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Wednesday's headlines

  • Watt joins Hearts on season-long loan
  • Gauld swaps Portuguese clubs in loan move
  • Unacceptable conduct regulations tightened by SPFL
  • Celtic face Lincoln Red Imps in Champions League qualifying
  • Aberdeen's McLean wants to avoid a repeat of loss to minnows
  • Lennon confident 'underdogs' Hibs can beat Brondby

Watt completes loan switch to Hearts

Tony Watt has been capped once by Scotland
Watt made his first appearance for Scotland in a friendly win in Prague this year

Hearts have signed former Celtic striker Tony Watt on a season-long loan from Charlton Athletic.

The 22-year-old spent the latter half of the last campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

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Board changes for SPFL

Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell and Partick Thistle managing director Ian Maxwell have been voted on to the Scottish Professional Football League board at Hampden Park as the three new Premiership representatives.

Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster was voted on as Championship representative, while Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson failed to get re-elected.

The clubs have agreed to tighten regulations on unacceptable conduct, although it falls short of the much-discussed strict liability.

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Gauld moves on loan but remains in Portugal

Former Dundee United midfielder Ryan Gauld has joined Vitoria Setubal on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon. Gauld, 20, has made just two first team appearances for Sporting since joining from United two years ago.

Celtic aim to spare their blushes against Lincoln Red Imps

Lincoln Red Imps
Lincoln Red Imps trained at Celtic Park ahead of tonight's second leg

It was the result that sent shockwaves throughout European football: Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 Celtic.

Now Brendan Rodgers' side have the chance to put things right in tonight's second leg at Celtic Park and progress to the third round of Champions League qualifying.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald says the first leg defeat was damaging for the reputation of Scottish football, but has backed his old side to make it through to the next round.

"It's all about getting through the tie," McDonald told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It has been an embarrassment to the game up here a little bit. It's up to Celtic now to get through this tie and make sure they progress and get better and better and hopefully qualify for the Champions League.

"If they can do that then this will only be a blip to the start of the season and that's what you can put it down to. If they can get that early goal then hopefully that can open up the floodgates."

Follow all the action from Celtic v Lincoln Red Imps tonight on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW from 1830 this evening, and via our live text coverage at the BBC Sport website.

No repeat of embarrassing Luxembourg loss - McLean

Kenny McLean
Kenny McLean says Aberdeen have learned from the mistakes made in their defeat to Fola Esch

Kenny McLean has assured Aberdeen's supporters there will be no repeat of their embarrassing defeat in Luxembourg when they play FK Ventspils in Latvia.

The Dons take a 3-0 lead into Thursday's second leg of their Europa League qualifying tie, but their preparations have been disrupted by a lengthy travel delay due to a fault in their plane.

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Lennon believes 'underdogs' Hibs can spring a shock

Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon thinks Hibs can shock Brondby in Denmark and progress in Europa League qualifying

Hibernian have set off for Denmark ahead of the second leg of their second round Europa League qualifier against Brondby.

Hibs trail 1-0 from the first leg, but manager Neil Lennon says although his side go in as underdogs, he is confident they can pull off a shock and progress to the next round.

"They are a very good European team," Lennon said Thursday's opponents.

"In terms of Scandinavia they are one of the top teams. We're obviously the underdogs going into the game but to me it wouldn't be a massive surprise (if Hibs win).

"For a lot of the players it's their first time playing away in a European environment so they're going to have to acclimatise very quickly to the surroundings and to the tempo of the game."

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