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  1. Rangers ban Barton for three weeks
  2. Richie Foran unhappy at referee Don Robertson
  3. St Mirren look for new manager
  4. Celtic media conference at lunchtime ahead of Alloa match

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By Keir Murray and Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Bye from us, hello to Bazza

That's all for today in our live coverage here, but you can satisfy your thirst for football by news by tuning in to BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, where Sportsound is about to begin.

The star attraction tonight is former Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, now manager of Clyde of course, who will be giving his thoughts on the Joey Barton saga at Ibrox among other matters.

He will be joined by journalists Richard Wilson and Graham Spiers.

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson is the guest of tonight's Sportsound

Maddison 'blown away' by Dons talent

Multi-million pound midfielder James Maddison says he has been amazed by the talent of the Aberdeen squad. 

The on-loan Norwich City 19-year-old marked his first start for the club with a goal in the Dons' 3-1 Premiership win away to Dundee on Sunday.

Maddison, who joined the Canaries in a big-money transfer from Coventry City this year, told Aberdeen's website: "I didn't know too much about Scottish football and people have their opinions about what the standard is like. 

"But I came to Aberdeen and was blown away in training by the technical ability of some of the players, the likes of Jonny Hayes, Kenny McLean, Wes Burns. 

"We've got some really talented players and I think that showed on Sunday. Our class came through." 

James Maddison celebrates his goal for Aberdeen against Dundee
James Maddison scored in the 3-1 win over Dundee

Draper didn't have 'enough speed'

Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has entered the debate about whether Erik Sviatchenko should have been sent off in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and instead pointed the finger at home midfielder Ross Draper's lack of pace.

Caley Thistle manager Richie Foran thought that the Danish defender had fouled Draper on the edge of the penalty area with the sides tied at 1-1.

"Obviously it wasn't a penalty," Davies said, having watched video footage and backing the decision of referee Don Robertson.  

"And I think that guy hasn't had enough speed to get away from him, so I don't think it was a foul. 

"If the guy has got speed then he goes across and he probably scores a goal. 

"But I think the player is waiting for the contact, he is trying to be cute on it, and I think the referee had a very good game. He made a very good decision." 

Caley Thistle's Ross Draper and Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko crash to the ground
Ross Draper and Erik Sviatchenko crash to the ground at the edge of the box

Rangers welcome back trio

How about some Rangers news that doesn't involve Joey Barton?

Rob Kiernan and Joe Dodoo have shaken off ankle problems and will rejoin the squad for tomorrow's League Cup meeting with Queen of the South along with Philippe Senderos, who is back after serving a one-game suspension.

Rangers striker Joe Dodoo
Dodoo has scored twice in six appearances this season

All go for Jozo at Celtic

Jozo Simunovic is wanted at Celtic, despite the defender having been poised to leave for Torino last month, assistant manager Chris Davies has insisted. 

Having recovered from a knee injury, the 22-year-old made his first appearance of the season in Sunday's draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and could make his first start in Wednesday's Scottish League Cup quarter-final against Alloa Athletic.

"We've got Jozo back, who came on and looked excellent, he was strong and with his passing," said Davies.

The Croat, who joined Celtic last summer from Dinamo Zagreb, had travelled to Italy on transfer deadline day only for his move to fall through. 

"He has responded very well," Davies said. "He trains fantastically, he has got a great attitude and application. 

"He is a lovely guy as well, he's got personality. And, when he goes on the pitch, he wants to defend and be aggressive. And he can pass. 

"He's the type of defender we want and hopefully now he can go from strength to strength and show that robustness and play games - and have a good season." 

Jozo Simunovic takes the place of Cristian Gamboa in Inverness
Jozo Simunovic (left) was a second-half substitute against Caley Thistle

League Cup - semi-final draw

The draw for the semi-finals will be made at Pittodrie on Thursday following the Aberdeen v St Johnstone tie.

The last-four matches will be played on the weekend of October 22/23, with the final on Sunday 27 November.

Celtic back in the red...just

BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser: "Celtic have come out of the red, due to higher amounts made from player sales. That rose from nearly £7m to £12.6m in the year to June. The football club's full-year financial results show profit of nearly half a million pounds, compared with a loss of nearly £4m last year. Revenue rose 2% to £52m, and operating expenses were up 7% to £57m. 

"Both the chairman and chief executives emphasised their drive to improve what they call 'the football environment' in which Celtic operate, saying the club aspires to play consistently at European Champions League level."

Celtic fans

Iceland Women v Scotland Women (Tue 18:00 BST)

Scotland's women's team are in a position that is remarkably rare in our game - they have already qualified for a major finals (their first ever finals) before they play their last match. Imagine that - no need to win by so many goals and hope other results go their way, no nerve-shredding play-off: just simply through to the Euro 2017 finals in the Netherlands.

Anna Signeul's team play Iceland in Reykjavik tomorrow to determine who finishes top of Group One, with BBC Alba showing the match.

Signeul thinks Scotland should be targeting a last-eight place in their first ever finals.

Scotland women's squad to play Iceland

Goalkeepers: Gemma Fay (Glasgow City), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK).

Defenders: Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Ifeoma Dieke (Vittsjo GIK), Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal), Joelle Murray and Kirsty Smith (both Hibernian).

Midfielders: Leanne Crichton (Notts County), Lisa Evans (Bayern Munich), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Seattle Reign), Joanne Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City), Caroline Weir (Liverpool).

Forwards: Lizzie Arnot (Hibernian), Fiona Brown (Glasgow City), Lana Clelland (UPC Tavagnacco), Abigail Harrison (Hibernian), Zoe Ness (Mallbackens IF), Jane Ross (Manchester City.

Scotland coach Anna Signeul

Inverness CT mourn passing of director

Sad news from Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The Highland club has announced the death of director Donnie Fraser.

Chairman Kenny Cameron said: "Donnie's passing comes as a severe shock to us all and although no words can ease his families pain our deepest sympathy and condolences go to his wife Theresa and the family."

"He was a regular major benefactor to this club in a range of ways before he accepted our invitation to join the board."

"As a board member, Donnie was extremely diligent and committed and his passing will leave a void at the club which will be difficult to replace. It is a tragedy that illness has robbed his family, friends, workmates and our club of Donnie's presence when he still had so much to contribute."

Caley Thistle will pay tribute to a great servant next Saturday when Dundee visit.

Saints challenge diving decisions

St Johnstone have decided to appeal against the yellow cards shown to Graham Cummins and substitute Chris Kane for simulation during Saturday's 1-0 win over Hearts. 

In his post match interview, Saints manager Tommy Wright said he would review the footage of both incidents and might fine the strikers if they had been guilty of diving. 

He has now confirmed that neither player will face sanctions from the club as a result of the bookings made by referee John Beaton.

Graham Cummins is shown a yellow card against Hearts
St Johnstone's Graham Cummings (right) is shown a yellow card against Hearts

Spence sets sights on Celtic

You can't accuse Greig Spence of lacking confidence - and the Alloa Athletic striker has every intention of proving he can mix it with the top players in Scotland when he returns to Celtic Park on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old was released by his side's Scottish League Cup quarter-final opponents in 2012 without having made a first-team appearance.

"It will be good to go back and make a good account of yourself," Spence, who was sold by the Wasps to Celtic for £100,000 in 2009 told sponsor Ladbrokes. "Maybe show that you can play at that level.

"Because there are boys who were in the same youth team as me who are playing every week for Celtic - and, if I'm perfectly honest, they're not a million miles better than me."

Spence, who had spells with Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath before returning to Recreation Park, has certainly been proving his worth at League One level, his nine goals in 12 games this season helping part-timers Alloa to the top of the table.  

"I'm only 24, so a few good seasons and I could be back at that sort of level," he added.

Alloa Athletic striker Greig Spence

Dobbie has been deadly for Queens

Queen of the South go to Ibrox tomorrow evening brimming with confidence.

The Dumfries side have won 10 of their 12 matches this season and sit proudly on top of the Championship.

The return of striker Stephen Dobbie has been an inspired bit of business, with the 33-year-old on nine goals from eight games.

He started his career at Rangers and has already helped dump another former club, Hibernian, out of the League Cup.

Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie
Dobbie has been in great form for the Doonhamers

Last eight in the League Cup

The Betfred Cup reaches the quarter-finals this week.

Tomorrow, we have Greenock Morton v Dundee United and Rangers v Queen of the South

On Wednesday, it's Celtic v Alloa Athletic, with St Johnstone visiting Aberdeen on Thursday.

BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound will provide live commentary from Cappielow, Celtic Park and Pittodrie.

Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Aberdeen and St Johnstone drew 0-0 in the league in August

Maddison ignites Aberdeen comeback

Aberdeen recovered from losing the opening goal at Dens Park to win 3-1 yesterday.

James Maddison was on target for the Dons and the on-loan Norwich teenager really caught the eye against Dundee.

Check out the highlights...

Get involved - Barton ban


Is there any way back for Joey Barton at Rangers and how will the team react without him?

@BBCSportScot No great loss to be fair. Guarantee we start playing now we don't have his negativity on the park and in the dressing room

So Joey Barton no football for three weeks - how many is that in total now ? Looked a bad signing, proving to be.…

Warburton tight-lipped on Barton

"The statement has gone out and no further comment will be made," was Mark Warburton's reply to questions on the future of Joey Barton.

The Rangers manager did not divulge whether or not the midfielder has been suspended with or without his salary.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Warburton is preparing for tomorrow's League Cup tie with Queen of the South

Warburton shrugs off Sutton criticism

Chris Sutton is never shy of offering an opinion and the former Celtic striker turned pundit has not been impressed by Rangers' handling of the Joey Barton situation.

Here's how Ibrox boss Mark Warburton responded at today's media conference.

Feel the burn!

Warburton responds to comments from @chris_sutton73 - "I was brought up to only value the opinions of people you have any iota of respect...

Five in a row for Celtic's Sinclair

Scott Sinclair was on target in Celtic's 2-2 draw at Inverness CT on Sunday.

That means he's scored in each of his five league matches since moving to the Scottish champions, joining club legend Jimmy McGrory in the record books.

Take a look at those goals...

Can Barton rescue his Rangers career?

Is there a way back for Joey Barton after his three-week suspension at Rangers?

Analysis from BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson

"Joey Barton's Rangers career would appear now to be effectively over. 

"If the manager Mark Warburton felt reassured that the player could return to the squad without his authority seeming undermined, then Barton would still be available for selection. 

"The player is due to begin a series of public engagements for the launch of his autobiography this week, at which he will inevitably be asked about his future at Ibrox. 

"He is, by his own admission, a blunt and assertive figure in the dressing room and his short spell at Rangers has delivered little worth on the field. The team has already looked more convincing in his absence."

Joey Barton
Barton has been told to stay away from Rangers for another three weeks

Saints or sinners?

Diving was top of the topic bill after St Johnstone's 1-0 win over Hearts on Saturday.

Graham Cummins and Chris Kane were both cautioned for simulation, with McDiarmid Park manager Tommy Wright saying the pair would be fined if he agreed with the decisions after reviewing the footage.

The BBC Sportscene team ruled "not guilty" in both cases. Follow the link below to have a look for yourself.

Two St Johnstone players were booked for simulation against Hearts, what did you make of the decisions? #Sportscene

John Beaton cautions Graham Cummins for a dive
Referee John Beaton shows Cummins a yellow card at McDiarmid Park

Buddies look for a new boss


St Mirren sacked manager Alex Rae yesterday.

The Paisley club are bottom of the Championship, with three draws and three defeats in their six league games.

Who do fans want to take over?

Would you welcome a return for Gus MacPherson, who is doing a fine job at Queen's Park? Jack Ross is sure to be under consideration given Alloa's excellent start to the season. What about Ian McCall or Barry Ferguson?

Gus MacPherson
MacPherson managed the Buddies from 2003-10

Get involved - Barton ban


Joey Barton's three-week suspension is the talk of Twitter.

@BBCSportScot one presumes that rangers will use this time to find grounds to sack him for gross misconduct. Rangers are better off without

@BBCSportScot Not in the slightest concerned. He needs to stop talking and start working if he wants to continue playing at Rangers

@BBCSportScot completely unheard of! Looks like they are trying to provoke Barton into "walking away" so they don't have to pay his wages.

@BBCSportScot He's got a book to launch and promote...

Warburton due to meet the media

Rangers play Queen of the South in the League Cup tomorrow night.

Manager Mark Warburton is expected to attend a pre-match media conference at lunchtime.

He refused to talk about Joey Barton at the weekend, so it could be a bit awkward.

The club statement does say there will be "no further comment" on the situation.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton
Warburton at Rangers training on Monday morning

Throw the book at him

It just so happens that Joey Barton's autobiography is being released this week. 

The title? No Nonsense.

Is there time to rush out another chapter?

The publishers will be rubbing their hands with glee at all of this publicity..

Barton banned for three weeks

Breaking news

Rangers suspend Joey Barton for three weeks.

The Ibrox club have released a statement on the future of the 34-year-old midfielder.

"Joey Barton has today been suspended by the club and will not return to Ibrox or Auchenhowie for a period of three weeks.

"The manager, Mark Warburton, and club believe that time and space is required for both the club and the player to assess all that has happened.

"Neither party will make any further statement or comment on this issue."

Joey Barton
Barton has played eight matches for Rangers since his summer move from Burnley

Barton spotted

It appears Joey Barton was in for a meeting at Ibrox this morning, with the Daily Record, among others, reporting that when asked if he was still a Rangers players the reply was "I think so".

Pursued by a Sky Sports reporter he added: "I'm not allowed to comment."

Joey Barton leaves Ibrox after showdown talks and says: "I think I’m still a Rangers player"

Joey Barton leaves Ibrox after showdown talks and says: "I think I’m still a Rangers player"

Barton watch

Joey Barton is due to return to Rangers training today after he was sent home last Tuesday following a row with team-mate Andy Halliday.

The photographers will be hanging about in the bushes near the club's Auchenhowie base, hoping for a glimpse of the midfielder this morning.

On Thursday, Barton apologised "unreservedly" for his actions.

On Friday, he popped up on the radio saying his temporary banishment was "wrong".

Following Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Ross County, manager Mark Warburton refused to discuss the former Newcastle and Manchester City player's situation, describing it as an "internal matter".

Barton and Warburton
Barton missed Rangers' 0-0 draw with Ross County on Saturday

Foul or no foul?

One of the main incidents in the Inverness-Celtic game was when home midfielder Ross Draper went down right on the edge of the box under a challenge by Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko. Referee Don Robertson waved play on, much to the anguish of Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran.

Ross Draper looks to the referee to see if he is going to punish Celtic's Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko
Inverness midfielder Ross Draper looks to the referee to see if he is going to punish Celtic's Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko

Game of the weekend?

Sunday's match in the Highlands between Inverness Caley Thistle and Celtic ended in a 2-2 draw, the best bits of which have been captured in our highlights. Commentary is by BBC Scotland's Liam McLeod. Please note, the highlights can only be viewed if you are inside the UK.

On the back pages

In the Scottish gossip column today, we have:

  • Chris Sutton criticises Rangers manager Mark Warburton
  • Ross County defender Andrew Davies insists Ibrox is no longer a place visiting players fear
  • Celtic winger Scott Sinclair reveals that manager Brendan Rodgers wants his players to be tougher 
  • And the chat begins about who should be the next St Mirren manager
Alloa manager Jack Ross
Alloa manager Jack Ross is one of several being touted to replace Alex Rae, who was sacked as St Mirren boss at the weekend

Good morning

Happy Monday to you all. I hope your team put a smile on your face at the weekend. We'll bring you the football news throughout the day as it happens in Scotland.