Rory McKenzie is back following a thigh injury and Scott Boyd, who joined on loan from Ross County until the end of the season, is in the squad.

Greg Taylor serves the first part of a two-game ban with long-term injured Miles Addison (ankle) and Callum McFadzean (foot) still out. 

Greg Kiltie chases the ball for Kilmarnock against Morton in the League Cup
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Kiltie, 19, has played four games this season for Killie

Scotland's Game part four preview

Here's a sneak preview of the final part of Scotland's Game, BBC Scotland's four-part football documentary series, which airs on BBC One Scotland on Thursday 15 September at 21:00 BST.

The final part of Scotland's Game looks at possible ways forward for Scottish football, new solutions to long-standing problems and questions which the national sport needs to face up to. It also charts the evolution of the women's game, the fanzine movement and the rise of messageboards and social media as drivers of how fans make their voices heard.

Catch up on last night's episode of Scotland's Game.

Glasgow derby memories

Celtic 2-1 Rangers, May 2010

It was Neil Lennon’s first derby as Celtic boss and a Marc-Antoine Fortune winner gave the home side all three points.

Gormley desperate for run in Saints team

St Johnstone's Joe Gormley is desperate to get back to action against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

The 26-year-old striker joined the Saints on a loan deal until the end of the year from Peterborough after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained a year ago in a reserve game which ruined his first season with Posh.

Gormley has not started a first-team game since a 2-1 defeat to Southend last September, just weeks after making the move from Northern Irish side Cliftonville on a three-year deal. 

After playing for an hour for Saints' under-20s against Ross County's youngsters in midweek, the man from Belfast is looking to get his career back on track. 

He said: "It felt good, it was good to start playing. I am definitely ready. It would be amazing to play on Saturday.

"My last start was last September, a year ago. So I haven't played a proper competitive game since then. I had never got injured before that happened.

"I played against Millwall but I only came on for a short period of time. So it would be good to get out and play." 

Having only got into full-time football in his mid-20s, Gormley is keen to make the most of the years he has left in the game.

"It is only a short period of time I have got to play so I am going to try to make the most of it," he said. 

"Every year (at Cliftonville) I tried to outscore what I did before and it got to the point where, when I scored 37, I thought if I don't get a move I will never get a move but I kept going and got it.

"I want to work hard and see where it takes me. I am looking forward to it, I am excited and it would be good to play, hopefully for a bit anyway."

Joe 'The Goal' Gormley was a prolific striker with Cliftonville before moving to Peterborough in June 2015
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Joe 'The Goal' Gormley was a prolific striker with Cliftonville before moving to Peterborough in June 2015

Old Firm classics: Celtic 3-3 Rangers

Not goalkeeper Rab Douglas's finest game for Celtic, but there are some cracking goals in this six-goal thriller from October 2002. 

Commentary is by Rob Maclean and Sandy Clark. (Available to UK users only)

Old Firm classics: Celtic 3-3 Rangers

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Robert Donaldson on Facebook: "Warbs is out his depth and too naive or arrogant to change things from this ridiculous 'Plan A' nonsense. Plus not one of our new signings has impressed apart from the odd glimpse here or there so I'm not holding out too much hope for Saturday. I fear we could be on the end of a serious drubbing."

Robert Donaldson is concerned about Mark Warburton's preparations for the Old Firm match
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Rangers fan Robert Donaldson is concerned about Mark Warburton's preparations for the Old Firm match

Choose your Celtic & Rangers combined starting XI

Celtic v Rangers (Sat, 12:00 BST)

4-4-2? Or maybe a lone striker? 

Ahead of the Glasgow derby this weekend, why not have a bit of fun in choosing your combined starting XI with our team selector tool.  

A bolt from a blue

James Tavernier's thunderbolt free-kick against Kilmarnock has been named the Ladbrokes Premiership Goal of the Month for August after a closely fought fan poll on Twitter.

The Rangers full-back produced the moment of magic to pull his team level in the 1-1draw at Rugby Park.

The Ibrox star won with 51% of the vote ahead of Leigh Griffiths' wonderful strike at Celtic Park against Aberdeen, which claimed 34%. Dons maestro Niall McGinn produced a cracking free-kick of his own at Pittodrie to finish third.

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@BBCSportsound is there a @celticfc @RangersFC game in this week? Never noticed 🙄🙄

'Listen carefully to the following police announcement'

John Barnes

BBC Scotland

Brendan Rodgers says his players have taken on board the advice of the police ahead of Saturday's Old Firm match at Celtic Park.

The Celtic manager says he can understand the authorities taking time ahead of this high-profile fixture to meet the players and reiterate the level of responsibility and behaviour expected of them.

"They just gave us reminders really of the role the players, coaches and managers have in a game," said Rodgers.

"It's understandable when you have big games and a duty to represent {your club} when you're on the field and off the field.

"But they also understand that emotions can run high and that's football. If it wasn't, these types of games wouldn't be what they are!"

But the Celtic boss is not sure the meeting was necessary. Rodgers said: "I don't think they have to, but I suppose in modern society they've got to tick a box and make sure that they've done their job.

"It was fine, it was 10-15 minutes - there was no drama. I think it's also good for the players to hear again from a different voice of the order that's required. 

"But my players have been brilliant and it was just a reminder from authority."

Read more: Police say Old Firm public safety is 'a priority'   

Police at a Celtic-Rangers match
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The police have warned the players of their responsibility to behave properly

Aberdeen v Inverness CT

Captain Ryan Jack (that makes him sound like a pirate!) is Aberdeen's only injury absentee for the visit of Inverness after having knee surgery that will rule him out for at least six weeks. 

James Maddison could make his Premiership debut after joining on loan from Norwich while summer signing Callum Morris is also in contention for a Dons bow after recovering from an Achilles knock.

Jonny Hayes and Peter Pawlett return to the squad following injuries but Mark Reynolds is suspended. 

Provisional Aberdeen squad: Lewis, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, Taylor, Morris, O'Connor, Jack, McLean, Storie, McGinn, Rooney, Stockley, Burns, Storey, Hayes, Pawlett, Wright, McKenna, Ross, McLennan, Alexander.

Aberdeen skipper Ryan Jack
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Ryan Jack is out until the end of October after having knee surgery

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Dundee v Kilmarnock

Thommo's predictions

"The last two occasions the sides faced each other last season the games ended in draws. Paul Hartley's side have drawn their last two games - and Dundee drew 15 games last season. All signs are pointing towards a share of the spoils at Dens Park.

"Kilmarnock, having drawn at home to Rangers, will prove stuffy opponents and try to defend. I fancy a draw."

Prediction: Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

Dundee v Kilmarnock
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Partick Thistle v St Johnstone

Thommo's predictions

"Partick won all three games against the Saints last season and I see Alan Archibald's men continuing that winning streak on Saturday.

"Thistle have been playing good football without getting the results for all their hard work. However, with them beating St Johnstone last season, I expect a home win: Kris Doolan will score the winner."

Prediction: Partick 1-0 St Johnstone

Partick Thistle v St Johnstone
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Hearts v Hamilton

Thommo's predictions

"Hearts are on a roll at the minute, having won their last two games. Their last home game was a convincing 5-1 win against Inverness CT - and I don't think Hamilton are that strong defensively.

"It will be difficult for Accies and I expect Robbie Neilson's side to score goals. Their front two of Tony Watt - who scored his first goal [before the international break] - and Conor Sammon - are causing defences problems."

Prediction: Hearts 3-0 Hamilton

Hearts v Hamilton Accies
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Moravcik the magician

Lubo Moravcik scored his first goals for Celtic in a 5-1 victory over Rangers in 1998. #bbcsportscot

How will Celtic and Rangers line up?

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Celtic's attack selects itself, with Moussa Dembele a straight replacement for Leigh Griffiths if he is not fit enough to play. Griffiths' range of movement would be more tormenting to the Rangers defenders, but Dembele is another quick, direct striker.

For Rangers, the question is whether Kenny Miller starts through the middle, or Joe Garner. Miller is on form, but his tendency to drop deep often leaves the attack without a figure at the apex. Garner is busy, enthusiastic and hard-edged, so his work-rate alone might warrant his inclusion.

Read Richard Wilson's preview of the Old Firm match.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
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Moussa Dembele's pace could trouble the Rangers defence

Ross County v Motherwell

Thommo's predictions

"County were poor in their last game but I see this game ending in a draw because both teams have the ammunition to score goals. With Liam Boyce featuring at County, and Motherwell's front three, it will be an open game with goals.

"Mark McGhee will be seeking a reaction from his Motherwell players, with them having lost two in a row."

Prediction: Ross County 2-2 Motherwell

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Aberdeen v Inverness CT

Thommo's predictions

"The Dons' home record is extremely strong and they need to show a reaction to having lost 4-1 [before the international break] at Celtic Park. Inverness have had a poor start to the season. However, after a good result last week they'll be aiming to get something out of the game.

"Aberdeen are beginning to lose ground on the teams above them, so they need to ensure they win."

Prediction: Aberdeen 2-0 Inverness CT

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Dow heads to Dingwall

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland

Ross County have signed the former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Dow until the end of the season.

Dow had been training with the club over the past few weeks while he recovered from injury, having left Tannadice in the summer.

"Ryan has been with us for the last few weeks while we assessed his fitness and we are delighted he has agreed to join Ross County," said manager, Jim McIntyre. 

"Ryan has fitted in really well and we think we are getting a great player who will add to our already strong attacking options."

Ryan Dow
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Ryan Dow, 25, made more than 100 appearances for Dundee United since signing for them aged 16

Thommo's predictions

Celtic v Rangers (12:00 BST)

"I would've gone for 3-0 had I been totally convinced by Celtic's defence. As much as Celtic have been scoring lots of goals, they've only kept two clean sheets in 11 competitive games this season. Rangers have a strong attack but I feel Celtic have too much for Mark Warburton's side. 

"I believe both teams will score but that Celtic will claim victory."    

Prediction: Celtic 3-1 Rangers

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Sign up, set up a league with your friends and commence battle for bragging rights across the season.

Each week, former Dundee United, Rangers and St Mirren striker Steven Thompson will take a look at the fixtures in Scotland's top flight and give us his thoughts on how they will pan out.

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McAvennie's take on Rangers

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie tells Sportsound listeners: "I don't think they're ready yet. They have not paid anywhere near the same amount of money that Celtic have. I think it will take two or three years to put in a decent challenge

"It's no disrespect to Rangers but I just think Brendan has got the players that were there under Ronny playing 40% better - they look fitter, sharper, quicker.

"I think with the intensity they have, especially at Celtic Park, the quickness... I think it will be closer than what people think at the weekend but I just can't see by Celtic."

Celtic's Frank McAvennie (2nd left) rises to head home the opening goal
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January 1988: Celtic's Frank McAvennie (second left) rises to head home the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Rangers

Loven the memories

Former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands on BBC Radio Scotland: "People come up to me with their wee kids and go, 'You made my day on such-and-such a day'.

"Somebody told me that their dad was dying on the day of the cup final. He said he went up to see him after the game and told him I'd scored, that we had won the game, and he passed away that night. People love it, all the memories.

"Even for me now, that's something I'll never forget."

May 2002: Peter Lovenkrands rushes off to celebrate scoring a late winner for Rangers in a 3-2 victory over Celtic in the Scottish Cup final
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May 2002: Peter Lovenkrands rushes off to celebrate scoring a late winner for Rangers in a 3-2 victory over Celtic in the Scottish Cup final

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Scottish Football podcast

Last night's Scottish Football podcast is worth a listen. Host Kenny Macintyre was at the helm on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, with his guests including journalist Tom English and Celtic and Rangers fans. It was a lively studio!

You can listen to it here.

The Scottish Football podcast
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Doncaster on Old Firm match

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster on the Old Firm game: "I'm excited. It's something we look forward to. There are more than 100 countries around the world who are keen to tune in to see the action from Celtic Park tomorrow. It's great for it to be back.

(Asked about the clash with Manchester derby)

"The only two viable slots were Saturday lunchtime and Friday evening and I think that for a game of this magnitude, a city derby in Glasgow, perhaps a Friday night would be unwise.

"I wouldn't be anticipating any time soon that Celtic-Rangers games would take place on a Friday evening.

"It is a game that resonates around the world and that is partly due to the passion, the drama, the excitement.

"It's a game that I think the world is looking forward to and we hope very much that when we reflect on the game come Monday morning we're reflecting on it for the right reasons, and we're talking about the great spectacle on the pitch rather than any negative stories off it."

Celtic fans at the Scottish Cup semi-final last season
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Rangers fans
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