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Summary

  1. Celtic would be major threat in English League, says Brendan Rodgers
  2. Uefa fines Celtic £8,635 over illicit banner
  3. Rangers manager Mark Warburton accepts one-match ban
  4. Steve Paterson's journey: from Man United to Dufftown

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By Keir Murray and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye but tune in to Sportsound

    That's the end of our rolling coverage of Scottish football for today, but the news keeps coming and Celtic's fine draw at home to Manchester City last night will be high among the topics on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, which is starting now.

    Tune to 810MW, where former Celtic striker Scott McDonald, now of Motherwell, and football writer Henry Winter, of The Times, will be among the guests.

    You can also hear more of that explosive Steve Paterson interview.

  2. 'Rangers starting to motor' - Archibald

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald thinks Rangers have shown improvement despite only taking two points from their last four league games.

    Archibald takes his team to Ibrox on Saturday and has been stressing the difficulty they will face as they look to emerge with a win that would lift them off the bottom of the Premiership and to within a point of their Glasgow rivals.

    "I've been quite impressed," he said. "I like the way they set the team up to play football, I admire the way they play. 

    "They have taken a bit of time to get going. I know their results in the past couple of games haven't been great, but I think they are starting to motor now. 

    "Last week against Aberdeen, at times they were very good. 

    "We know we will need to be at our best to get a result, but we know we have flair, pace and creativity in our team to hurt them." 

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald shares a joke with the media
    Image caption: Alan Archibald shared a joke with the media
  3. Foran accepts blame - and plaudits

    Richie Foran reckons he deserved the criticism that followed his difficult first few weeks as Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager. 

    "Performances weren't good enough at the start of the season and it was down to me, simple as that," said the 36-year-old Irishman. "I took full responsibility."   

    Caley Thistle kicked off the Premiership season with defeats by Partick Thistle, Ross County and Hearts - and suffered a surprise loss to League One part-timers Alloa Athletic in the League Cup. 

    But they have since beaten St Johnstone and Dundee and managed draws against Aberdeen and Celtic.

    "We've had some tough games and taken points against really strong sides," he said.

    "We scored some fantastic goals on Saturday against Dundee, so confidence is high."

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran
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  5. Rangers boss stresses 'competitive' goal

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton appears to have distanced himself from pre-season predictions that the Ibrox side would challenge Celtic and Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership, saying it was the media that talked up that possibility.

    The Ibrox side, promoted last season, sit seventh in the table - seven points adrift of leaders Celtic and three behind second-top Dons.

    "What I said at the start of the season, and I was very, very clear, was that we'd be highly competitive," said the Englishman, whose team lost 2-1 away to Aberdeen on Sunday. 

    "You guys said about challenging Celtic and challenging Aberdeen. I said we'd be highly competitive and that won't change. 

    "I think you saw on Sunday we were highly competitive, but we have to get the rewards for it. 

    "What we have to do is to turn our domination and ball possession into rewards."

    Rangers assistant David Weir at training as Mark Warburton barks orders
    Image caption: Mark Warburton (right) was getting his point across at Rangers' training on Thursday
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  10. Warburton accepts one-game ban

    It has been a busy day on the disciplinary front and now it is Rangers' turn. 

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton has accepted a one-match touchline ban after being accused of using "offensive, abusing and insulting language" at officials.

    The Englishman was left angry after Aberdeen were awarded a free-kick that led to James Maddison's late winning goal at Pittodrie on Sunday.

    Warburton was also unhappy about an offside call involving Barrie McKay.

    He will sit out Saturday's match against Partick Thistle after admitting a Scottish FA misconduct charge.

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    Mark Warburton confronts the officials at Pittodrie
  11. English clubs fear Celtic - Rodgers

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he understands why the English league has closed the door on any notion of the Scottish champions joining their set-up. He says it would be a terrifying prospect for them. 

    Rodgers was speaking just hours after Celtic held the English Premier League leaders Manchester City to a 3-3 draw in the Champions League. 

    Following weeks of restructuring discussions, English Football League announced last week that no Scottish clubs would be invited into any expanded set-up in the future. 

    "There's no doubt that Celtic is a major threat to nearly every English club," said the former Liverpool boss. 

    "If Celtic were in England they would be in the top four or top six - can you imagine the resources that would come with that and what that would produce for Celtic?

    "It could go as far as it wants then," he said. 

    "If you are a club in those leagues are you going to want that kind of a threat? I don't think you would want it and that's the reality."

    Rodgers also said last night's Champions League performance provided proof that the competition itself should not become a closed shop to all but clubs with the biggest finances. 

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola issues instructions
    Image caption: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his players as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola issues instructions
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  13. 'Do to Celtic what Celtic did to Man City'

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Dundee boss Paul Hartley says his players need to do to Celtic what the Parkhead club did to Manchester City when they meet at Dens Park on Saturday.

    Hartley watched Wednesday night's Champions League clash from the stands and says the quality of Brendan Rodgers' side is now shining through.

    "They had an outstanding performance last night," Hartley told BBC Scotland.

    "We know we are up against a top-quality side. We have to try and make the game difficult, just like Celtic did to Manchester City. They played the game well and continued to press. It was a fantastic game of football."

    Dundee are without a win in the league since the opening day of the season with three defeats and three draws in their last six games.

    Hartley insists his players will come through this dip in form and there are reasons for their current run of form.

    The manager said: "We have been written off and this is a game no-one expects us to get anything from. I believe in the players and the work they have been doing this week in training. 

    "We will have to work really hard to get any type of a result. We have had two defeats and we have not picked up enough points. We are early into the season and have eight new players so we have got to keep working hard and stick together as a group. Their attitude has been first class from day one so we will come through this."

    Midfielder Paul McGowan and manager Paul Hartley
    Image caption: Midfielder Paul McGowan, seen here with manager Paul Hartley, says the game against Celtic is just what Dundee need
  14. Foul play...

    Scottish teams have been keeping Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body busy today.

    Uefa has ordered that Gareth Evans' Scotland Women's Under-19s team have forfeited their European Championship qualifying match against Serbia on 19 September.

    It considers that Scotland refused to play the game, which was meant to take place in Albania, and has ruled that Serbia won 3-0.

    The Scottish Football Association claimed the players were suffering "an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis" and were in no position to play.

    Serbia media reports had alleged that the Scotland players were hungover.

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    Steve Paterson in 1976-77
    Image caption: Steve Paterson played for Scotland Under-18s when only 15. Here he is in season 1976-77, aged 18 or 19.
  19. Pele Paterson's tale

    There's a powerful interview with Steve Paterson on Sportsound this evening, from 18:30 BST. The former Manchester United player talks about his journey from Mostodloch near Elgin, to Old Trafford and to Dufftown via Pittodrie - and an escape in the boot of a car.

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    Video caption: Mental heath was a taboo before - Steve Paterson
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