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Summary

  1. Build-up to England v Scotland
  2. Barton named player of the month
  3. Wembley clash is 'going to be closer than people think' - Paul Lambert
  4. Rangers' Barton signed off with stress

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By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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    Personally, I was torn between two formations. One, 4-4-2 at home and a diamond away from home.

    Choose your combined Scotland and England team.

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  3. Rodgers' Celtic impress Van Hooijdonk

    Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk spoke to our reporter Kenny Crawford at the draw for the 2017 Women's European Championship in Rotterdam.

    The former Netherlands international says, if the Scottish champions can secure third place in their Champions League group, that would be a satisfactory outcome.

    “Third place I think would be a big achievement," Van Hooijdonk said.

    "When the draw was made and you see yourself in the same group as Manchester City and Barcelona then you know it’s going to be an unbelievable task to qualify. That is not a problem, in my opinion, if that (qualifying from the group) doesn’t happen. But it would be great if Celtic could continue in Europe."

    Van Hooijonk has been impressed with the start Brendan Rodgers has made to life as Celtic manager.

    “I think he’s started really well," he said. "The way the team is playing, they are scoring a lot of goals, so it all looks good. 

    "The game against Manchester City is still in the memory of many of us around the world. Everybody has seen the highlights or the live coverage of that game. 

    "To see Celtic performing well against a team with so much quality and so much money was a fantastic job."

    Pierre van Hooijdonk
    Image caption: Van Hooijdonk scored the winner for Celtic against Airdrie in the 1995 Scottish Cup final
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    Our Scotland squad selector doesn't appear to be producing much unanimity. 

    Make your selection.

    Zach Smith's Scotland selection
    Image caption: Zach Smith is urging Gordon Strachan to rethink his defence, with Christophe Berra, Charlie Mulgrew and Stephen Kingsley all starting.
    Nicky Lawrie's Scotland selection
    Image caption: Nicky Lawrie is another who wants to see Christophe Berra at the heart of Scotland's defence. Oliver Burke, Scott Brown, Callum Paterson and Leigh Griffiths are also proving popular picks.
  5. How will sport feel the Trump effect?

    Donald Trump plays golf

    A US Olympic bid, future football World Cup, alleged Fifa corruption and the expansion of US sports could all face challenges under Donald Trump, writes BBC Sport's Richard Conway.

    Of course, here in Scotland, the new US President owns two high-profile golf courses and has already had his brushes with the Scottish Government.

    How will sport feel the Trump effect?

    Trump

    A US Olympic bid, future World Cup, alleged Fifa corruption and expansion of US sports could all face challenges under Donald Trump, writes Richard Conway.

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  6. Barton's bullet header

    Yes, we know this was scored in November.

    However, Adam Barton winning the Premiership player of the month award for October gives us an excuse to show you this again.

    The Partick Thistle midfielder netted this cracker in their 2-1 defeat by Aberdeen.

  7. 'England on a wobble' - Brown

    Former manager Craig Brown has urged Scotland to be confident of taking advantage of an English "wobble" at Wembley. 

    Brown led Scotland to victory over a side including the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer on their last competitive game at the old Wembley Stadium in 1999. 

    And he thinks the Scots can do likewise on Friday against a side with an interim manager, Gareth Southgate, in charge after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

    "They have got to be brave and confident and not go down there with any feeling of inferiority, because England are on a wobble at the moment," he said of an England side who drew their last World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.

    "They struggled in the last game they played and even the game they had with Big Sam, they weren't convincing at all. 

    "So I think England are in a transitional period and they are not stable.

    "I think it gives Scotland a great opportunity because we always rise to the occasion when we go to Wembley and I'm sure we will do that this time."

    Scotland's Barry Ferguson and Craig Brown at Wembley
    Image caption: Brown (right) led his team to victory at Wembley but lost out on aggregate to England
  8. Partick Thistle midfielder Adam Barton

    Partick Thistle midfielder Adam Barton is Premiership player of the month after an unbeaten October for his club.

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  9. Lambert on Scotland's record

    "The whole country" needs Scotland to qualify for a major tournament again, says former Scotland midfielder Paul Lambert. 

    The Scots last featured in a major finals at the World Cup in France in 1998 and Lambert says it's been "far too long".

    "There's no way I thought that would've been our last tournament," he added. "We've got a chance going down there [against England at Wembley on Friday] and I guarantee their performance level will raise because of the atmosphere and the game they're playing in." 

    Former Scotland midfielder Paul Lambert in action at France 98
    Image caption: Paul Lambert featured the last time Scotland featured in a major finals - France 98
  10. Buchanan plea to Livi boss

    Liam Buchanan believes David Hopkin has played a big part in his strong start to the season - but wishes the Livingston boss would stop substituting him when he's on a hat-trick.

    The 31-year-old striker has been named League One player of the month after scoring five goals in five games during October.

    Buchanan, who joined Livi from Alloa Athletic this summer, has hit four doubles this season on his way to a total of 15 goals, but he has failed to complete three of those games.

    "It's been great," he said of working under David Hopkin, who has also been named manager of the month. "And, if he stops taking me off when I'm on two goals, it'll be even better.

    "He's one of the few managers that want to coach you as well, so you're always learning under him.

    "You're never too old to be learning and I think this year he's turned me into a better player so I can only keep going."

    Livingston's Liam Buchanan with his Ladbrokes trophy
    Image caption: Liam Buchanan was named player of the month in League Two by Ladbrokes
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    But it looks like Charlie Mulgrew has been brought in as cover in central defence rather than left-back, where Lee Wallace is favourite to deputise in the absence of Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. 

    Russell Martin and Mulgrew in the middle?

    Remember Mulgrew can also play a holding role in midfield. Re-united with former Celtic team-mate Scott Brown?

  12. Strachan has 'a difficult job' - Lambert

    Responding to suggestions from Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam that Gordon Strachan isn't picking the best players available for Scotland, Lambert said: "It's really difficult for any manager to pick a squad and try to keep everybody happy.

    "It's well-nigh impossible. People have got to respect Gordon's decision and he's picked who he thinks is the best squad.

    "Charlie's playing well with Stoke at the minute and Gordon's got a difficult job picking a certain amount of guys to come in.

    "So, whatever team Gordon picks on that night, you hope the whole country gets behind the team."         

    Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam (left) and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
    Image caption: Charlie Adam (left) is unhappy that he's not in Gordon Strachan's Scotland plans