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Summary

  1. Celtic holding AGM
  2. Rodgers coy over Gerrard link
  3. Motherwell boss Mark McGhee issued with SFA notice of complaint

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By Thomas McGuigan and Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

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Mansfield appoint Evans as new boss

Former Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been confirmed as Mansfield Town's manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The Scot replaces Adam Murray, who left on Monday.

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Tonight's show features former players Mark Wilson and Andrew Barrowman and discussion topics include life after playing, with Barrowman's choice particularly interesting...

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Barrowman played for 14 different clubs and had two spells at Dunfermline

Montrose and Hegarty part company

Scottish League Two side Montrose announce they have parted company with manager Paul Hegarty.

The Dundee United legend had been in charge since February 2015, but with his side just one place and two points above bottom spot the decision has been made to bring his tenure to an end.

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Lawell predicts major changes in European football

Celtic AGM

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell says the European football landscape will change in the next decade, with cross-border competitions a possibility.

Lawwell believes evolution of European competitions is inevitable at the end of the current Champions League format in 2021.

He insists that Celtic are in a position to influence the change, though, to try to protect their status and interests.

“There will be change, whether that’s to the Champions League, a European League, an expanded European League, an Atlantic League,” Lawwell said.

“We’re in a good seat to be an influence. There’s a lot of frustration and dissatisfaction at European level pointing to some form of elite competition, and clubs from the second tier who want to part of that.

“There were changes in the Champions League format which have been favourable to the elite, but we maintained the champions route.

“There is nothing definitive, but there is a movement towards change at the top, middle and bottom tiers of European football.

“Where there’s dissatisfaction, you’d think that would lead to change. We’re well-placed to be involved in discussions.”

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawell
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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawell

Whistlers announced

Referee John Beaton will warm up for next weekend's Scottish League Cup final between Aberdeen and Celtic by officiating at Saturday's Premiership match between St Johnstone and Ross County.

Don Robertson will be the fourth official at Hampden and he takes charge of Kilmarnock v Celtic on Friday evening.

Referee appointments on SPFL website

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Beaton was in charge of Hibs' 1-1 draw with Falkirk on Saturday

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Price of Football study to be released

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Rodgers coy on Gerrard link

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard possesses the qualities to move into coaching or management, but played down speculation of him joining Celtic.

Gerrard has announced his departure from LA Galaxy, and was immediately linked with a move to Glasgow to reunite with his former Liverpool manager.

"Players coming into the club I never speculate on or speak about," Rodgers said. "With regards to Steven, he's been an incredible player.

"I had a number of years with him at Liverpool when he was absolutely brilliant for me. As a young manager going into such a great club and having the captain and real senior player there, to be able to work closely with him, learn about the club and work together on the field was fantastic. 

"But in terms of the speculation, I'm not sure where it's come from. Players coming into the club will remain private."

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Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard formed a bond when working together at Liverpool

"[Coaching] is something I'm sure he would want to do. Back [at Liverpool], him and Kolo Toure were doing their B Licence coaching badges - I know that Kolo has just passed his, which is great for him - but they were both great warriors and players. 

"I'm sure if they want to stay in the game beyond the playing side then the coaching element is something they'll look to. 

"Steven certainly had those qualities, but it's what you then want to do with that, being a coach or a manager is hard work. 

"If you want to make it your profession then there's a lot of study and work that needs to go into it. If it's something he wants to do, then he has the experience to hopefully go and do that."

Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers during their Liverpool days
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Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers during their Liverpool days

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What's on the back pages?

  • Gordon Strachan has told his SFA bosses he doesn't intend to quit as Scotland manager despite losing last week's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley
  • Celtic have a £20m asset on their hands in the form of striker Moussa Dembele, according to former Fulham boss Kit Symons  
  • Former Scotland midfielder Craig Burley has criticised Scott Brown over the Celtic captain's decision to reverse his international retirement  
  • Former Rangers star Gavin Rae is backing Mark Warburton to get things right at Ibrox despite losing his two marquee summer signings

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