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Summary

  1. Robertson to miss Wembley trip with Scotland
  2. Leigh Griffiths changes Twitter name
  3. Kim Little rejoins Arsenal
  4. O'Neill reveals role of Ferguson in getting Celtic job

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By Keir Murray and Clive Lindsay

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  1. Goodbye!

    Thanks for your company today. We'll be back tomorrow morning with another day of rolling Scottish football news.

  2. Robbo on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW

    Starting in a couple of minutes, diminutive former Scotland striker John Robertson is among the guests on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound discussing Leigh Griffiths stature as an international striker - and what head coach Gordon Strachan really said about the need for tall players in his side.

    Meanwhile, former tennis player Jeff Tarango and former snooker world number one John Higgins discuss what it takes to be top of the world in their respective sports as Andy Murray chases down Novak Djokovic.

    John Robertson
    Image caption: John Robertson in action for Scotland
  3. MSP welcomes Celtic's living wage

    An MSP who criticised Celtic for failing to pay the National Living Wage has welcomed the news that the club are now paying the minimum rate. 

    Labour's Rutherglen MSP, James Kelly, said Celtic's supporters' groups deserved the credit for raising the issue at the club's annual meetings. 

    Celtic announced in its annual report that it had implemented a minimum rate of £8.25 per hour from 1 July 2016. 

    This is in line with the voluntary living wage rate. 

    Read full story.

  4. Hibs challenge Bartley red

    Hibernian have confirmed they plan to challenge Marvin Bartley's latest red card. 

    The midfielder was sent off during Saturday's goalless draw against Raith Rovers that lifted the Edinburgh side to the top of the Scottish Championship. 

    Bartley was dismissed by referee Stephen Finnie for kicking out at Rovers winger Bobby Barr.

    But Hibs manager Neil Lennon felt there was little in the incident. 

    Bartley had a red card for a challenge on Ayr United midfielder Jamie Adams overturned last month. 

    Marvin Bartley is shown the red card at Stark's Park
  5. Reign ends with Little's Gunners return

    Scotland midfielder Kim Little has re-signed for Women's Super League One club Arsenal Ladies on a "long-term contract". 

    The 26-year-old spent six years with the Gunners before joining Unites States outfit Seattle Reign in 2013. 

    Little, the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2016, has also had a spell on loan in Australia with Melbourne City.

    She will join Arsenal in January ahead of the 2017 campaign.

    Read full story.

    Kim Little (left) celebrates with Seattle Reign
    Image caption: Kim Little (left) has just finished her season with Seattle Reign
  6. Robertson to miss Wembley trip

    Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson will miss Scotland's 11 November trip to Wembley to face England in World Cup qualifying Group F.

    The 22-year-old has picked a calf injury during Saturday's 6-1 hammering by Bournemouth in the Premier League.

    His club say Robertson is likely to be sidelined for up to eight weeks.

    He started in this month's 1-1 draw with Lithuania but picked up a knock and Celtic's Kieran Tierney took over for the 3-0 defeat by Slovakia.  

    Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan remarked ahead of the first game that he had a wealth of talent at left-back.

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  7. Gladbach to be back in Glasgow?

    Borussia Monchengladbach, who face Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday on Champions League duty, have reminded us all that their first away game in European football also came in the city.

    The Germans conveniently say on social media that they have "forgot the score" against Rangers in the European Cup-winners Cup. In fact, it was an 8-0 hammering for the visitors after also losing the first leg 3-0.

    Rangers went on to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-final before losing 4-1 on aggregate to Fiorentina in the final.

    How times have changed in terms of football fortunes.

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  8. Ronaldo head and shoulders above

    What of the modern striker? Is height more important these days? Here's the top five scorers presently playing in international football, two of them being above 6ft tall.

    1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 66 goals, 6ft 1in
    2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) 56 goals, 5ft 7in
    3. Wayne Rooney (England) 53 goals, 5ft 9in
    4. Sunil Chhetri (India), 5ft 7in, and Robin van Persie (Netherlands) 50 goals, 6ft 2in
    Ronaldo celebrates scoring for Portugal
    Image caption: Ronaldo is the most prolific striker in international football at present
  9. Is height the Law for strikers?

    How high is a goalscorer usually for Scotland? Here's the top five hitmen for the national team.

    • Denis Law, 5ft 9in, and Kenny Dalglish, 5ft 8in, 30 goals
    • Hughie Gallacher, 5ft 5in, 23 goals
    • Lawrie Reilly, 5ft 7in, 22 goals
    • Ally McCoist, 5ft 10in, 19 goals
    Denis Law celebrates a goal for Scotland
    Image caption: Denis Law is Scotland's joint top goalscorer
  10. Height of good scoring

    Given Scotland boss Gordon Strachan's apparent preference for taller strikers, how do the record scorers in international football measure up compared to 5ft 8in Leigh Griffiths?

    1. Ali Daei (Iran) 109 goals 6ft 3.5in
    2. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) 84 goals, 5ft 8in
    3. Kunishige Kamamoto (Japan) 80 goals, 5ft 10.5in
    4. Hussein Saeed (Iraq) 78 goals, 5ft 11in
    5. Pele (Brazil) 77 goals, 5ft 8in

    Of the top 10 best-ever scorers in international football, only four are 6ft or over and, as you can see above, only one of the top five.

    Ali Daei (centre) in action for Iran against Japan
    Image caption: Ali Daei (centre) scored 0.73 goals per game for Iran and was over 6ft tall
  11. For Leigh Griffiths, read '#shorty'

    Leigh Griffiths has changed his name on Twitter to "#shorty", seemingly in response to Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan hinting that he prefers to choose more physically endowed strikers in his starting line-up.

    The 5ft 8in Celtic forward was left on the bench as Fulham's Chris Martin was picked up front against Lithuania, while Sheffield Wednesday's Steven Fletcher was chosen against Slovakia. Both first-choice strikers are 6ft 1in.

    Griffiths' social media name change came to light as Strachan was quoted in an interview in Glasgow's Evening Times: "You need to have a certain amount of height in international football teams to defend set plays. It's not just Leigh Griffiths."

    Strachan pointed to the fact that Slovakia's third goal came from a corner shortly after substitutions had reduced the average height of Scotland's line-up.

    Darren Fletcher, Leigh Griffiths and Ikechi Anya are left disappointed in Slovakia
    Image caption: Leigh Griffiths (centre) was a second-half substitute in Slovakia
  12. Henderson determined to earn regular place

    Liam Henderson is determined to become a regular for Celtic under "world class" manager Brendan Rodgers. The 20-year-old midfielder made his debut three years ago. However, there followed loan spells at Norwegian side Rosenborg and Hibernian, where he won the Scottish Cup last season. 

    Henderson returned to Parkhead in the summer as Rodgers took over from Ronny Deila and after two substitute appearances under the Northern Irishman he made his first start in the 2-0 win at home to Motherwell on Saturday. 

    The Scotland Under-21 international was "delighted" to play his part and believes working under Rodgers increases his chances of becoming an established first-team player. 

    He told PA: "When I came back (from Hibs) I had quite a lot of teams interested in taking me on loan but I spoke to my family, friends, older experienced players I have played with and I speak to the manager regularly. 

    "I have been out on two loan spells and I would like to think I have been pretty successful in those loan spells and I want to look back and have no regrets. 

    "I want to give it the best shot I can try to be a Celtic player.

    "I have no doubt in my mind that Celtic is definitely the best place for me. 

    "We have a big, quality squad and everyone is fighting for places. It is a great place to be and you can see the fans are turning out, we are playing extremely attractive football and I am working under a world-class manager so for me it is second to none. It is only going to make me better." 

    Brendan Rodgers passes on some advice to Liam Henderson during Saturday's 2-0 win over Motherwell
    Image caption: Brendan Rodgers passes on some advice to Liam Henderson during Saturday's 2-0 win over Motherwell
  13. Rob Maclean's five picks

    You'll hear him often on the radio commentating on matches but, as regular visitors to our website will know, Rob Maclean also does a mean weekly column. In the latest offering of "five things we learned from Scottish football", Rob looks at Rangers' bluntness up front, Aberdeen's on-loan favourite James Maddison, the return of Aaron Doran, Jim McIntyre's honesty and the enduring coaching talent of Morton boss Jim Duffy.

    Read Rob's feature.

    Morton manager Jim Duffy
    Image caption: Jim Duffy has not only established Morton's position in the Championship but has also repeatedly taken the team into the latter stages of national cup competitions
  14. Tierney's moment of magic

    All that was missing from this run and shot by Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney was a goal. 

    Liam McLeod describes the action from Celtic's match against Motherwell.

  15. Some highlights from the weekend

    Aberdeen 4-0 Ross County

  16. Another Scot in the Champions League

    The likes of James Forrest, Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney have been gaining Champions League experience with Celtic this season, but there is another Scot who will be participating in Europe's premier club competition. Our very own Willie Collum will referee Bayern Munich's match against PSV Eindhoven in the tournament on Wednesday.

    Willie Collum has plenty of experience officiating in high-profile games
    Image caption: Willie Collum has plenty of experience officiating in high-profile games
  17. On the back pages

    Here's a sample of what's splashed on the back pages of the nation's sporting press:

    • Leigh Griffiths's lack of height is hindering his chances of playing for Scotland
    • Chris Martin ended a run of 21 games without a goal as he scored for Fulham in a 4-2 win over Barnsley. It was his 100th career league goal  
    • Broadcaster BT Sport has complained to the Scottish Professional Football Association about the lack of co-operation by Rangers to provide manager Mark Warburton for interview at Friday's game against Inverness
    • While Jackie McNamara has moved from the dugout at York City to the boardroom as the club's chief executive, his assistant Simon Donnelly has left the Minstermen by mutual consent.

    Read the Scottish gossip column.

    Scottish gossip
  18. Fergie's role in O'Neill coming to Celtic

    Martin O'Neill has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was instrumental in him taking over as Celtic manager in 2000.

    O'Neill, now Republic of Ireland boss, told BBC Scotland Ferguson recommended him as successor to Kenny Dalglish.

    Celtic under O'Neill won seven trophies and reached the 2003 Uefa Cup final.

    "I got a call, initially from Alex Ferguson, saying would I have an interest - that essentially the owner Dermot Desmond would like to speak to me," O'Neill told BBC Scotland.

    "I consequently found out - Dermot knew Sir Alex very well at that time but didn't know me at all - and really Sir Alex was the one that actually recommended me for the job"

    Read the full story by Alasdair Lamont.

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    Video caption: Martin O'Neill on Sir Alex Ferguson role in Celtic arrival
  19. Good morning

    A very warm welcome to our rolling news page covering Scottish football. The leaves are falling from the trees and we are now getting a picture about how the season will pan out for the clubs in the four Scottish Professional Football Leagues. We'll have a look at that throughout the day.