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SFA chief executive Stewart Regan will battle Fifa for fining Scotland after they wore poppy armbands in the World Cup qualifying defeat by England. Regan will lead an appeal against the £15,700 fine.

Full story: Scottish Sun

Rangers have been given the go-ahead to make a January swoop for Jota after Eibar revealed they will return the midfielder to Brentford. Mark Warburton, who signed Jota two years ago, wants a reunion with his former Bees star. (Various)

Furious Lowland League clubs insist it would be a slap in the face if the Old Firm colt teams are fast-tracked into the SPFL set-up at their expense. (Daily Record)

Brendan Rodgers will give Celtic supporters a glimpse of the future tonight by throwing in some rising stars against Partick Thistle. Jack Aitchison became Celtic's youngest debutant last season, while Calvin Miller, Anthony Ralston and Mikey Johnston have impressed. (Daily Record)

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Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald says it's impossible to get Celtic supporters to turn on their side - because of the progress the club has made under Brendan Rodgers. (Various)

Striker Joe Garner will score goals for Rangers if he is given proper service, according to Ibrox legend Willie Henderson. Garner, 28, has scored three goals since his £1.8m move from Preston and Henderson says the forward needs the ball in the box. (Daily Record)

Under-fire Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has a squad strong enough to finish second in the Premiership this season, according to Dons legend Willie Miller. (Daily Mail)

Hearts players will take time to get used to new manager Ian Cathro's methods, according to defender John Souttar. Hearts, booed off following the draw with Partick Thistle at Tynecastle on Saturday, need to improve quickly says Souttar. "We need to be getting results while we are adapting." (Scottish Sun)

Hibernian forward James Keatings has been impressed by on-loan Celtic star Kris Commons and believes the "top quality" addition to the Championship club will prove an asset to Neil Lennon's squad. (Scottish Sun)

"Every team still wants to beat Rangers," according to former Ibrox defender John Brown. "They still look at Rangers as the top team, the most successful club in the country and that won't change." (The Herald)

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The SFA will wait to receive a written explanation of why they have been fined by Fifa for Scotland players wearing poppies in the World Cup qualifier against England before deciding their course of action.

Full story: The Herald


Andy Murray says he is preparing himself mentally as much as physically and technically for 2017. The world number one says: "It will be really hard to top 2016. I'm trying to prepare myself for that mentally a little bit just now. I'm not taking anything for granted." (Various)

Glasgow Warriors have rewarded Lewis Wynne's impressive start to the season with a two-and-a-half-year professional contract. (The National)

Scottish golf needs the "Andy Murray effect" to help bring down the average age of the country's European Tour players from 37, according to Scottish Golf chief executive Blane Dodds. (The Scotsman)