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  1. Celtic would be major threat in English League, says Brendan Rodgers
  2. Uefa fines Celtic £8,635 over illicit banner
  3. Rangers manager Mark Warburton accepts one-match ban
  4. Steve Paterson's journey: from Man United to Dufftown

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Goodbye but tune in to Sportsound

That's the end of our rolling coverage of Scottish football for today, but the news keeps coming and Celtic's fine draw at home to Manchester City last night will be high among the topics on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, which is starting now.

Tune to 810MW, where former Celtic striker Scott McDonald, now of Motherwell, and football writer Henry Winter, of The Times, will be among the guests.

You can also hear more of that explosive Steve Paterson interview.

'Rangers starting to motor' - Archibald

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald thinks Rangers have shown improvement despite only taking two points from their last four league games.

Archibald takes his team to Ibrox on Saturday and has been stressing the difficulty they will face as they look to emerge with a win that would lift them off the bottom of the Premiership and to within a point of their Glasgow rivals.

"I've been quite impressed," he said. "I like the way they set the team up to play football, I admire the way they play. 

"They have taken a bit of time to get going. I know their results in the past couple of games haven't been great, but I think they are starting to motor now. 

"Last week against Aberdeen, at times they were very good. 

"We know we will need to be at our best to get a result, but we know we have flair, pace and creativity in our team to hurt them." 

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald shares a joke with the media
Alan Archibald shared a joke with the media

Foran accepts blame - and plaudits

Richie Foran reckons he deserved the criticism that followed his difficult first few weeks as Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager. 

"Performances weren't good enough at the start of the season and it was down to me, simple as that," said the 36-year-old Irishman. "I took full responsibility."   

Caley Thistle kicked off the Premiership season with defeats by Partick Thistle, Ross County and Hearts - and suffered a surprise loss to League One part-timers Alloa Athletic in the League Cup. 

But they have since beaten St Johnstone and Dundee and managed draws against Aberdeen and Celtic.

"We've had some tough games and taken points against really strong sides," he said.

"We scored some fantastic goals on Saturday against Dundee, so confidence is high."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran

Rangers boss stresses 'competitive' goal

Rangers manager Mark Warburton appears to have distanced himself from pre-season predictions that the Ibrox side would challenge Celtic and Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership, saying it was the media that talked up that possibility.

The Ibrox side, promoted last season, sit seventh in the table - seven points adrift of leaders Celtic and three behind second-top Dons.

"What I said at the start of the season, and I was very, very clear, was that we'd be highly competitive," said the Englishman, whose team lost 2-1 away to Aberdeen on Sunday. 

"You guys said about challenging Celtic and challenging Aberdeen. I said we'd be highly competitive and that won't change. 

"I think you saw on Sunday we were highly competitive, but we have to get the rewards for it. 

"What we have to do is to turn our domination and ball possession into rewards."

Rangers assistant David Weir at training as Mark Warburton barks orders
Mark Warburton (right) was getting his point across at Rangers' training on Thursday

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Warburton accepts one-game ban

It has been a busy day on the disciplinary front and now it is Rangers' turn. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has accepted a one-match touchline ban after being accused of using "offensive, abusing and insulting language" at officials.

The Englishman was left angry after Aberdeen were awarded a free-kick that led to James Maddison's late winning goal at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Warburton was also unhappy about an offside call involving Barrie McKay.

He will sit out Saturday's match against Partick Thistle after admitting a Scottish FA misconduct charge.

Read full story.

Mark Warburton confronts the officials at Pittodrie

English clubs fear Celtic - Rodgers

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he understands why the English league has closed the door on any notion of the Scottish champions joining their set-up. He says it would be a terrifying prospect for them. 

Rodgers was speaking just hours after Celtic held the English Premier League leaders Manchester City to a 3-3 draw in the Champions League. 

Following weeks of restructuring discussions, English Football League announced last week that no Scottish clubs would be invited into any expanded set-up in the future. 

"There's no doubt that Celtic is a major threat to nearly every English club," said the former Liverpool boss. 

"If Celtic were in England they would be in the top four or top six - can you imagine the resources that would come with that and what that would produce for Celtic?

"It could go as far as it wants then," he said. 

"If you are a club in those leagues are you going to want that kind of a threat? I don't think you would want it and that's the reality."

Rodgers also said last night's Champions League performance provided proof that the competition itself should not become a closed shop to all but clubs with the biggest finances. 

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola issues instructions
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola issues instructions

Get Involved - Scotland song


@BBCSportScot 500 miles for me. My beloved Chicago Blackhawks already "own" Chelsea Dagger. #stanleycuptriple

@BBCSportScot bits & pieces should be played after a Scotland goal get the crowd jumping

'Do to Celtic what Celtic did to Man City'

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland

Dundee boss Paul Hartley says his players need to do to Celtic what the Parkhead club did to Manchester City when they meet at Dens Park on Saturday.

Hartley watched Wednesday night's Champions League clash from the stands and says the quality of Brendan Rodgers' side is now shining through.

"They had an outstanding performance last night," Hartley told BBC Scotland.

"We know we are up against a top-quality side. We have to try and make the game difficult, just like Celtic did to Manchester City. They played the game well and continued to press. It was a fantastic game of football."

Dundee are without a win in the league since the opening day of the season with three defeats and three draws in their last six games.

Hartley insists his players will come through this dip in form and there are reasons for their current run of form.

The manager said: "We have been written off and this is a game no-one expects us to get anything from. I believe in the players and the work they have been doing this week in training. 

"We will have to work really hard to get any type of a result. We have had two defeats and we have not picked up enough points. We are early into the season and have eight new players so we have got to keep working hard and stick together as a group. Their attitude has been first class from day one so we will come through this."

Midfielder Paul McGowan and manager Paul Hartley
Midfielder Paul McGowan, seen here with manager Paul Hartley, says the game against Celtic is just what Dundee need

Foul play...

Scottish teams have been keeping Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body busy today.

Uefa has ordered that Gareth Evans' Scotland Women's Under-19s team have forfeited their European Championship qualifying match against Serbia on 19 September.

It considers that Scotland refused to play the game, which was meant to take place in Albania, and has ruled that Serbia won 3-0.

The Scottish Football Association claimed the players were suffering "an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis" and were in no position to play.

Serbia media reports had alleged that the Scotland players were hungover.

Coming up...


@ICTFC @AberdeenFC @DufftownFC fans hear a very moving & candid interview with Steve Paterson tonight on @BBCSportsound & Reporting Scotland

Uefa fines Celtic

Celtic have been fined 10,000 euros for the display of an "illicit banner", ie Palestinian flags in the home game v Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

Classy player in a classy strip

Steve Paterson in 1976-77
Steve Paterson played for Scotland Under-18s when only 15. Here he is in season 1976-77, aged 18 or 19.

Pele Paterson's tale

There's a powerful interview with Steve Paterson on Sportsound this evening, from 18:30 BST. The former Manchester United player talks about his journey from Mostodloch near Elgin, to Old Trafford and to Dufftown via Pittodrie - and an escape in the boot of a car.

Read the story.

Mental heath was a taboo before - Steve Paterson

Get Involved - Scotland song


@BBCthomasmcg Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers.

Rejected Scotland goal songs included You Promised Me A Miracle, Endangered Species, Never Gonna Happen and (Once In A) Blue Moon.

Gordon is 'top drawer'

Liam McLeod

BBC Sport Scotland

Leigh Griffiths insists Craig Gordon is the best goalkeeper in Scotland by a distance after he returned to the Celtic team against Manchester City.

Gordon lost his place to Dorus de Vries in the wake of the Dutchman's arrivalbefore replacing him at half-time in the 6-1 league win over Kilmarnock.

The Scotland goalkeeper helped ensure Celtic registered their first point after the 3-3 Champions League classic.

"He's the best keeper in Scotland by a country mile," said Griffiths.

"The big man is top drawer."

Read the full story.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Get Involved - Scotland song


#bbcsportscot @BBCSportScot Can't not have music, so Chelsea Dagger sounds a better option of the 3. How about A New Flame (Simply Red) ??

Sing when you're winning...

So, the SFA has asked for the public - Tartan Army - to vote on which song to play after Scotland score at Hampden during their World Cup qualification campaign.

  • 500 Miles
  • Bits & Pieces 
  • Chelsea Dagger 
  • No music 

What do you think? Is there a better option? We don't want Don't Look Back In Anger...

What about One More Time? The Only Way Is Up? 

Tweet @bbcsportscot, text using 80295 or visit our Facebook page.

Scotland celebrate scoring at Hampden
Which song should be played at Hampden when Scotland score?

Celtic v Man City reaction


2 sides going hell for leather. Full blooded, no cards, no diving, no physios on. Great atmosphere. Sensational game #celticvcity

The game last night was the perfect antidote to the goings on in English football. Its why we all love exciting game of football!

Great night & team performance at Paradise tonight. An experience I will never forget. Thanks for suporting us they way you did💚🍀 @celticfc

We had chances to get ahead but it was a very complicated and unusual match in a difficult turf. Now, Sunday's on my mind. C'mon, City!

'Good for Celtic and Scottish football'

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright says Celtic's 3-3 draw against English Premiership leaders Manchester City should be a shot in the arm for Scottish football. He claims there is too much negativity about the game in Scotland and the popularity of social media is playing a huge part in talking down football north of the border.

"I feel there is a level of negativity about Scottish football," said the Northern Irishman.

"It has been better in the past and there are reasons for that. The finances in Scottish football have deteriorated so in the past there maybe were better quality players but I think there has always been in my five years here a level of negativity about the game.

"I don't think we do ourselves justice at times in talking the game up enough. Maybe that's the way it is. With social media it's too easy to criticise. There is a public domain out there now that instantly wants to criticise things and I think a result like that last night shows that particularly for Celtic they are in good shape. To get a result like that is not only good for Celtic but for Scottish football."

Celtic winger James Forrest tries to get past Manchester City's Aleksander Kolarov
Celtic winger James Forrest tries to get past Manchester City's Aleksander Kolarov

Name that tune?


SCOTLAND | Vote for the song to be played after a Scotland goal at Hampden during the World Cup qualification campaign. #ThisTime

We asked our members what song they'd like and the vote was so tight that we are opening it up to the public. Cast your vote by Sunday.

SFA vote

Paterson's troubled journey

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Forty years ago, a tall, wiry 18-year-old defender, with a hairstyle that was an unruly mass of black curls, ran out at Old Trafford to make his Manchester United debut against Ajax.

It was a notable moment for Steve Paterson, part of a story that began with a £10,000 cash inducement before he fell into gambling, a drinking problem and now, a sense of having come out the other side to a place of serenity.

"I've been at the highest level and now it's almost like I've returned to my roots," Paterson says. "That makes me happy."

Read Richard's piece here

Steve Paterson in his Manchester United jersey in 1977
Neville Chadwick Photography
Steve Paterson in his Manchester United jersey in 1977

Celtic rock City on breathless Champions League night

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

We'd already gone through the electrifying preamble, the teams emerging into a sea of colour and a wall of noise that went higher and then higher still.

Just when you thought it had reached its peak, it cranked up another notch and went again.

Read the rest of Tom's thoughts here 

Celtic players reflect on the Champions League draw with Manchester City
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A noise I've never heard before - Celtic's Rodgers after draw with Man City
Celtic v Manchester City: Pep Guardiola 'satisfied' with 3-3 draw

What's on the back pages?

  • Celtic's captivating 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League is "a big step forward", claims Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers 
  • Rodgers hails the performance of goalscorer Moussa Dembele, suggesting he "bullied" the Manchester City defenders 
  • And he believes the result means that Celtic will have earned the respect of English football 
  • Gordon Strachan wishes interim England manager Gareth Southgate well - except when Scotland visit Wembley in November 
  • Motherwell manager Mark McGhee believes that any team that finishes above Hearts this season will be in the Premiership's top three  

Read our paper round-up here 

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele

Celtic display 'a marker'

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes his team's Champions League draw with Manchester City underlines how much they have improved since his arrival.

Rodgers' side led three times in the 3-3 draw in Glasgow, but ultimately had to settle for a first point in Group C.

Having opened the competition with a 7-0 defeat in Barcelona, they ended City's 100% start under Pep Guardiola.

"Tonight is hopefully a good marker of how much the players have improved in a short space of time," said Rodgers.

Read story here 

Celtic celebrate Moussa Dembele's second goal in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City
Moussa Dembele fired a double in the pulsating 3-3 draw with Manchester City


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