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Summary

  1. Mark McGhee in favour of expanded World Cup
  2. Alan Hutton out of Scotland squad to face Lithuania and Slovakia
  3. St Mirren appoint Alloa's Jack as manager

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By Keir Murray and Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye - until tomorrow!

    Thanks for your company today. Join us again tomorrow when we'll do it all again with lots more rolling Scottish football news!

  2. Ross and Ferguson on Sportsound

    You can hear more about the appointment of Jack Ross by St Mirren on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme, which begins shortly at 18.30.

    Meanwhile, there is an extensive interview with Barry Ferguson in which the Clyde manager recalls his highs and controversial lows with Rangers and Scotland.

    It is almost exactly 18 years since he made his Scotland debut against Saturday's opponents, Lithuania.

    Barry Ferguson (left) in action for Scotland against Italy
    Image caption: Barry Ferguson (left) is a former Scotland captain
  3. Alloa's Ross moves to Buddies

    Scottish Championship club St Mirren have appointed Jack Ross as their new manager.

    The 40-year-old, who is leaving League One outfit Alloa Athletic, will be introduced to the media on Wednesday.

    Ross was appointed manager by Alloa in December 2016.

    Although he was unable to prevent their relegation from the Championship, Ross signed a new one-year contract this summer.

    Jack Ross
  4. Paterson poised to play after Hutton withdrawal

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Assistant coach Mark McGhee says Callum Paterson is the perfect fit for Scotland following the withdrawal of fellow right-back Alan Hutton.

    The Scots host Lithuania on Saturday and hope to maintain their winning start to World Cup qualifying after defeating Malta 5-1.

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    Callum Paterson and Alan Hutton
    Image caption: Callum Paterson and Alan Hutton
  5. McGhee expects 'British style game'

    Scotland v Lithuania (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Scotland assistant coach Mark McGhee expects Saturday's opponents Lithuania to be a bigger attacking threat than Malta, who his side beat 5-1 away in the opening World Cup Qualifying Group F fixture.

    "I don't think it will be a game where we are playing possession football at the edge of their box," said McGhee.

    "I expect it to be an exciting game. It is going to be much more of a British-style game than many of these games are."

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    Mark McGhee
  6. Best manager rant? - Barry Ferguson quickfire

    Check out former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson's answers to quickfire questions from Kenny Macintyre.

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    Video caption: Former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson answers quickfire questions
  7. Celtic v City gripped Hull - Snodgrass

    Scotland's Robert Snodgrass recounts how the Hull City players took in the recent 3-3 draw between Celtic and Manchester City.

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    Video caption: Hull players were gripped by Celtic v Man City - Snodgrass
  8. A bigger World Cup? Yes, please

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    Video caption: Scotland assistant Mark McGhee in favour of larger World Cup
  9. Hull City split over Celtic joy

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Robert Snodgrass was delighted that Celtic's Champions League performance against Manchester City had silenced some of the critics of Scottish football. But it appears that not all of his fellow Scots in the Hull City squad were so happy with last week's 3-3 draw. The Scotland midfielder watched the game along with Shaun Maloney, Andrew Robertson and Allan McGregor. 

    And Snodgrass revealed that, while he, Robertson and former Celtic man Maloney were cheering the Glasgow side's goals, former Rangers goalkeeper McGregor was celebrating City's! 

    Need we ask why?

    Hull City and Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor
    Image caption: Allan McGregor appears not to be a Celtic fan
  10. Hogmanay planner

    Those considerate Lanarkshire clubs have, presumably, taken account of their fans' Hogmanay celebrations by bringing forward the kick-off time for Hamilton Academical v Motherwell from 3pm to 1pm, thereby leaving two hours more to prepare the vol-au-vents.

    Motherwell's Chris Cadden and Hamilton's Eamonn Brophy could be facing one another on the final day of the year
    Image caption: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and all that. Motherwell's Chris Cadden and Hamilton's Eamonn Brophy could be facing one another on the final day of the year
  11. Paterson 'terrific', says McGhee

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Scotland assistant boss Mark McGhee says Callum Paterson is the perfect fit for Gordon Strachan's side following the withdrawal of fellow right-back Alan Hutton.

    Hutton pulled out of Gordon Strachan's squad with a calf injury on Monday, two days after making his first Aston Villa appearance since 10 August. 

    But Hearts' Paterson started ahead of Hutton as Scotland began the World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-1 win in Malta last month.

    "I think he's a terrific player," McGhee said of the 21-year-old. "Going forward, he does things that we want, that Gordon wants. 

    "He has assets that suit the way Gordon wants the team to play and the way Gordon wants the full-backs to play. 

    "With Alan's withdrawal, we are lucky to have him."

    Norwich City's Russell Martin is the other natural right-back left in Strachan's squad, but the 30-year-old has mainly been utilised as a central defender under head coach Strachan.

    Callum Paterson celebrates scoring for Hearts against Motherwell on Saturday
    Image caption: Callum Paterson scored for Hearts against Motherwell on Saturday
  12. McGhee expects Lithuania to attack

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport at Mar Hall

    Mark McGhee expects Lithuania to be more enterprising opponents at Hampden than Malta were in Scotland's opening World Cup qualifier.

    "Because of their style, they are not necessarily going to sit in," said the Scotland assistant boss.

    "They will be prepared to get at us a bit, so it should be an exciting game.

    "We will only be favourites because we are at home. We still have it to prove that we are better than them."

    Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee
  13. Hamstrung Kiltie

    John Barnes

    BBC Scotland

    Some bad news from Rugby Park. Kilmarnock's 19-year-old midfielder Greg Kiltie will miss the rest of the season.

    He will undergo surgery later this week to rectify a hamstring problem that has been troubling him recently.

    Kiltie played an hour against Aberdeen on Saturday before being substituted.

    Greg Kiltie has played five games for Killie this season
    Image caption: Greg Kiltie has played five games for Killie this season
  14. Bits & Pieces

    Well, there we have it. Scotland's 2018 World Cup qualification "goal music" at Hampden will be the 1990's rave classic "Bits & Pieces".

    It was picked over The Proclaimers "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles", which has traditionally been played over the PA when Scotland score.

    Bits & Pieces, originally released by Artemesia in 1995, also beat The Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" and the option of no music in a Twitter poll.

    More than 20,000 people voted in the Scottish FA survey.

    Read the full story.

    Scotland fans celebrate Steven Fletcher's goal against Poland in a 2-2 draw at Hampden in October 2015
    Image caption: Scotland fans celebrate Steven Fletcher's goal against Poland in a 2-2 draw at Hampden in October 2015
  15. Four points minimum - Snodgrass

    Clive Lindsay

    BBC Scotland Sport

    Midfielder Robert Snodgrass thinks four points is the minimum Scotland need in the qualifying double header, which begins with a game against Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday followed by a trip to Slovakia on Tuesday. Snodgrass expects Lithuania to be hard to break down but says Scotland need to be patient and take their chances.

    Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass
    Image caption: Robert Snodgrass wants to end a losing run with his club, Hull City, by savouring victory with Scotland
  16. Will it be Sound of Silence?

    You may remember the chat last week about what music - if any - should be played over the PA system at Hampden to celebrate a Scotland goal. Simple Minds' "You Promised Me a Miracle" was one of the more amusing suggestions, with The Proclaimers' "500 Miles" one of the more favoured.

    For Scotland's talismanic attacking midfielder Robert Snodgrass, it has to be "Bits and Pieces".

    "I will be dancing as well," he said.

  17. Time to go large, says McGhee

    Chris McLaughlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    The Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee says he'd be in favour of any plans to extend the World Cup finals from 32 teams to 48. The new Fifa president Gianni Infantino says the world governing body could discuss proposals this month. McGhee says the relative success of some of the so-called smaller nations at the recent European Championship provided evidence that expansion could work. 

  18. On the back pages

    While the front pages of the red tops are at times chock-full of tittle-tattle, you have to turn to the back pages for the real news; sports news, that is.

    So, here's a sample of what's in store in today's gossip column, which picks out the best bits from the papers:

    • Winger Ikechi Anya is winning his race to be fit for Scotland's game against Lithuania on Saturday
    • Slovakia have defensive problems with skipper Martin Skrtel banned for their game against Slovenia and Peter Pekarik and Norbert Gyomber injured
    • Former Scotland captain Graeme Souness likens Scotland v England to an English Championship team taking on one from the Premier League
    • Dundee United defender Lewis Toshney has not, as first feared, broken his ankle but he could still be out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage. 
    • Scotland Under-21s defender Alex Iacovitti, who came through the ranks with Oliver Burke at Nottingham Forest and who has roomed with him when with Scotland age-grade squads, says the Red Bull Leipzig winger is an inspiration to the younger players.

    Read Tuesday's Scottish gossip column in full.

    Alex Iacovitti hopes to gain promotion to Gordon Strachan's senior squad
    Image caption: Towering defender Alex Iacovitti hopes to gain promotion to Gordon Strachan's senior squad
  19. Hutton out

    Scotland will go into the double-header against Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday and Slovakia away on Tuesday without the talents of experienced full-back Alan Hutton. The player is out of the squad because of a calf injury, leaving Hearts' Callum Paterson as the only recognised right-back. We'll have more on that later, once we hear from Mark McGhee.

    Alan Hutton
  20. Good morning

    The morning dew is glistening on the lawns surrounding the Scotland team hotel at beautiful Mar Hall in Bishopton. Inside, we wonder if there is turmoil, angst, nerves and fall-outs...or are Scotland perfectly prepared for the visit of Lithuania? Let's hope so. Assistant manager Mark McGhee, striker Chris Martin and midfielder Robert Snodgrass will be talking to the media shortly.