Scotland storm: Gales batter the country

Largs lifeboat station - pic Susie Simister Scotland took a battering as gales gusted up to 100 mph

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Severe storm-force winds and heavy snowfalls have hit Scotland, disrupting travel, damaging buildings and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.

Gales gusted up to 100mph and heavy snowfalls affected higher routes. Many buildings were damaged.

There was disruption to air, rail, ferry and bus routes.

Wednesday is forecast to be a calmer day but the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 11 flood alerts, most of them for Tayside.

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Late on Tuesday evening, the power companies said about 40,000 customers were still without electricity.

There have been blizzards on the A9 at Aviemore and many roads were affected by fallen trees. Commuters across Scotland have been urged to travel with caution.

Network Rail Scotland said chainsaw gangs were out on the network clearing multiple tree falls and that some debris was so large cranes were being brought in.

A total of 856 fallen trees have been removed from the rail network in Scotland.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said it had attended 488 incidents between 00:00 and 13:00 on Tuesday, with officers mostly having to deal with structural damage from fallen trees and collapsed buildings.

The fire and rescue service warned conditions were still "dangerous" and, with heavy rain forecast, warned the public of water getting into damaged buildings.

Fifteen people were rescued from a boat which was blown away as it was being repaired in a shipyard.

Clyde Coastguard said the fishing vessel was at Ferguson's yard in Port Glasgow when it broke loose and drifted away with the crewmen and workers onboard at about 10:00.

A coastguard spokesman said it was later anchored securely and no one was injured.

Violent storm

The crew of Helensburgh lifeboat rescued five people who had been on board yachts at Rhu marina.

As weather conditions were beyond the operational limits of the RNLI boat, the crew had to reach the yachts by crawling along walkways at the marina. Winds at the marina at the time of the rescue were force 11, violent storm.

Five people were injured when mobile homes were upturned by the wind at Stratheck holiday park near Inverchapel, between Loch Eck and the Holy Loch.

Three remain in hospital in Paisley. One of them, a 35-year-old woman, has been reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

The Aston Hotel in Dumfries suffered major structural damage after the storm ripped off part of its roof.

Wednesday is forecast to be another wet day with some persistent heavy rain, especially in the west, which could lead to some flooding.

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  1.  
    20:52: Join the debate on BBC Scotland Facebook

    Dylan James McKaig: "Astra won 2-1 to Lyon in the play-off round and won by away goals. I can see why from this performance."

    James McKay: "Sorry, I've just had to turn off the Radio Commentary on BBC Scotland of the Celtic EuCup game. I can't handle the 'Jekyll and Hyde' syndrome that Deila has brought to Celtic."

     
  2.  
    Celtic 0-0 Astra Giurgiu 20:51: HALF-TIME
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    20:48:

    A Scott Brown cross takes a deflection and eventually falls for Anthony Stokes, but the Celtic striker's shot is blocked in front of goal by Cristian Oros.

     
  4.  
    20:43:

    All of Celtic's threat is coming from right-back Mikael Lustig and another deep cross finds Stefan Scepovic unmarked only eight yards from goal, but the misfiring striker heads weakly over the crossbar. Celtic's best chance so far.

     
  5.  
    20:43: Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Ray Gaw: "Celtic lucky not to be behind, some great crosses from Lustig, crying out for someone to take a gamble & get there!"

     
  6.  
    20:41:

    John James Donnelly on Facebook: "Come on Celtic, let's have a good performance and get goals."

     
  7.  
    20:39: Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "All of a sudden Astra look pretty tidy and should probably be ahead. Three good chances (two smart Craig Gordon saves and a loose bit of finishing preventing the goals) and the home crowd aren't happy with the ease with which the Celtic defence is being carved open. Celtic have got to be better than this."

     
  8.  
    20:38: Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We have been a bit disrespectful to Astra. We called them the whipping boys of the group, but just now they are playing the better football."

     
  9.  
    20:35:

    An awful ball across the face of his own penalty box by Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew hands a good chance to Gabriel Enache, but the midfielder drives wide from 16 yards.

     
  10.  
    20:34: CLOSE!

    Astra's Vasileios Pliatsikas has to head away a dangerous Mikael Lustig cross to the back post and, although nothing comes of that, the Greek defender goes close to volleying into his own net after another ball looped in by the Swede.

     
  11.  
    20:30: Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "Not much so far to excite the home fans who braved the wind and rain. Celtic have had plenty of possession but are yet to test Silviu Lung in the FC Astra goal."

     
  12.  
    20:27: GREAT SAVE!

    Craig Gordon stretches out a big leg to deny a low drive from Astra's Constantin Budescu. The visitors are piling on the pressure.

     
  13.  
    20:26:

    A superb 22-yard half-volley from Ghanaian midfielder Seidu Yahaya almost takes Craig Gordon by surprise and the Celtic goalkeeper chests it away in unconventional style.

     
  14.  
    20:25:

    It's Astra's turn to exert a bit of pressure on the Celtic defence, but it remains goalless in Glasgow with neither side having seriously threatened.

     
  15.  
    Red Bull Salzburg 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Alan Carvalho) 20:23:

    News from Austria is that Salzburg have taken the lead in the other Group D game through Brazilian defender Alan Carvalho.

     
  16.  
    20:20: Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    cade evans: "We should win tonight, but how inconstant we are under Delia, I wouldn't be surprised if we got less!" Assume you are a Celtic fan there!

     
  17.  
    20:19: Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It is a slow start by Celtic. They are not moving the ball with any urgency. They are maybe a bit worried about this team and are wanting to have a look at them."

     
  18.  
    20:16:

    Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk thumps a free-kick into the Astra defensive wall. Bit of a waste of a good opportunity there. Not exactly a Dutch master!

     
  19.  
    20:13: YELLOW CARD

    Astra midfielder Seydou Yahaya is the first into the referee's book for a lunging challenge as Celtic begin to exert some pressure.

     
  20.  
    20:09:

    Celtic win the first corner of the game and Charlie Mulgrew floats a header harmlessly over the crossbar after being found unmarked in acres of space 14 yards from goal by Anthony Stokes' cross to the far post.

     
  21.  
    20:09:

    Salzburg take on Dinamo Zagreb in the other Group D game in Austria and we'll keep you up to date with that too when we hear of anything.

     
  22.  
    20:07:

    Celtic concede an early free-kick as they whip the ball about the Glasgow pitch, but the Astra cross into the box is too close to home goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

     
  23.  
    20:05: Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "Pretty dreich weather-wise in Glasgow this evening, but the pitch should be nice and slick as a result of the drizzle swirling around the stadium. Celtic have found it difficult to get any momentum this season, but tonight offers an opportunity to build upon the weekend thrashing of Ross County. Their Romanian opponents have had an even more sticky start to the season and lie bottom of Group D. Win here tonight and Celtic are well on the way to the knock-out stage."

     
  24.  
    20:05: KICK-OFF

    Celtic kick off in their traditional green and white hoops, with Astra in all black.

     
  25.  
    20:04:

    Ciaran Fitzgerald: "(3.05 am kick off to follow from singapore) Better be good or ill go car-azy."

     
  26.  
    20:03:
    Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska is all smiles Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska appears to have put his troubles behind him as he warms up
     
  27.  
    20:01:

    Here come the teams on to Celtic Park and the Europa League theme belts out in what looks like a half full stadium.

     
  28.  
    19:59:

    Celtic Park is looking a bit sparse at the moment. Let's hope those seats start to fill so we can get the kind of bouncing European atmosphere for which the stadium is renowned.

     
  29.  
    19:56: Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Martin Law: "I think that Astra are going to park the bus tonight. No, wait..."

     
  30.  
    19:55:

    Astra make two changes from their 1-1 draw with Gaz Metan. Constantin Budescu and Takayuki Seto come into midfield, with striker Aurelian Chitu and midfielder George Florescu, both Romanian internationals, dropping out, which suggests the visitors will be a bit more defensive in Glasgow as they were in their domestic league.

     
  31.  
    19:51: Alasdair Lamont BBC Scotland at Celtic Park

    "A big night this for Stefan Scepovic, who has yet to show what Ronny Deila and Celtic's scouts saw in him prior to his £2m summer move. Stefan Johansen seemed to relish his more advanced role against Ross County following the return of Charlie Mulgrew and the Celtic fans will be hoping for more of the same from him. And, with Mikael Lustig available again at right-back, Celtic look pretty strong."

     
  32.  
    19:44: Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    jackos_da: "Think the wheels will fall off this Astra team tonight." Keep those car puns coming...

     
  33.  
    19:43:

    Celtic's line-up tonight shows only one change - on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti missing out again because he is not registered for the Europa League.

    His place is taken by Serbian forward Stefan Scepovic, whose Celtic career has yet to take off after his summer arrival.

    Goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska is on the bench despite picking up two black eyes after a well-publicised incident in the early hours of Monday morning.

     
  34.  
    19:40:

    Astra qualified for European football for the first time two seasons ago but missed out on the Europa League group stage after losing in the play-off stage.

     
  35.  
    19:38:

    Astra are struggling in their domestic league - as well as in Europe - but it has to be remembered that they defeated French cracks Lyon to qualify for the group stage. Not only that, but they beat another famous name - Steau Bucharest - to win their first major trophy, the Romanian Cup, after a penalty shoot-out last season. They repeated that feat in the Romanian Super Cup as well.

     
  36.  
    19:36:

    Astra have not won a game since mid-September and have drawn two, lost two since, disposing of their head coach in the process.

    Former Soviet Union and Ukraine international Oleg Protasov took charge of his first match as boss at the weekend, having replaced Daniel Isaila, and his side recorded a 1-1 draw away to mid-table Gaz Metan Medias to now sit fourth in Romanian top flight.

     
  37.  
    19:34:

    Celtic returned to winning ways at the weekend with that five-goal thumping of Ross County, but that followed a 1-0 home defeat by surprise Scottish Premiership leaders Hamilton Academical, so Ronny Deila's side can take nothing for granted. As the Celtic manager said yesterday, Astra would probably win the Scottish top flight if they swapped places with the Glasgow side.

     
  38.  
    19:30: On BBC Sport Scotland Facebook

    Euan Maclean: "3-1 Celtic."

    Michael Farrell McGill: "2-0 the hoops"

    Richard Macmillan: "Who are they going to play next, Corsa?"

     
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    19:28: Join the debate

    Give us your thoughts on BBC Sport Scotland Facebook.

     
  40.  
    19:27:

    Astra are minus injured Ghana Under-23 striker Sadat Bukari, while French winger Elliot Grandi, previously of Blackpool, is also missing.

     
  41.  
    19:22:

    The Celtic starting line-up confirms that Kris Commons has failed a fitness test after the high-scoring midfielder also missed Saturday's 5-0 thumping of Ross County.

    Emilio Izaguirre has recovered from an injury he sustained in that match and starts at left-back.

     
  42.  
    19:20: LINE-UPS

    Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen, McGregor, Scepovic, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Tonev, Griffiths, Wakaso, Kayal.

    Astra Giurgiu: Lung Jr, Pliatsikas, Ben Youssef, Oros, Junior Morais, Laban, Yahaya, Enache, Seto, William Amorim, Budescu. Subs: Coman, Florescu, Bukari, Chitu, Fatai, Gaman, Rus.

    Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

     
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    19:19: Join the debate by text on 80295
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    19:17: Join the debate #bbcscotfootball

    Tonight's visitors, Astra, are not named after a model of car by the way. Fotbal Club Astra Giurgiu are from Giurgiu, Romania, where they were founded in 1921 by an oil-company. Are there any other football clubs that might be mistaken for motor vehicles? Send us your ideas.

     
  45.  
    19:14:

    More on that Rangers statement later when we publish the full story. Now it's back to Celtic Park.

     
  46.  
    19:11:

    Dave King is heading back to South Africa and says he still hopeful that the club will accept his £16m investment offer despite no agreement being reached so far.

    "Our initial proposal to the board was to invest the full £16m by way of equity at 20p per share," he says in a statement.

    "The board requested that we consider a debt/equity mix that would reduce dilution for existing shareholders and allow the debt component to be advanced prior to the extended time frame required for the approval of additional equity.

    "We are amenable to this and to working with the board on the mechanics necessary to ensure that this is achieved provided that the full investment is recognised by way of board representation.

    "We wish to appoint an equal number of members to the board and have the key say regarding the appointment of the chairperson.

    "We will not invest funds and let the existing board determine how these funds are spent. That has not worked well in the past."

     
  47.  
    19:10:

    More of the game from Celtic Park to come. However, we can bring you news from across Glasgow, where former director Dave King has issued a fresh statement about his negotiations with Rangers about his proposal to provide vital funding for the cash-strapped Ibrox club.

     
  48.  
    19:08:

    Celtic start tonight's match hot favourites to beat Romanian visitors who sit bottom of Group D after losing their home opener 2-1 against Salzburg before being on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

    Tonight's hosts, meanwhile, sit top after edging out Dinamo 1-0 at home before scraping a 2-2 draw in Austria.

     
  49.  
    19:05:

    Welcome to another European night, hopefully one full of drama, on the BBC Sport website.

    Here we have live text coverage as Celtic host Romanians Astra Giurgiu in the third round of fixtures in Group D of the Europa League.

    If your preference is trannies, you can tweak your dials to BBC Radio Scotland 810MW, where you will find live radio commentary by Liam MacLeod from Celtic Park.

     

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