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Summary

  1. Scotland's Women hammered 7-0 by Netherlands
  2. League Cup semi-finals this weekend
  3. North Atlantic League a 'bad but necessary' idea

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By Andy Burke and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye - for now!

That's all for us for today, but there's more football news to come on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme starting at 18:30 BST.

There will be previews of the two Scottish League Cup semi-finals, plus rugby and boxing.

Kranjcar crashes out

Rangers v Celtic

Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar has suffered a knee injury in training that could sideline the 32-year-old Croat for months.

Kranjcar will definitely miss Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final against Glasgow rivals Celtic.

Ibrox medics are now waiting for the swelling to go down before they are able to fully assess the problem.

The injury further depletes the Scottish Premiership outfit's midfield options, with Kranjcar's former Queens Park Rangers team-mate, Joey Barton, serving a club suspension.  

Defender Danny Wilson is also doubtful, but midfielder Jordan Rossiter is back from injury.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has a fully-fit squad.

Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar
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Niko Kranjcar joined Rangers this summer

Rodgers expects improved Rangers

Rangers v Celtic

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hopes his experience of semi-finals in England with Liverpool can be put to good use on Sunday against Rangers in the last four of the Scottish League Cup.

And, as the Northern Irishman relishes the prospect of his first experience of Hampden Park, he has warned that their Glasgow rivals' form has improved since Celtic swept to a 5-1 win the Premiership in September.

"I saw a bit of the Inverness game, so I think they'll be a little bit happier in how they are working and how they're playing," said Rodgers.

"They've got some good players, some really talented individual players and they want to work the ball, they want to create chances.

"We know it's going to be a tough game. We anticipated that the last game. 

"But it was a brilliant performance by the players in every aspect."

Rangers captain Lee Wallace and Celtic counterpart Scott Brown with the Scottish Cup
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Rangers captain Lee Wallace and Celtic counterpart Scott Brown will meet again at Hampden

No rest from spotlight for Toure

Rangers v Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has no thoughts of hiding Kolo Toure from the spotlight despite the central defender being to blame for both goals in Borussia Monchengladbach's Champions League victory on Wednesday.

Rodgers' side next face city rivals Rangers in Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

"Kolo is a wonderful player," he said of the Ivorian. "The mark of the man is that, after the game and the couple of moments he had, he came straight out and held his hands up. 

"This is a guy who, at 35 years of age, could have travelled anywhere in the world to play, make a load of money, eat nice food and just relax and enjoyed his life. 

"Instead, he wanted to play at a top European club in the best possible competition he could, so he came here to Celtic. 

"Of course the spotlight goes on to Kolo, but he's a strong guy mentally and will be fine the next time he is asked to play." 

Brendan Rodgers consoles Kolo Toure against Borussia Monchengladbach
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Brendan Rodgers says Kolo Toure admitted his errors on Wednesday

Douglas keeps extending career

Former Scotland goalkeeper Rab Douglas has extended his long career by signing for Arbroath at the age of 44.

He will step in for Saturday's Scottish Cup tie at home to Stirling University because 18-year-old Robbie Mutch is unable to play under the terms of his loan deal with Aberdeen.

Douglas last played for Forfar Athletic in December but left the Angus club after the sacking of manager Dick Campbell, who is now in charge of League Two rivals Arbroath.

The Red Lichties become the former Celtic, Dundee and Leicester City goalkeeper's seventh senior club, while he had loan spells with four others.

Rab Douglas is congratulated by Forfar team-mate Iain Campbell
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Rab Douglas (left) played under Arbroath boss Dick Campbell at Forfar

Captains gunning for Hampden start

Greenock Morton v Aberdeen

Greenock Morton defenders Gaving Gunning, Lee Kilday and Ricki Lamie have returned from injury ahead of Saturday's Scottish League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen. 

But the trio, including captain Kilday, are not guaranteed a return to the starting line-up given Morton's 5-0 hammering of Championship leaders Queen of the South last weekend.

Midfielders Michael Tidser and Conor Pepper miss out again through injury, while Ross Forbes is suspended for their first major semi-final in 35 years. 

Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack is another vying for a return to the starting line-up at Hampden after recovering from injury. 

Defender Ash Taylor remains a doubt after an injury picked up last weekend against Ross County.

Morton defender Gavin Gunning
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Gavin Gunning joined Morton on a short-term contract in September

Cole and Burn blows

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Kilmarnock

On-loan Fulham midfielder Larnell Cole is an injury doubt for Inverness Caledonian Thistle as they entertain Kilmarnock in the Premiership on Saturday.

But, apart from long-term absentee Kevin McNaughton, that is Caley Thistle's only injury concern.

Killie will be without Jonathan Burn after the on-loan defender returned to parent club Middlesbrough to undergo surgery on his broken nose. 

Striker Kris Boyd is back after missing the win over St Johnstone for personal reasons, while manager Lee Clark is hopeful that full-back Steven Smith will return from an ankle problem. 

But midfielders Greg Kiltie and Callum McFadzean are still missing through injury.

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones consoles Jonathan Burn
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Jonathan Burn (right) was injured against St Johnstone

Peek behind Thistle curtains

Doolan delight at Archibald stay

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Kris Doolan has stressed the importance to Partick Thistle of holding on to Alan Archibald after a failed approach from English club Shrewsbury Town. 

Manager Archibald has guided the Jags to finishes of 10th, ninth and eighth over the last three campaigns. 

"On and off the pitch, he's had a big influence," striker Doolan told BBC Scotland. 

"It's no surprise that people are taking notice of that and hopefully we can keep hold of him."

Read more here.

Alan Archibald, Kris Doolan
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Kris Doolan is thrilled Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is staying at Firhill

Signeul's Scots ship seven to Dutch

Scotland Women 0-7 Netherlands

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Scotland Women's Dutch disaster

Scotland's women endured a difficult evening in Livingston as they were crushed 7-0 by Netherlands in an international friendly.

Head coach Anna Signeul gave an honest assessment of what was a chastening evening for her players.

"They were playing in behind us all the time and we couldn't stand up to it. Losing two goals just before half time really killed the game.

"We played better in the second half, higher up the park, but we still let in four goals and that's from a lot of individual mistakes. One-v-one, they are much better than us.

"It's very disappointing and it shows that we have a bit to go, especially physically. We need more of these types of games in the spring because playing qualifiers against lower ranked teams becomes a false reality. You think you're better than you are, maybe."

Read the match report here.

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Scotland's Jane Ross is disconsolate at full-time

North Atlantic League 'a bad but absolutely necessary' idea

The North Atlantic League - a proposed alternative to the Champions League involving teams from smaller European nations - is getting closer to reality because of Uefa's mismanagement of the European game, says the chief executive of the Danish Superliga.

A reorganisation of the Champions League means Europe's top four leagues are guaranteed four places each in the tournament from 2018-19.

"I think it is basically a bad idea, but I think it is an absolutely necessary idea if Uefa leaves the principle of sporting merits being the basic value of European football," said Claus Thomsen.

Read more here.

Claus Thomsen
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Claus Thomsen, the chief executive of the Danish Superliga, says a proposed North Atlantic League is "a bad but necessary idea".

Friday's Scottish gossip

The Celtic captain Scott Brown says "it's quite amusing" that Joey Barton's Rangers career has imploded after just one Old Firm game. (Daily Express) 

Rangers midfielder Niko Kranjcar is facing a desperate fight to save his season after suffering a horror knee injury. (Scottish Sun) 

Leigh Griffiths is convinced Gordon Strachan is the right man to lead Scotland to Russia in 2018, despite the furore over whether his lack of height cost him the chance to start against Lithuania and Slovakia. (The Herald)

Neil Lennon has launched a passionate defence of his Hibernian predecessor Alan Stubbs, describing his dismissal by Rotherham after just 14 games in charge as "ridiculous". (The Scotsman)

Read more from today's back pages here.

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Welcome

Good morning and welcome to Friday's live Scottish football page.

We'll bring you all the latest news as we build-up to a big weekend of Scottish football action, with matches in all four leagues and two big League Cup semi-finals at Hampden as well.