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Summary

  1. Scott Brown ends international retirement
  2. Motherwell become a fan owned club
  3. Midfielder available to face England at Wembley
  4. Scotland 'have a better chance with Brown' - Mark McGhee
  5. Decision '100% initiated by Brown' - McGhee
  6. Full Scottish Premiership previews

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By Thomas McGuigan and Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for your company today. Join us again tomorrow for coverage of six Premiership fixtures and a full card from the leagues below, starting off with that big game at Pittodrie between the nation's top two - Aberdeen and Celtic.

  2. BBC Sportsound

    There's more live sports news on BBC Radio Scotland right now, with Sportsound featuring live commentary of Glasgow Warriors v Treviso and updates from Edinburgh v Zebre in the Pro12. 

    Kick-off in both games is 19:35. Available on 810MW and online.

  3. Lasley faces fitness test

    Motherwell v Ross County (Saturday 15:00)

    Motherwell captain Keith Lasley faces a fitness test on a toe injury ahead of Ross County's Premiership visit. 

    Defender Kieran Kennedy and striker Jacob Blyth could feature after illness and injury respectively. 

    But defender Steven Hammell and midfielder Carl McHugh miss out. 

    County captain Paul Quinn is doubtful after picking up a hamstring strain in the midweek defeat to Celtic.

    Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley
    Image caption: Motherwell hope Keith Lasley will be passed fit to start in midfield
  4. Motherwell become fan-owned club for £1

  5. Motherwell become fan owned

    Motherwell have become the latest Scottish club to move into fan ownership after the Well Society and Les Hutchison concluded a takeover agreement. 

    The Well Society supporters group has assumed a 76% shareholding from Hutchison for £1 following talks that lasted most of this year. 

    The Barbados-based Scot had purchased the club for the same amount in January 2015 from previous owner John Boyle and plugged debts with interest-free loans. 

    A Well Society statement read: "An important element in the agreement is that loan repayments for the first three years will be made from a percentage of player transfer income only. 

    "This means that the club will not be burdened with loan repayments from regular income during this period but will still benefit from player transfers by receiving a percentage of transfer fee income. 

    "After the initial three-year period, outstanding loans will be repaid on a fixed payment schedule. All of these factors protect the financial security of the club."

    Les Hutchison at Fir Park
    Image caption: Les Hutchison bought the club from business John Boyle last year
  6. Cummings set to return for Hibs?

    Hibernian v St Mirren (15:00 Saturday)

    Bryn Palmer

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Hibernian top scorer Jason Cummings could return to the side for Saturday’s home game against St Mirren on Saturday as he seeks to end a ‘streaky’ patch for the Championship leaders.

    The striker started the season with eight goals in seven games before going four games without a goal, and was left on the bench for last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Dunfermline.

    But with Jason Keatings ruled out for four-to-six weeks with a torn knee ligament, Cummings could get the chance to revive his form against the Buddies, who won 2-1 at Easter Road in the Challenge Cup earlier this month.

    "Jason is our leading goal-scorer but he has gone off the boil a little bit,” head coach Neil Lennon told BBC Scotland.  "We have to remember he is only 21, so he is going to have streaky periods in the season.  

    "But he looks more like himself on the training field and he is definitely in contention to start. Martin Boyle came off the bench last week and did very well, so we have got healthy competition there."

    Dylan McGeouch has returned to training but Saturday will come too soon for the midfielder, as Hibs aim to extend their three-point lead while second-placed Dundee United travel to third-placed Queen of the South.

    "Can we take advantage of that? There is no reason why we can’t and confidence is good at the moment," Lennon added.

    Jason Cummings in action for Hibs against St Mirren in the Challenge Cup earlier this month
    Image caption: Cummings started the season superbly but his form has tailed off in the last month
  7. Davidson and Scully injury blows

    St Johnstone v Partick Thistle (15:00)

    St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson will miss the visit by Partick Thistle as he will see a specialist next week after aggravating an ankle injury in midweek against Rangers. 

    Defenders Tam Scobbie, Keith Watson and Ally Gilchrist are all close to comebacks but will miss out again. 

    Thorsten Stuckmann will take over in goal for Thistle after Ryan Scully dislocated his shoulder against Dundee with an injury that could rule him out until well into the new year. 

    Midfielder Abdul Osman and defender Liam Lindsay are both rated 50/50 to start after picking up dead legs in the same game. 

    Goalkeeper Tomas Cerny, defender Mustapha Dumbuya and midfielders Stuart Bannigan and Steven Lawless remain sidelined.

    Murray Davidson and Ryan Scully
    Image caption: Murray Davidson and Ryan Scully are sidelined through injury
  8. Fixture re-arranged

    Celtic's home Scottish Premiership match with St Johnstone has been re-arranged for Tuesday 24 January, with a 19:45 kick-off.

    The match was originally meant to be played on Saturday 26 November but had been postponed due to Celtic's involvement in the League Cup final the following day against Aberdeen.

    Celtic beat Saints 4-2 at McDiarmid Park in August.

    St Johnstone's Murray Davidson (left) and David Wotherspoon with Scott Sinclair
  9. Clark considers Coulibaly kidnap!

    Jonathan Sutherland

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark admits he may have a fight on his hands come the January transfer window to hold on to top scorer Souleymane Coulibaly.

    The 22-year-old striker from Ivory Coast has scored nine goals from 15 appearances already this season, several of them spectacular efforts.

    Clark is considering some extreme efforts to keep Coulibaly at Rugby Park.

    “We’re hoping to take him away somewhere when the January window is open and just make sure he’s not aware of it - and then, as soon as January ends, we’ll let him back out again," he joked. 

    "That might be the answer!”

    But Clark admits it would be a worry for his side if they were to lose Coulibaly in the winter window.

    “I have to say yes, it would be very worrying because if something was to happen and you were to lose your top goalscorer with our financial constraints it would be difficult to replace a goalscorer for another one," he added.

    Souleymane Coulibaly with some big boots
    Image caption: Anyone replacing Souleymane Coulibaly would have big boots to fill
  10. Lennon not surprised by Brown return

    Bryn Palmer

    BBC Scotland

  11. Lindsay extends Partick Thistle deal

  12. Windass and Burn could start

    Rangers v Kilmarnock (Saturday 15:00)

    Rangers' Josh Windass has recovered from a dead leg picked up against St Johnstone in midweek and should be available to face Kilmarnock. 

    Fellow midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter, plus defender Danny Wilson, remain sidelined. 

    Defender Jonathan Burn could return for Kilmarnock but would wear a face mask after his operation for a broken nose. 

    Charlee Adams, Jack Paterson, Greg Kiltie, Callum McFadzean, Dean Hawkshaw and Dapo Kayode are all still missing through injury for the Ayrshire side.

    Kenny Miller replaces Josh Windass for Rangers in midweek
    Image caption: Kenny Miller came on for the injured Josh Windass for Rangers in midweek
  13. McKay doubt for Caley Thistle

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Hearts (Saturday 15:00)

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle will be without striker Alex Fisher and midfielder Larnell Cole once more through injury for Hearts' Premiership visit. 

    Defender Brad McKay is also a doubt after suffering a suspected fractured finger in the midweek win away to Motherwell. 

    Back-up goalkeeper Ryan Esson and defender Kevin McNaughton remain on the sidelines for the Highlanders. 

    Winger Sam Nicholson is Hearts' only absentee after undergoing knee surgery.

    Caley Thistle defender Brad McKay
    Image caption: Brad McKay picked up an injury in the midweek win over Motherwell
  14. Same again for Accies, changes for Dee?

    Hamilton Academical v Dundee (Saturday 15:00)

    Hamilton Academical player-boss Martin Canning could be tempted to keep the same line-up that beat second-top Aberdeen in midweek as Dundee visit tomorrow.

    That's despite influential midfielder Massimo Donati being expected to be available after recovering from a back problem ahead of facing the Premiership's bottom side. 

    Defenders Dan Seaborne and Jesus Garcia Tena, midfielders Darren Lyon and Craig Watson, plus goalkeeper Remi Matthews, remain sidelined through injury. 

    Dundee are again without midfielder Mark O'Hara and forward Faissal El Bakhtaoui through injury. 

    Meanwhile, midfielder Nicky Low is still struggling with an ankle injury. 

    Manager Paul Hartley may make changes in defence after Kevin Gomis went off 35 minutes into the midweek defeat by Partick Thistle.

    Massimo Donati celebrates scoring for Hamilton
    Image caption: Midfielder Massimo Donati is fit again for Hamilton
  15. Top two at full strength?

    Aberdeen v Celtic (Saturday 12:00)

    Second-top Aberdeen could be at full strength as they attempt to reduce Celtic's seven-point Premiership lead at Pittodrie tomorrow. 

    Defender Ash Taylor and striker Jayden Stockley could both be added to the squad, while fit-again captain Ryan Jack is vying for a start in midfield after gaining match fitness with Dons' reserves. 

    Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is likely to revert to his first-choice line-up after bringing in eight players for the midweek win over Ross County. 

    Captain Scott Brown is back after missing the Dingwall trip following the birth of his third child.

    Could that have been a factor in the midfielder's decision to return to the Scotland set-up?

    Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Jack
    Image caption: Captain Ryan Jack could return to the Aberdeen midfield against Celtic
  16. Lennon backs Brown decision

    Bryn Palmer

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Scott Brown retired prematurely from international football and still has plenty to offer Scotland, according to Hibernian manager Neil Lennon. 

    Lennon, who managed Brown in his four years as Celtic boss, says the midfielder's decision to return to the fold would boost Gordon Strachan's squad for the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on 11 November.

    "It is not really a surprise because I thought he retired too early," Lennon told BBC Scotland. 

    "I think last season his injuries took a toll on him and we didn't see the best of him, but certainly this season he is looking far more like himself again and playing very well, which will be an asset to Scotland.

    "He is only 31 and there is plenty more to come from him. I thought his decision was premature anyway."

  17. 'The German team'

    Now, a pub sign in Glasgow informing customers that Celtic were playing "Borussia Monch... a German team" could do worse than get in touch with Irish rugby favourite Paul O'Connell, who had no such problem with the Bundesliga side's name on Question of Sport.

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    Video caption: Question of Sport cracker from O'Connell