Scottish football news: Celtic, Partick Thistle

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Monday's headlines

  • Celtic fly out on Champions League duty
  • Addison warns Killie new boys after 'wake-up call'
  • McMillan drug ban reduced after appeal
  • Toure excited to be reunited with 'top manager' Rodgers
  • Celtic launch new pink third strip

Celtic fly out minus new signing

Kolo Toure shows off his new kit
Kolo Toure will not play against Astana on Wednesday

Celtic fly out to Kazakhstan ahead of Wednesday's first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Astana but there are no new faces on the plane.

Weekend signing Kolo Toure, the Ivory Coast defender released by Liverpool, is not in the squad.

It is possible for the Scottish champions to add a "wildcard" signing ahead of Tuesday evening's deadline for this round and morning newspapers have linked Celtic with a bid for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair.

However, it does not appear that there will be an addition to the squad ahead of the first leg.

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Killie new boys must 'get up to speed'

Miles Addison in action for Kilmarnock against Morton
Kilmarnock travel to face Berwick on Tuesday before hosting Albion Rovers on Saturday

Kilmarnock vice-captain Miles Addison admits Saturday's 2-0 League Cup humbling by Championship side Morton is a wake-up call for the club's new recruits.

Boss Lee Clark has signed 11 players - the oldest of whom is just 22 - after a summer clear-out.

"Quite a few of the boys who came in have not really played much first-team football," Addison noted. "If they weren't sure what they were in for, they will know now. The result is a wake-up call for everyone.

"After what we went through last season we can't afford to get off to a slow start. We need these new boys to get up to speed as quickly as possible. We haven't got time for everyone to settle in."

McMillan can return after drug ban

Jordan McMillan
Jordan McMillan was with Partick Thistle for two years until 2015

Jordan McMillan, the former Partick Thistle defender banned for failing a drugs test, is free to return to training next month.

The 27-year-old has denied knowingly taking cocaine after it was found in his system after a game between Celtic and Thistle in December 2014, and has fought to clear his name.

His two-year playing suspension was due to expire in December but has now been reduced following an appeal to the National Anti-Doping Panel.

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Celtic present new signing - and strip

Celtic's new third strip
Celtic's new third strip has been launched by the Scottish champions

Kolo Toure, the 35-year-old Ivory Coast defender, is looking forward to "something really special" at Celtic after signing a one-year deal.

Toure is reunited with Brendan Rodgers, who was his manager at Liverpool.

"He did a great job at Swansea then he came to Liverpool, did a great job again, and I am sure he will do a great job here," said Toure.

Meanwhile, Celtic have launched a new pink and black third strip, which is inspired by the colour of the match ticket for the Glasgow club's European Cup final victory in 1967.

Hearts show off new kit

Left to right Faycal Rherras, John Souttar, Alim Ozturk, Igor Rossi and Arnaud Djoum
Hearts players model the new away kit

Hearts are also in the pink, showing off their new change strip.

Yellow and pink were the horse racing colours of former prime minister, Archibald Primrose, the fifth Earl of Rosebury, who was president of the Scottish FA and served as a honorary president of the Tynecastle club.

Transfer news

Celtic defender Fiacre Kelleher, 20, is on the move to Peterhead for a six-month loan spell.

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