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Summary

  1. Dundee United try to sign Hearts striker Conor Sammon on loan
  2. Hearts boss Ian Cathro insists Sammon remains part of his plans
  3. Striker Rory Low can go out on loan - Dundee boss Paul Hartley
  4. Hamilton's Greg Docherty ruled out for eight weeks with broken foot

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan and Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

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  2. Docherty loss a blow - Canning

    Commenting on the news midfielder Greg Docherty faces two months out, Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning said: "He broke his fifth metatarsal so he will be out for a long period of time, which is a blow because Greg has done fantastically well this season.

    "But when one door closes for someone it opens for someone else, so we will see who steps in."

    Greg Docherty
    Image caption: Docherty was injured against Rangers on Friday
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    Video caption: Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle: Rodgers 'can't ask anymore' from side

    Brendan Rodgers praises his Celtic side's "incredible effort" after they move 14 points clear at the top of the Premiership.

  4. Walker 'needs to be influencing games'

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    Hearts winger Jamie Walker was happy his booking for simulation against Rangers was rescinded on appeal and he believes he needs to respond to the responsibility of being the team's main creative player.

    "It was clear to see it was a free-kick [at Ibrox] and I kind of knew myself it would be rescinded," said Walker, who received a two-match ban earlier in the season for diving against Celtic.

    "I'm delighted to get it out of the way. John Beaton was the referee as well in the first game of the season [against Celtic], so I don't know if it was something to do with that, you'd need to ask him.

    "There's a lot of onus on me, I'm 23 and I need to be influencing games quite a lot. I've added goals to my game and hopefully I can keep that going."

    Jamie Walker
    Image caption: Walker has scored seven goals so far this season
  5. Cathro on possible January business

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    As well as discussing Conor Sammon's situation, Hearts head coach Ian Cathro spoke about his plans for the Tynecastle squad over the next few weeks.

    Hearts face Dundee, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen before the January transfer window opens.

    "Business is something which is going to happen, but what's important is that I'm at a point of trying to do a lot of things very quickly but we've also got to stay focused on the most important thing, the game on Friday, the game on Tuesday and the game on the following Friday," said Cathro.

    "We don't have a massive number of players and we need everybody pushing and fighting to give each other the absolute best shot they have at what we have ahead of ourselves in the next 10 days.

    "Whilst that's going on, I have a job to do in assessing how things are and to have an idea of where I would like to move the squad when we can do business in January.

    "We will begin work on that but we're not in a position where we can take even one percent off the focus on the next 10 days."

    Ian Cathro
    Image caption: Cathro took over from Robbie Neilson earlier this month
  6. Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Scotland

    Conor Sammon in action for Hearts

    Dundee United want to sign Conor Sammon on an emergency loan but Hearts boss Ian Cathro says the striker is part of his plans.

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  7. Wright 'can't put finger on' Saints' home discomfort

    Tommy Wright admits he is mystified why St Johnstone excel away from home but continue to struggle in Perth. 

    The Northern Irishman's side have won just three of their nine matches at McDiarmid Park, with last weekend's 1-1 draw with Motherwell providing more frustration.

    But Saints have impressed on their way to collecting 13 points from eight games on their travels, ahead of Friday's trip to Kilmarnock.

    "I can't be anything but pleased with our away form so far. We've only had one defeat and even that came in the last minute at Inverness," Wright said.

    "We've been excellent on the road. We probably should have won at Ibrox and Hearts and could have won at Aberdeen. 

    "Is there a reason for that? We've made fewer mistakes and that's the bottom line. "We don't set up much differently than we do at home but all our big mistakes and costly errors seem to come at McDiarmid.

    "I can't put my finger on why that is. The shape doesn't change from how we play week to week, so there's no logical reason for why we make more mistakes at home." 

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines
    Image caption: Wright's Saints side sit fifth in the Premiership, four points behind Hearts in fourth
  8. Sammon unaffected by boos - Cathro

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    Hearts head coach Ian Cathro says Conor Sammon has not been affected by fans booing his appearance as a substitute against Partick Thistle.

    The striker has "trained very well" this week and did not need words of consolation or support from the Tynecastle staff, according to Cathro.

    He also remains part of Cathro's immediate plans, despite being linked with an emergency loan move to Dundee United.

    "There's nothing there," Cathro said of the speculation. "I can understand it from their point of view, if that's the type of player they're looking for.

    "From our side, no, and [he'll be in Friday's squad against Dundee]. He's a strong player, a very focused guy, a top professional.

    "His work every day has been exemplary, so there's no call for him to need support [after the booing]. Trust me, he's fine and he's an important player."

    Conor Sammon
    Image caption: Sammon has scored twice since joining Hearts in the summer
  9. Loy can go out on loan, says Dundee boss

    Dundee manager Paul Hartley says striker Rory Loy is free to go out on loan in January.

    Loy, 28, has found his first-team opportunities restricted in recent weeks.

    "Rory came to me last week to ask to go on loan and we have granted that because he needs to play minutes," said Hartley.

    "With the age he's at, he wants to play first-team football. It's been a frustrating season for him.

    "Strikers always want a run of games to try to score, so it's important for his self-confidence he gets some time on the pitch and builds that up. For both parties we feel it's the best thing to do.

    "Sometimes it is too easy to sit on the bench and not play. But Rory wants to sample first-team football."

    Rory Loy and Paul Hartley
  10. Post update

    Michael Devlin
    Image caption: Hamilton Academical captain Michael Devlin was getting into the festive spirit at New Douglas Park earlier today - his side host Premiership leaders Celtic on Saturday
  11. Dundee Utd try to sign Sammon on loan

    Dundee United are attempting to sign Hearts striker Conor Sammon on an "emergency loan" basis, reports BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin.

    The promotion-chasing Tangerines, level on points with leaders Hibs at the top of the Championship, are keen on securing the services of the striker ahead of this Saturday's home match against St Mirren.

    If the two clubs and the player can reach agreement, it is possible Sammon could extend his stay at United until the end of the season on a loan basis when the January transfer window opens. 

    The 30-year old-joined Hearts in the summer on a three year contract after leaving Derby County, but has only scored two goals in 14 appearances.  

    Conor Sammon in action for Hearts
    Image caption: Will Conor Sammon be making the leap from Tynecastle to Tannadice?
  12. Docherty blow for Accies

    One player who won't feature in the rest of the festive fixture programme is Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty.

    The 20-year-old suffered a foot injury in Accies' 2-1 Premiership defeat by Rangers and will undergo an operation this Friday, 23 December.

    He is expected to be ruled out for around eight weeks, so will be sidelined until mid-February.

    Hamilton's Greg Docherty receives treatment after suffering a foot injury against Rangers
    Image caption: Docherty has featured in 22 games for Accies this season
  13. Kilmarnock's 'exiles' forge festive spirit - Jones

    Jordan Jones thinks the united nations of Kilmarnock will help create a sense of togetherness during a hectic festive period away from their families. 

    The 22-year-old midfielder was one of 17 players manager Lee Clark signed during the summer, including 13 from English clubs.

    Jones joined Kilmarnock after being released by Middlesbrough, where his girlfriend has remained, but he is in good company at Rugby Park.

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    Jordan Jones poses with a Christmas decoration and a Kilmarnock scarf
    Image caption: Jones is in festive mood despite being away from family during the Christmas period
  14. What's on the back pages?

    • Ian Cathro is set to make his first big call as Hearts boss — by dumping under-fire striker Conor Sammon. The Jambos are in advanced talks with Dundee United about a loan deal for the Irishman
    • Robert Snodgrass is set to abandon his lifelong dream of a move to Celtic to commit his future to a club in England's top flight  
    • Rangers manager Mark Warburton has emerged as a surprise contender for the England Under-21s manager's job, but he is unlikely to apply for the position
    • Niall McGinn has appealed to the Red Army to rally round Aberdeen, saying "Stick by us and we will definitely turn this around"

    Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here

    Wednesday's back pages