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Summary

  1. Ian Cathro favourite to be named Hearts head coach
  2. Dembele is 'exceptional' says Guardiola
  3. Celtic train ahead of Manchester City clash
  4. BBC to show Raith Rovers v Hearts in Scottish Cup

Live Reporting

By Andrew Southwick and Kenny Crawford

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

That's all for today. Keep an eye on the site later when we'll bring you news on what Brendan Rodgers has to say ahead of tomorrow's Champions League farewell at Manchester City.

And there might be some more news on Hearts' pursuit of Ian Cathro.

Tune into Sportsound

Sportsound is on BBC Radio Scotland from 18:30, with Scott McDonald and Barry Ferguson in the studio with host Kenny Macintyre.

There will be discussion on Hearts target Ian Cathro and hopefully we'll hear some of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' media conference in Manchester.

Watch: Beith Juniors no match for Morton

Kenny Crawford went along to see the Scottish Junior Cup winners take on Championship opposition in the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Celtic ready for final Champions League game

The Champions League ball was out this morning as Celtic trained at a frosty Lennoxtown.

The squad are en route to Manchester for tommorow's final Champions League group game against City.

Celtic will finish last in Group C, no matter the result, while City are guaranteed to progress to the last 16 in second place.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will be giving his pre-match media conference around 19:00 this evening.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers shows a nice touch
Celtic players at training
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No gloves or tracksuit bottoms for skipper Scott Brown (right)
Craig Gordon
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Will it be a busy night for goalkeeper Craig Gordon at the Etihad Stadium?

Killie's Clark ready for 'unbelievably tough game'

Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark is taking no notice of Aberdeen's recent losses in Glasgow.

The Dons thumped Killie 4-0 at Rugby Park in October, although tomorrow's visitors to Pittodrie are buoyed by a 2-0 win over Dundee on Saturday.

"We are confident after the weekend but not complacent and we know it is going to be an unbelievably tough game," said Clark.

"Aberdeen are a good side, they showed that when they beat us earlier in the season. They have some terrific attacking players who can open you up at will. 

"I know they have lost their last two games but we are not taking any interest in that. They have set such high standards, they have been the closest challengers to Celtic. If you have been the second best team in the league when you take them on in the league - I know it was a cup final recently - they cannot be looking to go there and get draws, they have to try to beat them because they eventually want to take over them. 

"Rangers have come on board now and they don't want Rangers to take their place and they are trying to close the gap on Celtic as well. They can't take a pragmatic approach like ourselves, when we try to be solid and set up differently. Aberdeen are there to challenge those two clubs and by going head-to-head with them, maybe that has contributed to the two results they had. 

"They will be looking to bounce back which is even more motivation for them and I don't think it would have affected their confidence. But we know if we go there with a good game plan, we stick to it, we are strong, physical and play for each other we give ourselves a chance to get a result." 

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
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McInnes calls for calm after Old Firm defeats

Manager Derek McInnes says it's important the team and support stick together after a tough six days which saw Aberdeen lose the League Cup final to Celtic, followed by a 2-1 loss against Rangers at Ibrox.

"It's important we stay calm," he said ahead of tomorrow's Premiership game with Kilmarnock. "It's two defeats in Glasgow against Celtic and Rangers. 

"We've not been at home since October, we've got three home games now that we want to try and maximise. If we win all three home games we go back to second in the league. 

"We know what the team is capable of and hopefully we can show that. I know people are disappointed. The fans have had a tough nine days or so and I get that and we feel for them. But it is important that we all stick together, make sure we get some wins on the board and hopefully we come out of December in a good shape."

Aberdeen lose at Ibrox
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Dembele an 'exceptional player' - Guardiola

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland in Manchester

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was asked about in-demand Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

The 20-year-old Frenchman has been attracting attention since his move from Fulham in the summer and Guardiola admits he is a fan. 

The former Barcelona boss watched Dembele score twice against his side in the 3-3 draw with the Scottish champions in September.

Guardiola said: "If you read the newspapers, Manchester City have been linked to around 126 players every year but what can I say? I think he's an exceptional player."

Pep Guardiola (left) and Moussa Dembele
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Guardiola congratulates Dembele after the 3-3 draw at Celtic Park

Guardiola expects 'tough test' from Celtic

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland in Manchester

Manchester City manager Pep Gaurdiola admits he will make changes for the Champions League clash at the Ethiad Stadium - a game that will have no bearing on the final group C standings. 

City will finish second behind Barcelona, with Celtic guaranteed to finish last - a position that means they drop out of Europe completely.  

"CeltIc played so aggressive in the first game - so my impression is good," said the Spaniard.

The sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in Glasgow in September but Celtic have only managed one more point in the competition since.  

"They have good wingers in (Patrick) Roberts and (Scott) Sinclair and overall they are a good team - it will be a good test for us," he added. 

"Yes, it's nice to have qualified already but we will respect for the way they play." 

Celtic's James Forrest takes on Aleksander Kolarov
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Celtic's James Forrest takes on Aleksander Kolarov in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City at Celtic Park

Sepp Blatter: Former Fifa president's six-year ban upheld

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter's six-year ban from football has been upheld after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

The 80-year-old Swiss was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as head of football's world governing body ended in a corruption scandal in 2015.

Read full story.

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"I have to accept this decision," said Blatter.

Get Involved - Ian Cathro & Hearts

#bbcsportscot

Ian Cathro: Informed analysis and not blind animosity is required.Some, who don't know him,are almost willing he fails even before he starts

@BBCTomEnglish That will be 3 of the top teams in Scotland with a head coach with little or no playing experience. Players don't like it...

@BBCTomEnglish Its tragic, sadly Scottish football will never progress with the #jobsfortheboys attitude. I think Hears should be applauded.

Scotland's fans targeted with fake invoice after SFA database hack

Thousands of football fans were sent a scam email asking them to pay a bill after a Scottish Football Association database was apparently hacked.

An invoice for £170 was sent to subscribers to the Scotland National Team mailing list just after 09:00.

The email - addressed "Dear Customer" - provided a link for payment, which was a disguised website address.

The SFA said a third-party email database had been compromised and urged recipients to delete the email.

Full story

SFA email
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Five things we learned from the weekend

Rob Maclean

BBC Scotland

Maybe Rangers should be 'irked' by criticism more often... 

Callum Paterson keeps on scoring for Hearts as English interest grows.

Ray McKinnon's impressive rebuild at Tannadice.

Handy Andreu for Dundee United & Ryan Fraser's big impact for Bournemouth.

Read the full article

Dundee United are level on points with Championship leaders Hibs
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Dundee United are level on points with Championship leaders Hibs

Murray Davidson took a 'wee knock' at the weekend

But the Saints midfielder is smiling...

BBC Scotland to screen Raith Rovers v Heart of Midlothian live

The Scottish Cup fourth round tie between Raith Rovers and Heart of Midlothian live on BBC Scotland on Sunday 22 January with a 1:05 kick-off.  

The game will be live on Sportscene and also streamed on the BBC website.

Ex-Hearts man Rudi Skacel is now at Raith Rovers
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Ex-Hearts man Rudi Skacel is now at Raith Rovers

Hearts hope to appoint Ian Cathro and Austin MacPhee as new coaching team

Talks took place over the weekend with Ian Cathro after contact was made with his current club Newcastle United.

Austin MacPhee, also in contention for the role of Performance Director at the Scottish Football Association, has spoken to Hearts as well and is weighing up his options.

He is part of Michael O'Neill's coaching team at Northern Ireland.

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Austin MacPhee attended Rangers' win over Aberdeen on Saturday
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Austin MacPhee attended Rangers' win over Aberdeen on Saturday

Watch: Rangers beat Aberdeen to go second

Watch as Rangers beat Aberdeen 2-1 in the big clash at Ibrox on Saturday.You can also watch Motherwell and Celtic's seven goal thriller at Fir Park, Ross County and Hearts's exciting draw in Dingwall, and the rest of the weekend highlights on the Scottish football index.

Today's gossip

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Hearts are on the brink of appointing Newcastle United coach Ian Cathro as the new head coach at Tynecastle - the 30 year old is expected to be confirmed as Robbie Neilson's replacement within the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus reckons Celtic might as well be handed the Scottish Premiership title just now. The Parkhead side are eight points clear of second-placed Rangers with three games in hand. (Sun)

Rangers and Celtic representatives attended a meeting with those from many European clubs in Amsterdam to discuss the re-shaping of European competition, after concerns about a potential revamping of the Champions League that could make it harder for Scotland's champions to qualify.  (Daily Express)

Read all the latest Scottish football gossip here

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to all the latest news and updates from Scottish football.

We will have all the latest from Hearts managerial search, all the build-up to Celtic's final Champions League clash of the season away to Manchester City, as well as everything else happening in Scottish football today.