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Summary

  1. Celtic and Manchester City prepare for Champions League tie
  2. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon will start against City - Brendan Rodgers
  3. Ross County sign winger Chris Burke
  4. Scot Gemmill names his first Scotland Under-21 squad
  5. Who are football's one-club heroes?

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By Keir Murray, Thomas McGuigan and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and look forward to tomorrow

Thanks for your company and attention today.

There will be more from Manchester City's media conference on the website later.

Join us again tomorrow as the build up to the Champions League match at Celtic Park continues, while Gordon Strachan will name his Scotland squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Slovakia.

City trio miss out

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that defender Vincent Kompany and midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph will miss Wednesday's Champions League Group C match against Celtic through injury. 

Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
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Kevin de Bruyne will be missing from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side

Celtic Park prospect excites Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is talking to the media ahead of his Manchester City side facing Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"It is my first time here in Glasgow and everybody talks to me about the atmosphere," he said.

"I am very much looking forward to that.

"It is only our second game in the Champions League and anything can happen.

"We started very well and 

"Tomorrow, the game starts at 0-0 and we will see from the first minute until the final whistle to see who is the better team."

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@BBCSportScot Frank Beattie spent his entire senior playing career with Kilmarnock, 422 league appearances between 1954-1972.

Guardiola of honour on BBC Radio Scotland

There is more on the Champions League meeting of British football's two league leaders on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, which is about to start on 810MW.

We hope to be hearing live from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's media conference.

Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill will also be on tonight's programme talking about that flood of new talent he has brought into his squad.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City arrive at Glasgow Airport
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Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have arrived at Glasgow Airport

Brown ready for cut and thrust

Celtic's Scott Brown sported a cut and black eye as he addressed the media ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group C game against Manchester City.

Perhaps appropriate considering the midfielder promised that his side were ready to show the battling qualities he thought they lacked in their opening 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona. 

"It's about getting touch tight," the midfielder said.

"We sat off Barcelona and admired them more than anything, letting them play. We need to get touch tight, get our bodies in and try ton win the battles all over the park.

"This is where this club deserves to be and we need to show that we're good enough to be here and not be in last place.

"We'll try to frustrate them more than anything. We've done that to teams here before and it's more belief than anything. We need to believe in our ability and show that we can play under pressure."

Celtic captain Scott Brown
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Scott Brown sported a cut and black eye at Celtic's media conference

Rodgers ready for City challenge

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is convinced his players have learned the lessons of their heavy defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League. 

Rodgers' side host Manchester City in the second game of Group C and he believes his side will be more aggressive. 

"They're at the top of their game," Rodgers said of the English Premier League leaders. 

"I've watched and worked against them for the past four or five years and they've always had an outstanding group of players. 

"But the level of their play has gone up since Pep Guardiola came in, the intensity of their game has gone up and what you see now is a team working collectively with one idea. 

"When you have world-class players working to that level then, of course, they're a very hard team to contain. 

"We know it's going to be a difficult night, but we hope it's going to be a difficult night for them."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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@BBCSportScot What about John Greig, 1961-1978. 498 app. Also Managed them from 1978-1983

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#bbcsportscot Goal of the week I would have to give it to @Madders10 as it was a free kick under a lot of pressure hit with precision

De Vries not 100% fit

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is suggesting it was an easy decision to restore Craig Gordon to his starting line-up - because goalkeeping rival Dorus de Vries is not fully fit.

Scotland international Gordon replaced De Vries at half-time against Kilmarnock on Saturday when the Dutchman apparently picked up a chest injury.

"He trained yesterday and today," said Rodgers ahead of the Champions League visit by Manchester City. "He's still a bit sore, but he's fine.

"Craig Gordon will start tomorrow.

"As it is for every game, I pick the team to come in and play. 

"Dorus isn't 100% after the weekend. There's no need for us to take any risk when I've got an outstanding goalkeeper beside him.

"Every single person in our squad is fit. Good to go."

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Celtic goalkeepers Dorus de Vries and Craig Gordon in training on Tuesday
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Dorus de Vries will be replaced with Craig Gordon against Manchester City

Younger blood for young Scots

Scot Gemmill has handed 10 players their first call-ups to the Scotland Under-21 squad ahead of next month's European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Macedonia.

Under Ricky Sbragia, the Scots fell out of the running in their group in the chase to reach next summer's finals in Poland, so new head coach Gemmill has named a youthful squad for the remaining games,

Most will be eligible to play in the Euro 2019 qualifiers, which begin next September.

Goalkeepers Ryan Fulton (Liverpool, on loan to Chesterfield) and Mark Hurst (St Johnstone), defenders Kyle Cameron (Newcastle United, on loan to Mansfield Town), Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest, on loan to Mansfield Town) and Zak Jules and Jake Sheppard (both Reading), midfielders Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical), Liam Henderson (Celtic), Aidan Nesbitt (Celtic, on loan to Greenock Morton) and Ruben Sammut (Chelsea), plus forwards Ryan Hardie (Rangers, on loan to St Mirren) and Craig Wighton (Dundee) have all yet to play for the under-21s.

Chelsea's Ruben Sammut with the FA Youth Cup
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Ruben Sammut helped Chelsea beat Man City in the final of the FA Youth Cup in April

Gordon to start against City

Craig Gordon will start for Celtic against Manchester City in their Champions League Group C match in Glasgow on Wednesday.

The Scotland goalkeeper had lost his place in recent weeks to summer signing Dorus de Vries but replaced the Dutchman at half-time during Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.

De Vries, who had suffered a chest injury, was back in training on Tuesday, but manager Brendan Rodgers told the media that Gordon would be back in the starting line-up against the English Premier League leaders.

Celtic goalkeepers Dorus de Vries and Craig Gordon in training on Tuesday
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Celtic goalkeepers Dorus de Vries and Craig Gordon both trained on Tuesday

Aberdeen's one-club man

Aberdeen's version of Francesco Totti is loyal servant Andrew Considine, who has played more than 300 times for his hometown club.

Here BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod describes Considine's goal against Celtic in May. Please note, it's only available to UK users.

No Buddies for Billy

It feels like just about every time St Mirren have been seeking a new manager in recent seasons, Billy Davies' name has cropped up as a possible candidate.

Indeed, it appears that at least this time that prospect got as far as a meeting with the Scottish Championship club last week following the sacking of Alex Rae.

However, former Nottingham Forest boss Davies has issued a statement to BBC Scotland saying he is no longer in the running to take over at one of the clubs he played for. 

"I show respect to every club when they approach me," said the 52-year-old. 

 "I've met the club officials a few times over the last few weeks and can confirm that, in response to press questions, I will not be taking part in the future of St Mirren Football Club."

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It's a Scottish Cup pie sell-out

Robert McCarter has served Beith Juniors for more than 34 years as president, treasurer and secretary.

Kenny Crawford's feature on the Ayrshire side's Scottish Cup first-round win over Strathspey Thistle includes this gem of an observation...

"He received a whisper near full-time that 'the attendance was 373 and the pies had all been sold'. His nod of approval was significant and out came the notepad to record such detail."

Read Kenny's piece and watch the video about Beith kitman Jimmy McGuill.

All in a day's work for Beith kitman Jimmy McGuill

County sign Scotland winger Burke...

Ross County sign Burke? Yes.

The Scotland winger who used to play for Nottingham Forest? Yes.  

Ah, but it's not the £13m Burke now at Red Bull Leipzig.

Instead, it's Chris Burke, an exciting player all the same.

Read the full story.

Chris Burke had two seasons at Nottingham Forest
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Chris Burke had two seasons at Nottingham Forest

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@BBCthomasmcg #bbcsportscot Lewis stevenson at hibs. Quietly becoming a complete legend. And such a nice lad too.

Burke joins the Staggies

We are delighted to announce that Chris Burke has joined the club. The 32-yr-old winger has joined on a contract 'til the end of the season.

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@BBCSportScot "one-club" player Gotta be William Ferguson Miller of @AberdeenFC aka God. #bbcsportscot

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City train ahead of journey to Glasgow

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Yaya Toure was with the main group at the open section of Manchester City training ahead of their Champions League tie with Celtic on Wednesday. Toure has been told by manager Pep Guardiola he will not be considered for selection until there is an apology for comments made by his agent. The Ivorian, who was wearing a blue and white club scarf, is not eligible for selection for tomorrow's game. His omission from Guardiola's European squad triggered the inflammatory comments from Dimitry Seluk that led to the rift. England midfielder Fabian Delph was not present due to injury. Also missing were captain Vincent Kompany and attacker Kevin de Bruyne, who both went to Barcelona yesterday for scans on groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Yaya Toure
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is currently refusing to select Yaya Toure

Tickety-boo

The Scottish Professional Football League has announced its prices for the Betfred Cup semi-finals between Morton and Aberdeen, and Rangers and Celtic. Ticket prices range from £25-£35 for adults in the regular seating and from £15 for wheelchair users. For under-16s, it'll cost you a tenner.

Full details at the SPFL website.

Michael Stewart (centre-left) and Chris Sutton prepare to make the draw for the Betfred Cup semi-finals alongside SFA official Anton Fagan (right)
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Michael Stewart (centre-left) and Chris Sutton prepare to make the draw for the Betfred Cup semi-finals alongside SFA official Anton Fagan (right)

Who is your one-club hero?

Roma's goalscoring legend Franceso Totti celebrates his 40th birthday today, in his final season before retiring. The striker is your bona fide "one-club" player, having played for his hometown team for his entire career, which got us thinking...

Who is the one-club hero at your club?

Let us know by texting 80295 with "Scottish football" at the start of your message, by using the hashtag #bbcsportscot on Twitter or by posting a comment on Facebook.

At the start of this season Totti had scored 304 goals in 758 appearances for Roma - both club records.
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At the start of this season Totti had scored 304 goals in 758 appearances for Roma - both club records.

Fixture amendments

We've just got news of two changes to Scottish fixtures, "at the request of the clubs".

In the Premiership, Dundee v Hearts has been moved from 15:00 on Christmas Eve to 19:45 on Friday 23 December.

And Dundee United v St Mirren in the Championship has been switched from a 15:00 kick-off on Christmas Eve to the earlier time of 12:30.

Clearly, this leaves more time to buy very last-minute presents.

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On the back pages

Scotland's sports journalists were busy yesterday and into the wee small hours preparing today's papers. Our gossip column samples the best of the back pages - here's a taster:

  • Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is determined to show Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers that he is ready to start against Manchester City
  • Oliver Burke dreams of playing for Scotland against England at Wembley
  • Gordan Petric, he of three Scottish clubs, is being touted as a possible replacement for Alex Rae at St Mirren
  • Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson urges Mark Warburton to stick to the style of football that worked so well for him in the Championship

Read the Scottish gossip column.

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Gordan Petric made his name as an uncompromising defender with Dundee United, Rangers and Hearts

Celtic v Manchester City (Wed 19:45)

Celtic and Manchester City are training at their respective academies this morning. At 14:30 Brendan Rodgers is then holding his media conference at Celtic Park, and City boss Pep Guardiola will do likewise at the same venue at 18:45 once he and his squad have travelled north.

Not so passive Celtic

Celtic face the daunting but thrilling prospect of playing Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night. A defeat would leave Brendan Rodgers' team with a very difficult task if they are to reach the tournament's last 16, after losing 7-0 in their opening match away to Barcelona.

Rodgers has been telling BBC Sport's Football Focus that Celtic will have to be more aggressive than their performance in the Camp Nou.

Celtic v Man City: Brendan Rodgers says his side will be aggressive

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