Scotland's papers: Troops on vaccine standby and row over NHS bonus

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The first minister has called in the army to help with the launch of the Covid vaccination programme, according to The Times. The paper says 20 "military planners" are working with Scottish government ministers and NHS officials on how mass testing will be rolled out.
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The Daily Telegraph says similar plans are being made in England, with the armed forces and health service making urgent preparations to start distributing the vaccine by the weekend. The paper also carries a photo of US President-elect Joe Biden with his foot in a medical boot under the caption: "Didn't the other guy get the boot?"
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The Herald says Scotland's leading economic think tank has issued a "stinging critique" of Nicola Sturgeon's plan for a tax-free £500 coronavirus bonus for NHS and care staff. The Fraser of Allander Institute has described the first minister's plea to Boris Johnson not to tax the money as muddled, saying it would reward the rich more than the poor and was overtly political.
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The Scottish Daily Mail leads with the first minister being accused of "stoking up division" by calling on the Treasury to make sure the full £500 went to every eligible NHS and adult social care worker.
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Conversely, The National says Tory bosses have demanded Scotland's NHS workers "say thank you" to Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the bonus being given to them by the Scottish government. The paper highlights a tweet from the Scottish Conservatives which said: "UK Government spending means Scottish NHS and social care workers will get a £500 bonus. Join us in saying #ThankYouRishi."
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The Scottish Sun says former first minister Alex Salmond has issued a "direct challenge" to Nicola Sturgeon's handling of the coronavirus pandemic by releasing his own Covid "action plan". The paper says Mr Salmond's "first major foray" into politics since being cleared of sex assault allegations has sparked speculation that he is plotting a shock comeback.
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The Scotsman leads with the UK's fiscal watchdog warning that a no-deal Brexit would hit sectors of industry which have so far been resilient to the pandemic restrictions. The Office for Budget Responsibility has told MPs that manufacturing, financial services and agriculture would be badly affected by a failure to agree an EU withdrawal deal.
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The Daily Record says former Rangers chairman Dave King is to sell his entire 20% stake in the club to fans. The supporters' group Club 1872 is said to have been offered the chance to buy the South Africa-based businessman's shares for £13m.
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The Glasgow Times splashes on the same Rangers story, with Mr King saying his decision to sell to supporters will secure the future of the club. The paper also carries an interview with the family of a hospital porter who caught Covid-19 just a week after returning to work following an eight-month absence while recovering from a quadruple heart bypass.
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The i leads with the latest blow to UK high streets, with all of Debenhams' 124 UK stores being set to close after the failure of last-ditch efforts to rescue the ailing store chain. The paper also reports on the first minister announcing there will be no immediate changes to Scotland's coronavirus restrictions.
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The Metro describes the collapse of Debenhams and fellow store chain Arcadia as a "high street bloodbath". Arcadia's brands include Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton.
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The Courier says high streets in Dundee, Angus and Perth face a "turbulent post-pandemic future" as stores continue to close after mounting up huge losses since lockdown restrictions were introduced.
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The Daily Express carries a call from the prime minister for shoppers to "buy British and bring festive cheer". It is part of the paper's Brilliantly British campaign, which the paper says has been launched "to protect jobs and a give a crucial shot in the arm to UK businesses".
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The Daily Star leads on I'm A Celebrity star Shane Richie revealing he lost a holiday camp job after mistaking a passenger ferry for a Royal Navy warship which he was supposed to welcome home from the Falklands.
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The Press and Journal focuses on the north east of Scotland remaining on level two of Covid restrictions - but with business leaders warning they still face a financial crisis.
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The Evening Express focuses on fears that the north east could yet face tougher restrictions after a rise in case numbers - particularly in Aberdeenshire.
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The Edinburgh News says the Edinburgh International Conference Centre is set to be used as a "super centre" for mass Covid testing.
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The Evening Telegraph leads with the impending closure of the Debenhams store in Dundee, which has been described as a "huge loss" to the city's business sector.

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