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Summary

  1. Scotland suffer World Cup qualifying defeat in Slovakia
  2. Joey Barton wants more time on gambling case
  3. Gordon Strachan insists focus is on players
  4. 'We're not scoring goals and we're not creating enough' - John Collins
  5. 'I hope Gordon stays on,' Collins adds
  6. How did Scotland players rate?

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By Thomas McGuigan and Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

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Sportsound gets under way over on BBC Radio Scotland at 18:30.

David Currie slides into the presenter's chair and will be joined by former Scotland midfielder Kevin Thomson and journalists Michael Grant and Stephen McGowan, while another ex-international, Paul Lambert, will join in over the phone.

There's only one topic of discussion. What now for Scotland and under-fire manager Gordon Strachan?

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Harrison on target against Bayern Munich

It's half time in Bavaria and it's Bayern Munich 3-1 Hibernian Ladies in the Women's Champions League.

Not a bad effort at all. Unfortunately, it means the aggregate score is currently 9-1 in favour of the Germans.

Abigail Harrison got the goal for the Edinburgh side.

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Barton requests more time on gambling case

Joey Barton has asked for extra time to consider his Scottish Football Association charge of allegedly breaking strict betting rules, Press Association Sport reports.

The Rangers midfielder was given until today to respond after he was charged with placing 44 bets on games between 1 July 1 and 15 September this year. 

But now he has requested an extension to that deadline, saying he needs longer to look through the paperwork detailing the case against him. 

The request is expected to be considered by the Scottish FA's judicial panel on Thursday. 

SFA rules ban players from from betting on any football match, anywhere in the world. 

Barton was due to return to training earlier this week after serving a month-long club suspension following an internal dispute but Rangers announced on Sunday they had told him to stay away from both Ibrox and their Auchenhowie training base for another seven days after launching a "formal disciplinary procedure".

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'It's not about changing managers'

Removing manager Gordon Strachan would do nothing to solve Scotland's troubles, insists Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

Strachan's future is under scrutiny after a poor start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

But Warburton thinks the main problem lies with young players not being tested enough during their development.

"We need to look at far deeper issues," he said. You need to offer a quality of challenge to a young player that they are not currently being faced with. I look at the national team and read the papers today. I see a very experienced manager, a very experienced coach. His credentials are there for all to see, so it's not about changing managers - it's about looking at the bigger picture. 

"There is a lot of young talent in Scotland. We need to give them a chance to be the best we can be."

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Warburton says Scottish youngsters don't get the same opportunities as those in England

Foran enjoys good form

Here's Inverness Caley Thistle boss Richie Foran with his manager of the month award for September.

The Highlanders were unbeaten last month, drawing with Aberdeen and Celtic before beating Dundee.

After a shaky start to the season, they are unbeaten in their last five outings and welcome Rangers to the Caledonian Stadium on Friday night.

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Foran in his first season as a manager with the club he joined in 2009

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More reaction to Scotland's sorry 3-0 defeat in Slovakia...

@BBCSportScot Look at all leagues to get talent. Blinkered approach to players in Eng champ is wrong. Many players in SPFL would do better.

@BBCSportScot it was Strachans team selection and formation that contributed massively to the result, players were awful too #hopeless

@BBCSportScot needs to stop showing loyalty to under performing footballers & rethink his own strategies

Scotland lost 3-0 in Trnava
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Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes are hanging by a thread three games into the campaign

Hibs Ladies visit mighty Munich

Hibernian Ladies are away to Bayern Munich in the Women's Champions League this evening.

The Scottish part-timers are highly unlikely to turn around a 6-0 deficit from the first leg but should benefit from the experience of another 90 minutes against the champions of Germany. It's also a chance to impress any watching scouts.

The second leg of the round of 32 match kicks off at 17:00 BST.

Bayern Munich were comfortable winners at Easter Road
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Bayern Munich were comfortable winners at Easter Road last week

Rangers media conference

Mark Warburton looks ahead to Friday's visit to Inverness CT

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MW: from the minute the final whistle goes we'll look at Celtic but until then it's all about Inverness.

Hearts' stadium redevelopment given thumbs-up

Hearts' plans to redevelop the main stand at Tynecastle have been approved by Edinburgh City Council.

Work on the £11m project, which will increase the ground's overall capacity to more than 20,000, is scheduled to begin next month.

The redevelopment programme is due for completion in September 2017.

Hearts owner Ann Budge said last month that she expects the current 17,400 capacity to be unaffected while the work takes place.

"Inevitably there will be a bit of disruption because it is a big building programme but we absolutely keep that to a minimum and the supporters who still want to come and sit in the old stand will do so," she added.

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Work on the £11m project is scheduled to get under way next month

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Scotland must 'regroup and go again'

Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning

Kenny Crawford

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Q: What's the atmosphere like at a Scottish top-flight club the morning after a disappointing Scotland result?

Martin Canning: "I don't think it changes the atmosphere in terms of us going about our business. Obviously the boys came in and they talk about it and they want Scotland to do well."

Q: Surely it's disappointing to take one point from six when some were hoping for six from six?

MC: "Scottish fans want to see the national team winning games. We know it's not always easy. You can look at teams on paper and say we should be beating them but these teams have got good players as well. Slovakia had Marek Hamsik and Martin Skrtel."

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'I don't think you can say the manager is to blame'

Q: Players to blame? Manager to blame? Change of manager required?

MC: "I don't think you can say the manager is to blame or the players are to blame. It's just sometimes you need to regroup and go again. I don't think it's always the answer to look to replace people and blame people. You've got to stick together as a country. It's your national team and we've all got to get behind them."

Clockwise from left: Martin Skrtel against Scotland; Marek Hamsik and his team-mate celebrate and Robert Snodgress reflects on Scotland's defeat
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 Christopher Differ: Best XI on the field, tactical pragmatism instead of sticking to the same tiered idea, instill more impetus into moving the ball and solidifying the defence.  

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Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

Clockwise from top left: Scotland supporters reflect on the defeat by Slovakia while Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher shakes hands with team-mate James McArthur
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'I hope Gordon stays on...'

Former Scotland midfielder John Collins added: "I certainly hope Gordon stays on.

"The SFA appointed Gordon, they have given him a contract and the race isn't finished at the halfway stage. The prizes are not given out just now.  There are still a lot of games to be played and a lot of points to be gathered.

"Things can turn around quickly in football. We live in hope and I just hope that Gordon and his coaching team is still there and we can surprise England and get ourselves back into the group." 

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'I live in hope we can surprise England'

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Barry McGloan: Easy to call for the manager's head but who would take over? The candidates mentioned in the media are hardly inspiring.  

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Good news for Hearts fans

Work is scheduled to start next month and they hope to complete the job by September 2017.....

It's official, the council has approved plans for our new Main Stand!

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'We're conceding goals to a bang average team'

Slovakia 3-0 Scotland

Former Scotland midfielder John Collins spoke to BBC Scotland earlier to offer his views on the national side's troubles.

"With the other result going the way it did in the group and England dropping two points, it's kept us in it and given us hope," he said. 

"It's been a disappointing four or five days and the results haven't been what we wanted. We go a goal behind [against Slovakia] and I've got to say that after we did go behind we got better and passed it better.

"We looked more creative but still lacked that cutting edge and that final pass, final shot. We're conceding goals to a bang average team. We're not scoring goals and we're not creating enough."           

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"We're not scoring goals and we're not creating enough..."

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Johnny Bochee: Same negative system that saw us fail in the last campaign is seeing us fail again. Playing two holding midfielders at home to a team ranked 107th in the world is a joke. The big lump of a centre forward was effective 20 years ago, not anymore. Football has moved on, we haven't and nor will we under Strachan.

Craig Watson: Sack him now. Get someone interim in to look after the England game then appoint someone permanent after that match. Next competitive match is then in March so time for the new guy to get sorted.  

John Kerr: He should resign today, if not he should be handed his P45. If he remains in charge we could easily suffer another four defeats in the group.

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Commuters outside Central Station in Glasgow

"Well, without having looked at the table [World Cup qualifying Group F] I would've thought it was a disaster. But this morning to see we're only three points behind England - there's still a long way to go. Other teams are slipping up and everyone's cutting everybody else's throats. It's not a lost cause but we need to start fixing the performances."

"I'm not sure if it's Gordon Strachan to blame. I would like to think he'd probably stay on. Who knows? I'm still backing Gordon Strachan but if there's another disaster then he will have to go..."

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Strachan the man for Scotland - Canning

Kenny Crawford

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Hamilton Academical player-manager Martin Canning believes Scotland should continue with Gordon Strachan as boss of the national team. 

Strachan is facing criticism after only taking one point from World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Slovakia.

"I don't think it's always the answer to look to replace people and blame people," Canning told BBC Scotland.

"You've got to stick together as a country. It's our national team and we've all got to get behind them."

Hamilton Accies boss Martin Canning
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Martin Canning believes Gordon Strachan should remain in charge of the national side
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Gordon Strachan says the focus remains on his Scotland players

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How did Scotland's players rate in Slovakia?

BBC Sport Scotland pundit Steven Thompson has cast a critical eye over Gordon Strachan's side's display in Slovakia.

David Marshall (goalkeeper) 7 

"He made a number of great saves in the match and prevented the scoreline from being embarrassing."

Callum Paterson (right-back) 5

"The Hearts 21-year-old tried to get forward and defended reasonably well in one-on-ones with the dangerous Robert Mak."

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Scotland right-back Callum Paterson
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Callum Paterson " tried to get forward and defended reasonably well in one-on-ones with the dangerous Robert Mak"

Problems mount for Gordon Strachan's side

Since defeating the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in November 2014, Scotland have played nine competitive matches and won only three of them - against Gibraltar, twice, and Malta. There have been defeats to Germany, Georgia and Slovakia, and damaging draws away to the Republic of Ireland and at home to Poland and Lithuania.

Under Strachan, Scotland have failed to deliver a defining victory over a leading side in their group, or when it was needed most. At the critical moment, there has been a collapse of will. In Dublin, in Tbilisi and in Trvana, Scotland have performed poorly, failing to assert themselves, to play with confidence or poise.

When Strachan's side defeated Ireland at Celtic Park, the display merged conviction with spirit and aplomb. The players performed, they refused to buckle under the pressure. That was thought to be a reflection of the progress the manager was making, but instead it has turned out to be the high watermark.

He has not found that balance of endeavour, ability and heart when he has needed it again. That is why it is legitimate to wonder if another manager could. Scotland's results once told of Strachan having improved the team; they now tell of a side that is losing its way.

Read more of Richard Wilson's thoughts after a chastening evening for Scotland.

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Scotland have won just three of their last nine qualifiers, with those wins coming against Gibraltar (twice) and Malta.

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What did you make of Scotland's defeat in Slovakia? Will Gordon Strachan's side qualify for the World Cup finals?

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  • Scotland manager Gordon Strachan wouldn't be drawn on his position following the 3-0 defeat by Slovakia in Trnava
  • Strachan is adamant Scotland can still secure World Cup qualification by finishing second in Group F
  • Goalkeeper David Marshall has launched a staunch defence of Strachan and insists he is still the man to lead Scotland 
  • Paul Lambert is the bookies' favourite to become the next Scotland manager, should Strachan leave the post

Read our round-up here 

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Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall (right) says Gordon Strachan is the man for the job

Focus is on players - Strachan

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says he is not thinking about himself despite coming under increasing pressure following a 3-0 World Cup qualifying loss in Slovakia.

Scotland now sit fourth in Group F with four points from three games after Tuesday's defeat in Trnava.

"The people who I feel sorry for are the players," said Strachan. "They're the ones I'm thinking about.

"I'm proud of them. The second group you feel sorry for are the supporters."

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Strachan insists his focus is on his Scotland players following defeat in Slovakia
Scotland form can change, says Gordon Strachan